We are getting ready to attend the Spring Racing Carnival 2021 physically, as Melbourne shrugs off its title as the most lockdown city.
How will you ace racewear style in 2021?
The trick to getting it right is about adding a central focus to your outfit. Accessorise a flamboyant frock with muted accessories. A bejewelled clutch could offset a neutral dress. An understated dress will be the perfect foil for a statement hat.
The inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight. Derby Day is set in the classic mode, with strict etiquette and dress code to follow. Derby Day is about monochrome, tints and tones of black and white.
Black and white, in all its avatars, takes over the city on Derby Day. Men can be seen in tints and tones of grey, ranging from silver to charcoal. Women wear lace dresses – white lace on white – black lace on white. Polka dots, big and small, are visible on swinging wrap dresses. Some women shimmer in head to toe silver. There are solid black dresses or white. Colour blocking on dresses, alternating between black and white, make bold statements. Clutch bags in black, white and silver complete the Derby Day outfits. Hats range from fascinators to the more versatile tiaras, boaters and sun hats.
What are the racewear trends for Melbourne Cup Day 2021?
Passion and intensity are high on the list of must-haves this Cup Day. The in the know palette is top to toe carmine. Wear head to toe red, beginning with red headwear, dress, clutch bag and shoes. If red is not your poison, you may wear hot pink, coral or aubergine.
Florals are in, again. But florals in 2021, are bold, dark and gothic. Mysterious florals interspersed with jewel tones will bloom everywhere. Demure dresses in coral, red, aubergine and primrose rule. Bold poppies in coral and fresh daisies in aqua and yellow will match the warmth of a 'sunny' cup day.
Keep it structured:
A racewear frock needs a racewear headgear and a racewear clutch bag. Structured accessories will offset colourful dresses. Keep them architectural and sculpted. The boxy clutch is trending at the moment. Fashioned out of chain mail, hand beaded embellished with rhinestones, the variety is myriad. Opt for a classic Gatsby clutch or add a hint of boho chic with a brocade bag with danglers. A classic clutch bag does not have side slings, hence the name clutch. Side slings are a recent modification to classic clutch bags. They keep your hands free for the mint juleps and the canapés.
High Shine Metallics:
Winking silver and glistening gold will add sparkle to dresses and bags. Intimidated by head to toe shimmer? Add it in small doses – a matte gold clutch bag or diamante’ shoes.
Feathers and Frills:
Trims and embellishments will include feathers and frills with a bit of swish. Feathers on fascinators and flounces on dresses will reflect this trend.
A racewear post is incomplete without a reference to headwear. Tiaras are a popular and practical option. But nothing can beat the appeal of a custom-made fascinator. A milliner can radically improve your racewear persona. She will study your face, complexion and hair. Ideally, you should have three fittings with your milliner. Communicate your likes and dislikes, colour preferences and dress options when you meet your milliner. Have an interim meeting for a trial fitting. Your milliner will do the final tweaks on the spot at the third meeting and voila, you will be racewear ready!
Carry a scarf to cover those bare arms and shoulders.
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