The weather has started cooling down here in SA but that’s no excuse to stay indoors. Autumn is a great time of the year to be outdoors and it also happens to be when the Adelaide Racing Carnival is held. With three big race days held on consecutive weekends in May we are about to go into ‘racewear overload’. Some people start planning their outfits early while it’s quite common for most people to pull something together the day before. We’ve sourced a variety of outfits with options for each race day and the best part is it’s all found in Adelaide. Don’t worry if you live interstate these brands are all available online too.

Oaks Day – for the girls
Kicking off the carnival on May 7th at Morphettville is Oaks Day, which is also traditionally known as Ladies Day because of the fabulous fashion seen trackside. Not only is this the first featured race day of the carnival, but it is also when the Fashion at the Races winner will be announced. Oaks Day is all about feminine and ladylike attire. Although there is no set dress code, this is your chance to go all out with millinery and order a bespoke piece or play around with colours and prints.

Long hemlines are everywhere this season and Keepsake have nailed with this stunning dress, which also comes in a two piece set and optional colour variations. Pretty scalloped edging and a throwback to the 30’s with delicate fringing makes it a versatile option for the races or any special occasion. The beautiful autumn hues of teal and burgundy set against the soft pink give the wearer plenty of options for matching millinery and accessories. We chose to highlight the burgundy on the dress with this custom made millinery and compliment the leather flowers with matching leather gloves. The neutral pink heels and clutch make the dress and millinery the focus by drawing attention to colour without being too ‘matchy-matchy’.

Not everyone wants to spend hundreds on their millinery so we used a pretty lace crown in white as a more relaxed option for this second look. You can see how easy it is to alter the mood of an outfit, just by changing the headpiece or bag. Gloves aren’t for everyone, but they can really finish off an outfit by bringing it all together, especially if you are competing in a fashion on the field event.

Che’s Outfit details:
Dress –  ‘The Other Side Dress’ Keepsake The Label
Shoes – Regina Sole Queen
Millinery/Gloves – Adorn Collection
Pink Clutch – Colette
Green Clutch – Touche de Paris


Oaks Day – for the boys
Although Oaks Day can be focused on the ladies, there are a few simple things the boys can do to make sure they stand out in the crowd. Add a touch of class with a lapel pin, pocket square and don’t forget about your sock choice. The pop of colour in the pocket square and printed socks are a cheeky way to add your own personal touch to an outfit if you like to keep things simple yet stylish.

Blue hues are always a great staple to have in your wardrobe and we are seeing them a lot this Autumn, it’s a basic colour that can be matched with anything. Steve has matched his shoes with his belt which is a really easy way to make your whole look seem polished and well put together.

Steve’s outfit details
Suit – Studio Italia from Peter Shearer Menswear
Shirt – Brooksfield Australia
Tie/Lapel Pin – Dappertude
Tie Clip – One Bar Co
Pocket Square – OTAA Australia
Shoes – Blaq from Myer
Socks – Sprezzabox
Watch – Blaax
Bracelets – Decorus Stockholm
Glasses – Asos

We have plenty more Style Guide options to come for Derby Day and Goodwood Day.

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Thankyou to the Style Guide team…
Styling: Racewear Carousel and Steve Tilbrook
Photography: Mark Boxer – Hoon Media
Models: Che Kerr-Pilling and Steve Tilbrook
Makeup: Blonde & Co