On the weekend at Clare we saw the fashion range from Balenciaga to Big W and everything in between. In a sea of floppy felt hats there were a handful of outfits that left very little to the imagination with strapless tops and short skirts a-plenty but this was to be expected as the party atmosphere trackside was buzzing with an energetic ‘younger’ crowd. There were many racegoers dressed in casual outfits along with those who had spent time meticulously planning and putting together their unique outfits.

Brad’s Y.D. suit and accessories were a sharp looking combination. The mix of paisley prints and colours shows that it can pay off to take a risk and try something new. “I just went in and got the whole outfit there, the shirt was my addition but she (the assistant) did the rest”. Brad’s lapel pin and pocket square were a nice touch and got him over the line winning the ‘Best Dressed Male’

‘Fashions at the Races’ best dressed female winner Auburney, was popular with the crowd and turns out the judges loved her look too. The structural draping of her Balenciaga dress was co-ordinated with a pair of very practical Louboutin wedges (a great option for a day on grass) and Myer headband.

Brooke’s bubbly personality shone through in her bright outfit which was made up of fun little accessories including yellow gloves from Ebay, pretty flower earrings from Lovisa, heels from Novo and a complimenting Olga Berg clutch. Brooke made her season appropriate felt hat (The Great Hatsby) to match the colours in her City Chic skirt.

Looking very dapper and ‘Ascot’ ready was Matt from Clare who was in a stylish suit topped off with a felt Akubra top hat from Adelaide Hatters.

Penny from Melbourne wore a black Sports Girl hat, Tiger Lilly dress and Cotton on shoes.

Ash from Adelaide was wearing an outfit featuring a Finders Keepers print skirt, Mollini shoes and Bardot top. Her on trend boater hat was from General Pants Co and custom made leather clutch, which belonged to her grandmother, pulled the outfit together nicely.

It was clear that Debra had spent time putting her elegant outfit together. She planned everything around the Panama wide brimmed hat and hand bag set which she bought while on holiday with her husband in Ecuador.

Little Noah was too cute in his waistcoat, jacket and top hat. His mum went shopping at the last minute and found his gorgeous little hat at the Central Markets and outfit from Myer.


I bumped into Thomas on the way out and had to stop him so I could get a closer look at his eye catching accessories. His fashion advice for ‘the blokes’ is to get an affordable suit, like his from ASOS, and play around with the accessories such as a printed tie, lapel pin and novelty tie clips (from My Suited Life). A brave choice of pink creates a point of interest against the blue suit. The standout for me was the pistol tie clip on the floral tie which seamlessly pull all the elements of his stylish outfit together.

Stay tuned for Cat’s Oakbank recap and our PICK OF THE DAY!

Mel xx