Look 1: Structured Midi Skirt

A structured midi skirt is the perfect exclamation dot to a great blouse. The South Australian state MYER FOTF representative Melissa Barnes embraced the structured midi skirt in her winning look earlier this year, teaming it with an off-the-shoulder blouse.

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Maticevski ‘Inductor Panel’ Skirt (Available Now Online or at Myer, $1600)

Image Credit: Maticevski

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ASOS WHITE Vinyl Cotton Pleated Layered Midi Skirt (Available Now Online, $149)

Image Credit: ASOS

 

Look 2: Celestial Earrings

It’s all about the statement earring this season and what better way to complement a colourful outfit than with these metallic beauties? They’re also a fun alternative to tassel or floral designs.

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Christie Nicolaides ‘Adara’ Earrings in Silver or Gold (Available Now Online, $249)

Image Credit: Christie Nicolaides

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Lovisa ‘Celestial Moon’ Earrings (Available Now Online or in Store, Price $19.99)

Image Credit: Lovisa

 

Look 3: The Veiled Boater

The Boater is back again this season but with a touch more class. We’re seeing a lot of frayed edging, neck ties and floral adornments. My favourite take is the Veiled Boater – and this gorgeous design from Awon Golding, complete with rhinestone detailing, takes the cake. Looking for a more budget friendly option? You can pick up a straw boater from most department stores and with some DIY veiling from Spotlight, you have your very own Veiled Boater for under $30.  

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Awon Golding Knotted Boater with Veil (Available Now Online or at Myer, $570)

Image Credit: Myer

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South Beach Straw Boater (Available Online from ASOS, $24.00)

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Shamrock Craft Veiling (Available from Spotlight, $7.99 per metre)

Image Credits: ASOS & Spotlight

 

Look 4: Ark Handbag

Consistently selling out and with waitlists of over 2500, the Cult Gaia ‘Ark’ bag is a certified cult hit. For those not wanting to spend nearly $400 on what is a fairly impractical bag, plenty of cheaper options have popped up online in the last few months. While Aussie label Ellen & James stocks the classic Black and Tan colours, we have also seen White and Green available from Best Dressed Accessories.

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Cult Gaia ‘Ark’ Mini Acrylic Clutch (Available from Net-A-Porter, $370)

Image Credit: Net-A-Porter

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Ellen & James ‘Aiko’ Bamboo Clutch in Black or Tan (Available Online, $101)

Image Credit: Ellen & James

 

Look 5: Bracelet Clutch

One of the most highly regarded judging criteria for FOTF is “attention to detail with accessories”. Any unique spin you can add to your outfit through your accessories is a talking point. Clutches with bracelet or wristlet handles are a great example of this, as seen in the New South Wales state MYER FOTF representative Crystal Kimber’s winning look this year.

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Chloé ‘Nile’ Bracelet Leather Shoulder Bag (Available from Net-A-Porter, $2360)

Image Credit: Net-A-Porter

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Bag Queen ‘Mr Sneaky’ Clutch in Pink, Blue, Cream or Black (Available Online or from the Spring Racing Pop Up at The Como in Melbourne, $80)

Image Credit: Bag Queen

 

Look 6: The LLBD (Little Lace Black Dress)

What’s better than a LBD? An LLBD of course! Lace looks great on everyone and let’s face it, you can wear it time and time again – it’s a classic. Racewear royalty Thurley have some amazing lace dresses again this Spring, but if you can’t afford the $600 price tag then head to ASOS for plenty of options under $150.

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Thurley ‘Eternity’ Dress (Available Online, $599)

Image Credit: Thurley

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ASOS Premium Lace Insert Midi Dress (Available Online, $109)

Image Credit: ASOS

 

There are so many great cost-effective Spring Racing options out there at the moment, particularly for those deciding to attend a last minute event. I could go on and on about great bargains but my favourite go-to value websites are definitely ASOS and the Iconic for clothes and accessories – and Lack of Color for a wide brim hat.

In my next blog I’ll be chatting about how to Prepare for a Day at the Races – stay tuned xoxo