Autumn Race Wear Ready

If you’re in a funk about leaving the best of summer behind you, it’s time to get onboard with the Autumn Racing Carnival to pull yourself out of those cold weather blues. With races around the nation there are plenty of opportunities to get your glad rags on and forget about the wintery weather.

Feminine florals

Getting race day ready is almost more fun than race day itself, and is a great excuse to embrace all your girly desires. Embrace your feminine side with flirty florals with the Rosemary Scuba dress by Lover the Label. Featuring a flared mini skirt to balance out long sleeves and a high neck in a pastel blue floral print, the only accessory this frock needs is a flute of bubbly.

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For a bolder take on the look, the Zimmerman Tropicale Lattice dress features an open lattice back with sweet lace accents in a striking pink print. The short sleeves and ruffled skirt channel a 1950s tea dress style with a modern twist.

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Continue the feminine feel with a pastel pink Max Alexander fascinator. The colour will provide a soft contrast to the Zimmerman, while drawing attention to the floral detailing of the Lover frock, and the comb design is versatile for different hairstyles. Try an up-do if the weather is warmer, or leave your hair flowing for a cooler day.

Classic monochrome

Black and white is a racing carnival staple, but put away your usual LBD with the end of summer and embrace the new season. The Paige dress by Alex Perry couples sweeping sleeves with structured shoulders and a deep V-neck for a dramatic shape, while the demure hemline will keep away any autumnal chills.

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For a classy race day look you can’t go past this Alexis Marisa midi. A modest neckline and flattering ¾ sleeves contrast with the fitted silhouette and intricate lace detailing for a restrained sexiness that is the height of elegance.

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Complete your look with the Nadia headband, the perfect choice for a monochrome outfit. The crown-like structured lace and satin-wrapped headband will offset the colour and lace detailing of the dresses.

Colour pop

The races are always a good place to experiment with new colours and styles that you wouldn’t always wear. This racing season try embracing fall colours and choose a frock in yellows, oranges or reds. The Alex Perry Lola mini conjures up thoughts of fall foliage with its bursting yellow hue, and the layered skirt and one-shoulder décolletage create an interesting shape.

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Steal Jen Hawkins sultry race day style with the red hot Justine pantsuit. The perfect autumn colour, this pantsuit is a playful take on race wear tradition. The high neck and long legs of the pantsuit will keep you cosy, while the daring chest split and open back provide sexy detailing.

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Allow your bold outfit choice to be the focal point with an understated bag like this YSL Tassel clutch. The nude colour is the perfect versatile choice to offset any autumn shade. Choose accessories in gold to tie the outfit together.

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Boys club

The racing carnival is also a good chance for men to experiment with their usual suit style. A two-tone suit is a good way to explore new colours or give new life to an older suit. This tan Jack London blazer lends itself to darker coloured chinos or trousers, while a darker coloured pocket square adds interest to the outfit.

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You can never go wrong with a blue suit, and this dusty cashmere version by Calibre is a perfect choice for autumn. To bring a fresh twist to the look add in a patterned shirt or pocket square – try florals if you’re feeling brave, or checks for a more subdued look.

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