This weekend marks the beginning of one of my favourite weeks in Australian sport and sees some of the biggest events in the Spring Racing calendar.

Having spent the majority of my high school years working with race horses at stables up in Queensland, this weeks brings back a lot of love and fond memories of my time with these gorgeous animals. I remember going to the races at Caloundra on a weekend with a bunch of horses. I would spend my day running between the stables and the Pavilion to see what the patrons had decided to wear.

While the stables hand days are long gone now, the love for field fashion is still present. For those not familiar with the Spring Racing Carnival the main days are Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day and Stakes Day. I’ve never had the opportunity to attend the famous home of racing in Melbourne but let me tell you, they really knock it up a notch here in Sydney for the races.

Derby Day kicks off the festivities this Saturday and I’ve teamed up with accessories gurus, Colette by Colette Hayman to give you some fashion inspiration for the coming week whether you’re going to be trackside or desk-side.


With a strict dress code of black and white, Derby Day is essentially the “pre-party” for Melbourne Cup.It is by far the most glamorous day on the racing calendar and is known for it’s elegance and tradition.

On this day you will see a sea of black and white outfits. Some will be classic while others are more fashion forward and edgy.
(I am still not over Elyse Knowles’ Derby Day 2017 outfit!).
From statement sleeves, lacey numbers, ruffles and polka dots, Derby Day is the time to experiment with your monochrome pieces.

I’ve paired this modest black dress with bell sleeves and monochrome trimming with a statement handbag.
This dress allows the handbag to be the statement of the day yet still look feminine and fun.

You can purchase the Bella Embellished bag here


The day of days, the race of races, Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major Thoroughbred horse race. The fashion stakes are at an all time high this day and if you’re planning on going “all out”, Melbourne Cup is the day to do it! Nothing is off limits when it comes to the millinery, the colour and designs of outfits. So stand out from the crowd with over sized pieces,  outrageous colours, prints and accessories.

Taking on the bigger is better brief, I’ve taken this statement dress and styled it with chunky, statement gold jewellery. With an eye catching outfit it’s important to tie it together with accessories that will compliment your outfit.  This is a perfect look for those new to the racing scene or for someone wanting to wear a statement outfit without the OTT factor.

You can shop the Gold Metal Flower Stud earrings here and the Gold Metal Floral headband here


Otherwise known as Ladies Day, Oakes day embodies beauty, romance and wonderment. Feminine palettes are in with racegoers opting for floral prints and pretty pastel colours. In other words if it’s feminine, you can wear it!
Floaty skirts, ruffles and frills are a major trend track side with playful and fun millinery and accessories tying it all together.

I’ve opted for my go to feminine dress and paired it with this gorgeous woven pastel bag.
I’ve kept the millinery simple and timeless with the gorgeous silver and pearl headband.

You can purchase the Annalise Tassel Nude Bag here and Silver Tone Diamonte headband here.


The Finale to Cup Week. If you’ve lasted this long, congratulations!
While Stakes Day may be the most relaxed day of the week, style doesn’t sleep so you better dress up but be sure to embrace a level of comfort.
Slip in to a relaxed dress, swap the sky high heels for kitten heels wear your favourite boat hat and fun accessories.

I’ve always loved how relaxed and fun this dress is. The colourful statement earrings and fascinator reinforces the message that I’m here for a good time.

You can shop the fascinator here and similar jewel earrings here

Are you headed to the races this year? What’s your go to style? Let me know below!

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Chloe xx

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