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Race Day Fashion

02 Nov 2018

Giddy up girls and get ready for the races! If this isn’t a chance to get dressed up in your finery, I don’t know what is.

Giddy up girls and get ready for the races! If this isn’t a chance to get dressed up in your finery, I don’t know what is. 

Dressing for the races is all about putting your best foot forward, making a statement, wowing the crowd and doing it with confidence and flair. Below are my top ten picks for race day fashion plus a few tips on how to rock them...

GET THE LOOK: 1.Portmans - Daffodil Tie Front Voile Dress $119.95 
2. Jacqui E - Ali Pin Tuck Waist Flute Sleeve $149.95 
3. Jacqui E - Loop Fascinator $29.95 
4. Cue - Faille Asymmetric Peplum Dress $310.00  
5. Max - Tori Tie Waist Jumpsuit $149.99 
6. Country Road - Wide Brim Hat $99.90  
7. Mi Piaci - Max Mule $260.00 
8. Merchant 1948 - Crush Cross Body Bag $189.90 
9. Glassons - Block Heel $49.99 
10. Farmers - Whistle Geo Fan Earrings $16.90


We are well under way with spring and with it comes a variety of dresses and skirts - this season is all about feminine prints, ruffles, pleats and large florals.

Garments with ruffling, fluttery sleeves or pleating are oh so romantic, while the ‘swish factor’ is flirty and very forgiving.

Portmans Daffodil Tie Front Dress has all of the above going on, not to mention a crowd wowing colour combination and print.


Forget Tall Poppy Syndrome, this is your chance to make a statement! Try a bold colour and pair your outfit with a complimentary pair of heels and clutch.

Feeling bright and a tad festive? Shades of red are a sure winner, while jewel toned greens and pretty pastels will have everyone covered. If you don’t feel so brave to go bold, go for pattern and play on a colour within the print with a powerhouse pout, matching nail polish and statement shoe.


Not feeling so adventurous? Nothing beats a classic polished look. The key here is to go for elegant fabrics and interesting tailoring such as asymmetrical hemlines or peplum skirting.

I personally love the look of a playsuit for a dressy, non-dress outfit. It's the perfect piece for the girl who loves to wear the pants. My pick is the Max Tori Tie Waist Jumpsuit for effortless dressing and elegance in navy.


Accessories really do make or break the outfit and it goes without saying that your accessories should be treated as the icing on the cake. Consider a well styled hat, a complimentary coloured fascinator or a statement pair of earrings.

They say to back a winning horse, so go and be that pretty pony.

Stylishly Yours



Kerry Finlay

Kerry is Mum to 3 daughters, a British comedy addict and quite partial to a good burger. She is also an Auckland based personal style coach specialising in working with everyday women to achieve a confident personal style...