Trackside trends

By Jessica Ball 08 November 2017

The Spring Racing Carnival is all about the fashion and sans millinery, these trackside trends can easily translate to an eye catching bridesmaid look.

Blooming prints

Feminine patterns were a popular choice for women looking to make a statement during this year’s carnival.

In a yellow and pink floral number, Holly Stearnes took out best dressed in the Myers Fashions on the Field at the Melbourne Cup.

From Sam Frost’s detailed black and white Derby Day ensemble to Nadia Bartel’s pop of red, print dresses are ideal for the bold bridal party.

Myer Fashions on the Field winner Holly Stearnes during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo AAP.
Zheng Meng during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo AAP.
Nadia Bartel at the Melbourne Cup. Photo AAP.
Sam Frost on Victoria Derby day. Photo AAP.

Slinky sleeves

Long sleeves were a standout trend during the overcast 2017 Spring Racing Carnival.

Paris Jackson oozed bohemian style in a textured coral dress while Samantha Harris’s sophisticated outfit flowed with feminine flare.

Not only a classy choice for bridesmaid attire, long sleeves are also perfect for a wedding hosted on the cusp of winter.

Paris Jackson during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo: AAP.
Samantha Harris during Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP.
Elyse Knowles during Caulfield Cup Day.

A vision in white

White has always been a go to for Derby Day but has also quickly evolved into a top choice for bridesmaid dresses.

This shade is perfect for lady-like designs with delicate details like the dresses worn by Elyse Knowles and Rachael Finch during the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival.

White may be simple, but it epitomises elegance.

Elyse Knowles on Victoria Derby day. Photo: AAP.
Nadia Bartel on Victoria Derby day. Photo: AAP.
Rachael Finch poses on Caulfield Cup Day. Photo: AAP.

A splash of colour

Bright colours are always encouraged at the Melbourne Cup and this year was no exception.

Block colour designs took center stage with vibrant citrus hues of orange and yellow worn by Anna Heinrich and Elyse Knowles while others turned heads in dynamic red and electric blue.

Why not consider these bold colours for your bridal party?

Brooke Hogan during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo AAP.
Anna Heinrich at the Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP.
Nadia Bartel on Caulfield Cup Day. Photo AAP.
Elyse Knowles and Brooke Meredith during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo AAP.

Wear the pants

A modern twist on race wear, the pant suit is a practical choice for a day at the races that can be easily transformed into an edgy bridesmaid look.

While Natalie Barr, Jessica Gomes and Kate Waterhouse all went for a structured white ensemble, the options are endless when it comes comes to pant suits.

Natalie Barr during Melbourne Cup Day. Photo: AAP.
Jessica Gomes poses on Caulfield Cup Day. Photo: AAP.
Kate Waterhouse on Victoria Derby day. Photo: AAP.

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