The BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival is a truly celebration, delivering four heart stopping days of racing; a mecca for world-class fashion and entertainment and easily one of the most anticipated events on the social and sporting calendar. Despite the excitement, hitting the mark with your sartorial race day choices can be as difficult as picking a winner on the track. One cloud covered, bitterly cold and (almost) gale blowing morning, the Couturing team headed to Caulfield Racecourse to document the best of the very best race day fashion in the race to a photo-ready finish.


The utterly beautiful Georgina Holliday, of Giant Model Management, and the gorgeous and charismatic Hetty Kate, the 2012 Face of Caulfield, braved the elements and modeled the finest spring offerings from a handful of Australia’s finest designers. Georgina is a true professional, walking on her toes to avoid sinking into the grass at the finish post and not uttering a single complaint as she is nearly knocked over by a gust of wind wearing a mesh-panelled mini dress. Hetty epitomises the fun and glamour that is the Caulfield Cup Carnival. An intoxicating concoction of both style and wit, Hetty had the entire team in hysterics despite the lackluster weather conditions and time constraints.


The Caulfield Cup is a chance for racegoers and fashion lovers to make elegant wardrobe choices. It’s a chance to juxtapose daring prints with classic silhouettes and vice versa. With a setting as picturesque as the Caulfield Racecourse, why not choose an outfit that makes you feel divine?


With so many dresses in stores dripping with sequins and feathers, complete with shoulder pads, bubble hems and peplums that just don’t sit the way we’d like, it’s easy for budding Spring Carnival fashionistas to overstep that elusive line between OTT and race day perfection. Stick to a cut that flatters you in a directional, trend driven print or colour, or choose a dress in your favourite block colour with an unexpected point of difference; the bright orange Suspended Mini Dress by Dion Lee, as worn by Georgina, is a favourite of ours. Don’t feel you must wear a dress either. While ultra-feminine glamour is a safe bet, two piece suits or skirt and blouse combinations are a fashion-forward way to approach Spring Carnival dressing. Clad in designer ensembles courtesy of Fame Agenda, Scene Boutique, Gusto & Elan and major Caulfield Cup sponsor David Jones, our striking models successfully showcased the very best in trackside fashion.


Unless you’re headed to a royal wedding, your only opportunity to wear a hat or fascinator is a day at the races. Choose a style to compliment the overall style of your outfit; the colour doesn’t have to match, but select an opulent beaded headdress if you’ve chosen a Gatsby-esque feminine frock, or a huge avant-garde piece if you’re wearing a structured dress in a modern digital print. Headwear and accessories top off an outfit and bring it together as one fashionable entity, hence requiring as much thought and considered selection as your dress. With outfit-topping pieces courtesy of Swoon Boutique and Mimco at our disposable, styling was truly effortless.


With so much attention on headwear, the perfect shoe is often an afterthought. Keep in mind where you’ll be spending the day; if you’ll be treading on grass, a thin stiletto is an impractical choice unless you want to spend the day on your tip-toes. If you feel a block heel or wedge isn’t quite right for you, it’s imperative that you choose a height that will see you from day to night. Heels in hand are never a good look. Our models wore a selection of mid-heels from RMK and Aldo; high enough to elongate the leg and low enough to prevent a race day fashion faux pas.


With so much on offer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed during the search for the perfect track side attire. Make a safe bet and choose outfit that you feel beautiful, comfortable and confident in and you’ll be a spring fashion winner.

About The Author

Gemma Watts

Gemma Watts is currently studying Professional Communication at RMIT after previously completing a Diploma in Professional Writing & Editing. Born and bred in Melbourne, Gemma has a penchant for things she can’t afford and dreams of becoming the next Anna Wintour. Gemma prides herself in her determination and creativity, investing a great deal of joy into all her work. Gemma is an avid fan of each and every creative art, be it dance, music, fashion, photography or the written word.

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