The Spring Racing Carnival is one of the most glamorous events of the fashion calendar.

It’s all about elegant silhouettes, glowing skin, flawless makeup and salon-style hair.

If you’re aiming to be a serious contender in the style-stakes during the Carnival, adhering to the various dress codes is a must.

AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Saturday 4 November 2017

Dress code: Black and white

Derby Day is the known as the ‘purists’ day. The tradition of black and white should be observed in either a one-colour palette or a combination of both.  Contrast monochromatic looks with a bold pink or red lip.

Forever New ‘Carley’ lace dress $169.99; Fillies Collection pill box hat $159.95, David Jones; Forever New ‘Daniela’ clutch $39.99; Nine West ‘Nora’ block heel $149.95; Witchery ‘Audrey’ studs $39.95.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday 7 November 2017

Dress Code: Bright, bold and colourful!

Express yourself with colour on Melbourne Cup. Colour blocking, jewel tones, bold prints and artful embellishments will amplify the fashion stakes on the day that stops the nation.

Ginger & Smart ‘Simone’ dress $649; Morgan Taylor fascinator $89.95, Myer; Nine West ‘Nora’ $149.95; Mimco ‘Nightlife’ clutch $199;

VRC Oaks Day, Thursday 9 November 2017

Dress Code: Feminine, Elegant, Classy

Also known as Ladies Day, Oaks Day is the pinnacle of fashion and style for the Carnival.  It’s the ultimate opportunity to channel your most feminine and ladylike self.

Shona Joy ruffle midi dress $340, David Jones; Nine West ‘Moren’ $149.95; Mimco ‘ Delirium’ stud  $79.95; Mimco Perspex hardcase clutch $229.

Emirates Stakes Day, Saturday 11 November 2017

Dress Code: Relaxed, Easy Elegance

Also know as Family Day, Stakes Day is a little more relaxed but still polished. Boho styles are perfectly suited to the easy elegance of Stakes Day.

Forever New ‘Jasmine’ dress $149.99; Witchery hat $69.95; Nine West ‘Dempsey’ $149.95; Witchery ‘Valentine’ hoop, $49.95.


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