Melbourne Cup Day is the perfect opportunity to express your individuality and opt for a more fashion forward look. Bold and bright colours and statement making prints are key, expect to see plenty of firey red hues, shades of blue and feminine pastel pinks, along with an explosion of floral and tropicana prints.
From tiers of ruffles and chic off the shoulder designs, to statement sleeves and sleek silhouettes, there’s a style to suit every taste. Be sure to complement your dress with the right accessories, a metallic clutch, bold shoe and statement earrings will take your look to the next level! And when it comes to the all important head piece, we got the Cup Day lowdown from milliner Lisa Xu of Lady of Leisure Millinery:
‘Melbourne Cup Day is the racing event of the year, countrywide. I feel like anything and everything goes. People like to explore their sense of style and personality and it’s certainly a day to admire fashion at its finest. I expect the trend of intricate and delicate headbands to continue, boater hats in an array of textures and compositions. I’m seeing a lot of pinks, so I think rose gold or metallic will be on the lust list for this year. Plus metallics go with everything, you can wear them with various colours and on so many occasions. Also trending this year is a lot of lace, but used in a dynamic fashion and perhaps velvet which we’re seeing a lot of in home furnishing will carry on to influence our fashion choices. I know I am a little obsessed with it!’
Without further ado, keep scrolling for our Cup Day fashion and millinery edit. See you next week for our Oaks Day extravaganza!
Written by Greer de Burgh, Fashion Editor.
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