Spring Racing: Oaks Day

This week we wrap up our Spring Racing edits with Oaks Day. Traditionally referred to as ‘Ladies Day’, Oaks Day fashion is all about elegant and sophisticated dressing. Stay on trend in shades of lavender, buttercup yellow, pretty pinks and baby blues, or try a gorgeous floral or polka dot print. Sheer details will also be key, along with voluminous sleeves, ruffles and feminine silhouettes. When it comes to choosing the perfect headpiece, we caught up with the talented Sylvy Earl who shared her tips on what to expect trackside this Ladies Day.

Sylvy: Oaks Day millinery can range from hats with wide, dramatic brims, to delicate and understated headbands. A sweeping brim can create a striking silhouette while still being in keeping with the sophisticated and feminine theme for the day, while a simple and chic straw boater pairs perfectly with an elegant and understated Oaks Day look (such as the Sylvy Earl x Lover Twist Boater designed exclusively for David Jones). Crown and headband styles with delicate florals and beading, bows and millinery with long flowing ribbons are also a beautiful way to add a little extra romance to your outfit.

So without further ado, keep scrolling for over 40 styles to shop online right now. From stunning frocks and elegant headwear, we’ve got your Oak’s Day sorted.

Written by Greer de Burgh, Fashion Editor.

Clockwise from left: SELF PORTRAIT here ; MORGAN & TAYLOR here ; SYLVY EARL x LOVER here ; SUZY O’ROURKE here


oaks1L-R: CULT GAIA approx $1050 here ; KEEPSAKE $199.95 hereBEIGEL-R: BY KANE $279 (available to purchase from October 1 here) ; NEEDLE & THREAD approx $820 here lavL-R: MOSSMAN $209.95 here ; NEEDLE & THREAD $695 hereoakspL-R: MORRISON $399 here ; ALICE MCCALL $450 here laceL-R: THURLEY $549 here ; SELF PORTRAIT approx $610 here (alternative style $160 here)BLUL-R: SARAH J CURTIS $489 here ; WE ARE KINDRED $339 here (alternative light blue style under $150 here)yelllL-R: BEC & BRIDGE $330 here ; KITX $199 herepeachL-R: ALICE MCCALL $650 here ; TOPSHOP approx $230 hereoaksL-R: WE ARE KINDRED $359 here ; SELF PORTRAIT approx $530 herePRINTSL-R: SELF PORTRAIT approx $445 here ; TALULAH $320 hereBBL-R: BEC & BRIDGE $380 here ; VESTIRE $289.95 here (alternative style $149.95 here)oaksfL-R: FOREVER NEW $140 here ; FOREVER NEW $160 herelassL-R: SHONA JOY $440 here ; BY NICOLA $199 here (limited sizes available to hire here)


OAKSHAT2L-R: SYLVY EARL x LOVER $695 here ; SYLVY EARL $550 heresjcL-R: SARAH J CURTIS $595 here (alternative style $69.95 here) ; SARAH J CURTIS $295 heredeL-R: D.E MILLINERY $299 here ; MORGAN & TAYLOR $149.95 hereLASTL-R: ACE OF SOMETHING $69.95 here (alternative style with long pink ribbon $99.95 here) ; SARAH J CURTIS $295 here hbL-R: IVORY KNOT $109.95 here ;  MORGAN & TAYLOR $49.95 here suzyL-R: SUZY O’ROURKE $590 here ; ASHLEE LAUREN $189.95 hereturbanL-R: LADY OF LEISURE MILLINERY $280 here ; ASHLEE LAUREN $179.95 hereboaterL-R: MORGAN & TAYLOR $79.95 here (other colours available) ; WITCHERY $69.95 herewhiteL-R: SYLVY EARL $695 here ; FORD MILLINERY $289.95 herehatslL-R: IVORY KNOT $109.95 here ; HATMAKER $420 heresilveL-R: KITTE $150 here ; FORD MILLINERY $189.95 hereDEBL-R: MORGAN & TAYLOR $59.95 here ; DEBBIE KELLY MILLINERY $365 here

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