Our spring racing guide: how to be the finest filly at the races

If you are into the ponies, then this is a very exciting time of year as spring racing carnival events bloom at racing clubs all around the country.

My biggest racing adventure occurred (actually in Autumn) last year, when I headed our west to the hugely popular Goondiwindi races. Check out the story here. I’ll never make a hardcore race goer as I detest gambling, but any event that involves dressing up and having a glass of fizz in the daytime is alright in my books.

In my experience the races are Very.Fun.Times. but the fashion side of things can be a bit intimidating. Here’s a few simple tips to get your started:

  • Double check the dress code of the event, they are not all the same. There will be some events that are more formal (for example, cocktail) and some may follow the more old school etiquette and require a hat and sleeves.
  • Aim for a polished look, think about how your accessories will tie in, rather than overwhelm your frock. Definitely treat yourself to a pedicure if you are wearing sandals and your hoofers will be on show.
  • Select makeup that is long wearing and has a better chance of still be looking great at the end of the day. Make sure you have a lippie in your bag for touchups.
  • The bag needs to be functional but keep it as small as you can, you don’t want to be lugging around your day-to-day office handbag.
  • You don’t need a very expensive or vastly complicated looking hat (or one that’s an eye-poker or uncomfortable to wear), these days there are some gorgeous fascinators, flower crowns and lace headbands that will do the job.
  • Things can get a bit kooky when you’re drinking champs in the daytime, so drink responsibly, make sure you stay well-hydrated and eat for godsake.

We’ve curated a few of our favourite things for the season. Enjoy!

Spring Racing (2)

Top Row

LoveHate Hanging Ogee Necklace in Gold  |  Mooi Zebra Print Clutch  |  Sacha Drake Hooked On a Feeling Dress

Middle row

Youngblood Lipstick in Tangelo  |  Leina Broughton Primrose Knee Length Dress in Blossom |  Amore Hat from Myer

Bottom Row

Maiocchi Walking on Air Dress in Black  |  Gregory Ladner Tulle Flower on headband from David Jones  |  Jetsetter Glass Water Bottle


Hero image credit: Tribal Rose Flowers – Spring Racing Window in Smith Street

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Gillian is a marketing savant and brand strategist with over 20 years of experience in above and below the line marketing, digital strategy and creative direction. She is an exceptional people person who loves to collaborate with clients every step of the way to achieve the best possible outcome. Gillian is also a successful makeup-artist and make-up obsessive who loves to share her tricks of the trade and help women to look good and feel great.

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