5 Spring Racing Trends We Saw At The 2017 Caulfield Cup

5 Spring Racing Trends We Saw At The 2017 Caulfield Cup

The fashion stakes have been raised

By Emmy-Lou McKean | 23rd October 2017

It’s time to dust off your hat boxes and study the form guide because the 2017 Spring Racing Carnival has officially kicked off and it’s shaping up to be the most stylish to date. With Emirates Stakes Day and the 2017 Caulfield Cup already done and dusted, get set to start planning for the upcoming race days.

Australia’s most fashionable celebrities stepped out in style alongside more than 30,000 racegoers on Saturday 21st October for the BMW 2017 Caulfield Cup. Not even the dreary weather conditions could put a dampener on the day or hold anyone back when it came to their race day fashion choices.

The Caulfield Cup is known for allowing more of a relaxed dress code and our favourite Aussie fashionistas proved that it is actually possible to look cool at the races.

If you’re attending one of the race days this season, chances are you’ll be feeling the pressure to find the perfect frock to match the right hat, the right shoes and the ideal clutch. Luckily for us, there appears to be a series of race day trends that have turned heads over the last two weekends, giving us the much-needed fashion inspiration for the weeks ahead.

See what people wore at the 2017 Caulfield Cup over the weekend and take inspiration for the upcoming race days over the Spring Racing Carnival.


One of the biggest trends forecast for the race season is monochromatic fashion and accessories, and leaving the colours at home has never looked better. Commit to this trend in every shade of grey or an all white or black-on-black look, which can be instantly elevated with the right accessories. It’s time to let the details do the talking.

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statement sleeves

If 2017 Caulfield Cup and Stakes Day are anything to go by, sleeves are having their moment. From Forever New to Aje, it seems as though many Aussie labels have interpreted the sleeve trend and created garments that make a statement and will have heads turning for all the right reasons.

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suit upWhen designers take a power suit and reimagine it with a feminine twist, it instantly speaks confidence. Whether it’s a structured suit jacket that is cinched and cropped above the knee or an all-in-one pant suit, suiting up is set to be a major trackside trend this season.

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When opting for florals, there is only one way to do it: all or nothing! Top-to-toe floral is the best way to give this feminine trend the edge it needs. From your heels to your headpiece, more is more when it comes to committing to this trend.

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bold colour

Colour blocking and head-to-toe colour coordination are common trackside fashion trends but at the 2017 Caulfield Cup, we saw it-girls opt for different fabrics and edgy accessories to give their outfits a point of difference.

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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.


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