What Not To Wear To Stradbroke Day This Weekend

What Not To Wear To Stradbroke Day This Weekend

Heading to the track? Leave these 6 wardrobe items at home.

By Emmy-Lou McKean | 4th June 2018

The Winter Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is approaching its final week, and Brisbane Racing Club has saved the best for last with the spectacular UBET Stradbroke Day.

Doomben Racecourse glitters with glory as UBET Stradbroke Day not only boasts an unrivalled programme of racing but strives for excellence off the track with a selection of fine food, fashion and entertainment.

On UBET Stradbroke Day, emotion and noble tradition come to the forefront with prize money of over $3.8 million contested over the course of the day.

This year, Brisbane Racing Club has thrown it back to yesteryear by transforming the Doomben grounds with a free vintage-inspired Carnival Carousel, a two-storey merry-go-round featuring festooned lighting and old-time music on the public lawn.

The Village, known as the buzzing hub of the carnival, will be brimming with an indulgent offering of free makeup pamper stations, pop-up speakeasies, restaurants and bars. This is also where the QueensPlaza Fashions On The Field will be taking place and you can catch the who's who of Brisbane competing for best dressed.

But however high the stakes are on the track, we understand more than most that the style stakes are just as exciting off the track.

Although it may be sitting safely at the top of our social calendars, UBET Stradbroke Day is renowned for its popular dress code of black, white and a touch of red.

When it comes to following the Winter Racing dress code, it’s important to keep it traditional but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to all of the rules.

To cut through the fuss of trackside fashion faux pas, we’ve put a 2018 spin on what to wear to UBET Stradbroke Day.

Swap See-Through Tops For Sleeves

Stradbroke Day

@stylesnooperdan, Kookai Shoreditch heel $120, Aje Corriedale Blouse $275, Kookai Jaimi scarf $35, Sixty Six Studio leather beret $30, Camilla and Marc Lela Ruched $299

Swap Mini Skirts For Midi Length

Stradbroke Day

Aje Isatoma Dress Black $595, Senso Ibbie I ivory $239, Camilla and Marc Carter midi skirt $599, H&M Blouse $44.99, Senso Xilo ebony $239, Camilla and Marc Clemence midi dress $799, @blaireadiebee

Swap Crop Tops For Jumpsuits

Stradbroke Day

Zimmerman bow jumpsuit $495, Kookai Remi Bag $160, Forever New Wide Leg Jumpsuit $149.95, Zara long jumpuit with eyelets $99, Zimmerman double buckle corset $215,Kookai starlight bracelet $30, Zara combined waistcoat $139, Forever New Anja bandeau $129.95, @stylesnooperdan

Swap Tube Dresses For Power Suits

Stradbroke Day

@stylesnooperdan, Saba Zinnia vest black $349, Cue Stripe crepe pant $171.50, H&M Blazer $59.99, Lack of Colour Love Lost $69, Country Road Alice Saddle Bag $139, Zara Frock coat with faux pearls $139

Swap Fascinators For Hats

Stradbroke Day

@stylesnooperdan, Lack of Color Montana ivory $109.95, Brixton Macy Fedora $89.95, Zimmermann wide brim vented crown hat $330, Sixty six studio leather beret red $30, Lack of Color The Sierra $109.95, Sixty Six Studio houndstooth print hat $30

Swap Strappy Heels For Booties

Stradbroke Day

Tony Bianco Deja Red Denver $219.95, Zara Fabric Boot $119, Zara Leather mid-heel ankle boots $179, Mimco Lineage boot $299, Zara Leather high heel ankle boot red $159, @rozaliarussian


If these looks aren't enough to inspire a day out at the races then the promise of rubbing shoulders with Race Day Ambassador Sam Frost and a boogie with the after party headliner's J-Funk certainly will.

See you at the track!

Feature image: Stylesnooperdan


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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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