Christian Dior offers inspiration for our inner ballerinas with tulle front and centre.
Christian Dior offers inspiration for our inner ballerinas with tulle front and centre. Francois Mori

Take racewear inspiration from overseas catwalks

CROSSING the world to Europe, and race day fashion and the surrounding trends that influence the dress codes are full of grace. In the UK, the Grand National Association has asked people to smarten up.

In answer there has been a surge of fresh conservative tradition that has seen new longer hem lengths and covered shoulders with semi-sleeved dresses showing only the delicate skins of necks and wrists.

That's not to say that formalwear can't be fun. The trends showing at the European fashion weeks for SS17 can be adapted for the races.

To avoid the all too familiar conundrum of "what to wear", take these foreign trends and stylishly incorporate them into your dress choice for the Melbourne Cup and other race days.

Bold colours have always been a noticeable trend at race day. Following this tradition, SS17 has offered block colouring in vivid hues of fuchsia, shown on the catwalks from Topshop to Valentino.

Forget the pinks of sugared almonds and sickly bubblegum, fuchsia is the chosen statement colour to adorn a simple silhouetted dress.

 

Fuchsia is a great hue for colour blocking and translates well trackside. A model wears a creation from Valentino.
Fuchsia is a great hue for colour blocking and translates well trackside. A model wears a creation from Valentino. Zacharie Scheurer

If you are a fan of decades past you can now wear the '80s in subtle style. Just steer away from the padded shoulders and focus on the smart tailoring of cropped smoking jackets over a sweetheart neck-lined dress, shown off by Saint Laurent at fashion week.

 

Sweet-hear necklines, like this one from the Yves Saint Laurent's Fall-Winter 2016-2017 ready to wear fashion collection, are a feminine touch for race day.
Sweet-hear necklines, like this one from the Yves Saint Laurent's Fall-Winter 2016-2017 ready to wear fashion collection, are a feminine touch for race day. Thibault Camus

Another trend heavily focused on this SS17 is texture in the form of tulle and ruffles. Push away those imaginings of giant wedding cake dresses, as this season Dior presented feminine frothy layers for the closeted ballerina.

It is a pretty and delicate option for race day.

After something a tad more robust? Ruffles have been shown by the likes of Erdem and Alexandra McQueen.

This season the ruffle is encased in unusual fabrications. Whether it be embroidered or frayed, your playful dress will be one to touch.

 

Flowing fabrics, as shown in Valentino's Spring-Summer 2017 fashion collection, translate well to racewear.
Flowing fabrics, as shown in Valentino's Spring-Summer 2017 fashion collection, translate well to racewear. Zacharie Scheurer

Accessorising for the races is just as essential. SS17 showed a lowered kitten heel, reminiscent of the summer's French street style.

It is perfect to avoid sinking into the grass as you cross the lawns, and your feet will not be crying in pain by the last race. It's an idea of comfort from Prada and Celine.

 

Kitten heels, as shown by Prada in the women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, are perfect for race day.
Kitten heels, as shown by Prada in the women's Spring-Summer 2017 collection, are perfect for race day. Luca Bruno

The innovative hat designs of Phillip Tracey have shown monochromatic slanted headpieces that are more like emblems of an architectural skyline.

To contradict the black and white, finish by slipping on a bold red liquid lipstick that will cling on during the champagne sipping.

Any of these trends from the current overseas fashion weeks will translate to well-dressed at the races.



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