2017 Women’s Melbourne Cup Style Guide

Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and is the biggest day in the Australian year. It’s a nation wide event where fashion and betting on horses is somehow linked.

Last year, trends such as colour blocking, show-stopping fascinators and character were surely evident in the array of women present at the social event.

Even though fashion today is advancing more than ever, it’s surprising to think that 2017’s biggest trends for the races is summarised as a traditional race look and a palette of pastels.

Remember, accessorising is key.

Here are Hunter and Bligh’s favourite picks to the create the most ravishing outfit for Melbourne Cup:

Round Glasses

The full circle, Ray-Ban round metal folding glasses is a necessity for the day. The thin, fragile-like frame creates an effortless look whilst complimenting the floral and lace overlook of your outfit.

Price: $265
Where: Ray-Ban

Ray-Ban Round Metal Folding

Straw Boaters

Move over fascinators, boaters are back in. Australian label, Lack Of Color is known for it’s extensive range of men’s and women’s hats. As part of the Summer of Sun collection features straw boater hats. The Ultra Wide Spencer Boat creates the vintage like look as if you’re strolling through a meticulous garden.

Price: $119
Where: Lack of Color

Lack of Color Ultra Wide Spencer Boater

Lace Gloves

Imagine the perfect shot holding your winning ticket. Now imagine how much more elegant and petite your hands will look in a pair of lace gloves. Dents, originating in 1777, are now known as one of the worlds top glove brands – making the Queens Coronation glove to name the few.

Price: from $20
Where: Dents

Dents White Lace Gloves with Frill Cuffs

Gold Show-Stopping Bags

Shine like the goddess you are with the From St Xavier Louis Clutch. The handcrafted bag features a tassel chain detail with a cross body strap to hold the brass/copper metal structure. Gold accessories are in.

Price: $97
Where: From St Xavier

From St Xavier Louis Clutch

Statement Earrings

Samantha Willis is known as statement extraordinaire. This year, it’s all about those ears. Whether your outfit is fun and funky or something more plain jane, statement earrings are a must. The Mosaic Inca Chandelier earrings is a much loved item this year. Spruce up your outfit with this sangria stone, pearl detailed item.

Price: $189
Where: Samantha Willis

Samantha Willis Mosaic Inca Chandelier Earrings

Pastels, Ruffles and Florals

Coincidentally the print trend of the season is florals. Groundbreaking. However tied in with the 16th century trend of ruffles it will be the perfect collaboration for the day. Choose a lightweight dress or jumpsuit that sits around mid-calf to knee length. Zimmermann’s Summer Swim 17 collection features the Mercer Floating Dress, sheer, silk and mid-length – a dress that fits in perfectly with the day and your banging accessories.

Price: $1100
Where: Zimmermann

Zimmermann Mercer Floating Dress

Floral Fascinators

Floral headbands and crowns have been on the rise for the past three years now. Forget a hat or even the standard fascinator that everyone in the office seems to own, get your hands on a Morgan & Taylor gold Rose Fascinator. The headband will be the highlight of your outfit and will surely be put to good use.

Price: $79.95
Where: Morgan & Taylor

Morgan Taylor Rose Fascinator

Ground breaking Shoes

Whether you’re at the race or in the office celebrating, comfortability with shoes is a necessity, but isn’t always easier done than said. Mimco created the Lumineer heel that shows off that fresh pedicure with comfort. Tassels are the feature of the year, so you’ll be the beadiest trendsetter there is.

Price: $299
Where: Mimco

Mimco Lumineer Heel