Melbourne Cup 2018: Women’s Fashion Guide
Florals for Spring, groundbreaking.
Miranda Priestly had it right, it is time we stray away from the floral affair the Spring season seems to flaunt. In anticipation of the 2018 Melbourne Cup we have compiled a list of our top 10 picks for this year’s event, highlighting the range of colours, styles and shapes for all types of race goers. Think big and bright, power suits and the return of the flirty-mini dress; bold colours and structured cuts – this year’s Melbourne Cup is bound to be a stylish one.
Waves Midi Dress by Keepsake the Label
As much as we agree with Miranda, sometimes you can’t go past a floral piece. The staple floral outfit of our list, the Waves Midi Dress from Australian designer Keepsake the Label, is all feminine and fun. The asymmetric and layered hem provides a little show of leg and is ideal for all heights – plus pairs perfectly with flats after a long day in heels!
Venice Dress by Elliatt
The return of the mini dress after years of the reigning midi dress is a hype not to miss. A fun piece that also says classy, this sweet white dress boasts ruched detailing and white chantilly lace, adding a layer of detail and elegance. Paired with statement earrings and beachy waves the Venice Dress is a win for 2018.
Imperial Dress by Elliatt
Another gorgeous piece from Australian designer Elliatt. The Imperial Dress is the perfect ‘classy with an edge’ option for this year’s Melbourne Cup. Black is forever the new black and in regards to fashion, you can never go wrong. The Imperial Dress features a ‘puff sleeve’ on the left shoulder attached to a flattering bodice and mermaid flared skirt. One to keep on your list for all events.
Timeless Lace Midi Dress by Keepsake the Label
We swear this isn’t a Keepsake and Elliatt list… They just know their Spring fashion! Screaming summer, fun and flirty, the Timeless Lace Midi Dress is the perfect trackside option for anyone looking to bring the sun. Slip on a pair of nude heels, gold earrings and perhaps a gold headband fascinator – all paired with a glass of Moet.
Darling One Midi Dress by Talulah
A classic Darby Day look can never fail. Statement black and white is flattering to all shapes and sizes, paired with a classy flare cut hemline and everyone’s a winner. The Darling One dress is the perfect fusion of bold and classic design, which can be paired with either statement colour heels or black sling-backs. Add simple pearl earrings for a touch of class and a stylish black fascinator to complete the look.
Harper Blazer and Pant Set by Elliatt
What’s Melbourne Cup (or any event for that matter) without a power suit? Bring the heat in the ever classy and attention grabbing Harper set from Elliatt. Structured enough to flatter a range of heights and shapes, the Harper set is sure to bring the bold and the beautiful to the trackside. Keep the hair and makeup simple, grab a pair of statement gold earrings and some knockout heels.
Wave Guipure Mini Dress by Self Portrait
A sea of blues, lace, ruffles and mini-class. The Wave Guipure dress is a lovely balance of chic and class, with a splash of flirty fun – just for good measure. Easily one of our top picks for race day, we recommend grabbing a simple pair of nude heels, a gold chain clutch and fine gold earrings to complete the look. If you’re feeling fabulous we recommend an up-do to show off the dress’s detailing.
Hamptons Bow Mini Dress by Rebecca Vallance
Potentially our favourite designer of the year, Rebecca Vallance can do no wrong. ‘Tis the year of bright and bold, structured and statement fashion. The Hamptons dress encapsulates all trends of the 2018 spring season and is a winner every time. In a bold shade of yellow, which compliments almost all skin tones, the Hamptons dress is made from a mid-weight crepe fabric and deserves to be paired with the most fantastic earrings a girl can find.
Tropical Lace Flip Hem Dress by Nicholas The Label
Not quite floral, not quite abstract. Nicholas The Label is no stranger to pushing fashion boundaries and realigning consumers ideas of what’s on trend. The Tropical Lace dress features a sweetheart neckline and flared midi skirt, paired perfectly with long legs and nude heels. A light wave and simple gold hoop earrings are sure to carry the look perfectly.
Meg Dress by Yeojin Bae
Stay on trend and perfectly classy with this classic feminine piece from Korean-born Australian designer, Yeojin Bae. The Meg dress screams structure and class, made from a double bonded crepe in baby pink, the hourglass silhouette is a pastel lover’s dream. Keep the accessories fine and the makeup and hair natural – perhaps a pair of statement pumps for a bold splash.