Melbourne Cup Fashion Tips from Outfit to Fascinator


Melbourne Cup is fast approaching so here are some fashion tips from outfit to fascinator:

Cup week begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, the day for classic elegance, which sets the pace for the entire week. Traditionally, a monochrome (black and white) colour scheme for women has been the prominent palette, while men often chose to wear a grey morning suit, peacock vest and pin-stripe pants.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day… the race that stops the nation. A day where the ladies can inject some colour into their dresses and accessories, Today you can make a bold statement in terms of colour; and for men, a beautifully cut suit, with a tie that compliments your ladies ensemble, is perfect. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement or wear something (tastefully) daring.Crown Oaks Day is an occasion for the ladies to express their own signature style, amid a spectacular racing backdrop. Traditionally known as ladies day, it’s important to look stylishly feminine, achieved by choosing clothes that fit your body type and personality. Choose dresses that flow over your body, like chiffon and silk, or styles that feature floral prints or laces detailing. Team your frocks with a flower crown or complimentary colourful fascinator. Ideal suiting shades for men include navy, linen and light grey.Fascinator’s are a little unsure? don’t be! Wearing a fascinator can really change the way you look and feel. Follow these six simple steps:
1. Once you have chosen your outfit, look at the colours, style, patterns, shape and lines created.
2. Put the dress on and decide whether it looks better with your hair up of down. Think about your hair colour and what would be best suited.
3. Refer back to point 1 and consider:
  • If the outfit is very busy and patterned you may want a single coloured fascinator.
  • If the outfit is shapely, eg layered, high collar, pinched in waist you may want a small delicate fascinator
  • If the outfit is quite plain and simple you may want a statement fascinator with a burst of colour.
  • If the outfit is a single bright colour you may want a contrasting coloured fascinator and match it with shoes, or if you are brave a matching coloured fascinator can work too!
  • If you are wearing a jacket, shawl, pashmina or the dress has a high neckline consider not wearing a fascinator that is heavy and covers a lot of your head.
  • If the dress is reflective of an era you may want to reflect this in your fascinator (eg “Victoria Vintage”).
4.  Now look at your face and head shape and consider what would best suit your colourings, features:
  • If your face round,angular or you have a strong jawline? you may want something with curves and softness or would something fitted and sleek to your head look better (like “Autumn”) or something more protruding (like “Feathered Flourish”).
5. Think about the materials you like, buttons, feathers, sinemay (the messing used in “Flutterfly”, velvet, fabrics, pearls etc. This may also help you decide on your jewellery and accessories etc.6. Finally decide do you want the fascinator on a headband or grip. If you are wearing your hair down a band may be easier but a grip can look more elegant.
princess_eugenieTry to stear clear of attention seeking fasinators like Princess Eugenie to the right here. Once you get your fascinator think about jewellery and accessories to compliment the outfit. Also think how you will style your hair, even if you wear it down make sure it’s shaped, curled or straightened. If you wear it up think about how the shapes in the fascinator and how it sits, if all else fails tie it in a smooth ponytail! Quirky Flirty is always happy to advise.
Headwear across all the race days for ladies is a must. This spring expect to see lots of hats including boaters, pillboxes, trilbies and fedoras, which look fabulous with structured dresses and two-piece suits for the more mature lady. These hat styles look gorgeous finished with netting over the eyes or vintage jewel embellishments.You can never go wrong with a well made, quality designed fascinator (either headband or comb style, depending on your personal preference). Bows, brooches and gemstones are also on-trend as under stated headwear options.Gents, for a formal finishing touch on each of the days, pop a flower for your buttonhole. Each meeting has an official nominated flower; a cornflower for Derby Day, a yellow rose for Melbourne Cup Day, a pink rose for Oaks Day and for Emirates Stakes Day, a red rose.

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