It’s finally warming up and there’s the smell of fresh stock in all your favourite shops, so we’ve worked out some of this season’s latest trends for you to take you through this Spring Racing Season and beyond.
Kookai / Mimco / Witchery / Tony Bianco

LADIES

LAVENDAR

The new millennium pink is equally as pretty but a little fresher for the season. Witchery have released a limited edition collection for the racing season season this year which includes a super cute stretch knit number. As always, Alice McCall delivers and her take is a lace lavender dress while Decjuba offer a simpler wrap style dress which will sure to be able to get a few more wears.

Available now on Chapel Street

Witchery – ‘Flare Hem Knit Dress’ – $199.95
Alice McCall – ‘Oh So Lovely Dress’ – $450
Decjuba – ‘Mirissa Wrap Dress’ – $159.95

LINEN

Both my Nanna and I are thrilled with this summer trend and although it’s a little casual for the races, I think those who do it right can really nail this trend for the season. Seed offer a beautiful bronze striped dress with a bow back which I am truly in love with while Sportsgirl have a cute take on the trend in a white mini version. Make sure you pair with some luxe gold accessories to take this look up a notch or three.

Available now on Chapel Street

Seed ‘Bow Back Dress’ – $139.95
Sportsgirl ‘Linen Button Thru Mini Dress’ – $99.95

SUMMER SUITING

A huge trend on the Spring Runways in Australia this year was the summer suit. We saw a lot of variations on the suit, mixed and matched with shorts, skirts and turned into versions of dresses. Diida and Kookai both stock some great options in the jacket dress this season.

Vertical stripes can be flattering on anyone and Yuge Yu offers a silk set that is quite literally to die for (I would also then happily wear this to bed), while Sass and Bide is currently showcasing a jacket and skirt combo with a little more structure.

Available now on Chapel Street

Diida – ‘Jacket Dress’ – $599
Kookai – ‘India Blazer Dress’ – $220
Yuge Yu – ‘Horatio Silk Set Pants’ – $490
Sass & Bide – ‘There Shes Goes Jacket’ – $550

FLORALS

Yep, ground breaking I know. Florals for spring this season have a fresh take however with a much smaller print than we’ve seen in previous season. These dainty details can be spotted on some of our fave stores such as Rodeo Show, Saba and White Luxe Boutique while if you prefer something a little bolder we suggest you head in to either Mister Zimi, Marimekko or Gorman, who’s latest collab artist is Kindah Khalidy.

Available now on Chapel Street

Mister Zimi – ‘Antibes Saskia Dress’ – $180
White Luxe Boutique – ‘Play Date Dress’ – $69.95
Marimekko – ‘Juliaana Amur Dress’ – $385
Saba – ‘Daphne Silk Mini Dress’ – $329
Rodeo Show – ‘Milly Midi Dress’ – $269
Gorman – ‘Mesozoic Garden Shirt Dress’ – $199

STATEMENT SLEEVES

The bigger the better. We are channelling some serious 80’s vibes here – taffeta and all. Some of Australia’s best designers have been showcasing this trend on the runway and as a (late, I’d like to add) 80s baby, I’m totally down with it. Some of my faves include a spotted  situation from Aje, taffeta goodness from Scanlan and Theodore and a lace up dream from Zimmerman.

Available now on Chapel Street

Aje – ‘Beronia Dress Spanish’ – $595
Scanlan Theodore – ‘Ikat Taffeta Dress’ – $1,400
Zimmerman – ‘Tempest Lace Up Dress’ – $795

WRAP DRESSES

Easy to get on (massive bonus points) and easy to style, the wrap dress is back. This season’s take is a mini style with a frill hem and we found some great options at French Connection, Halo and Hutch as well as She.Label.

Available now on Chapel Street

Halo & Hutch – ‘Sophia Dress’ – $59.95
French Connection – ‘Daisy Wrap Dress’ – $129.95

HEADPIECES AND ACCESSORIES

Obviously it’s fun to mix and match, even clash some colour with your dress, but if you’re looking for a staple that you will get a few wears out of, we found an amazing black hat at Mimco and will definitely be adding it to the collection. Tortoise Shell is a huge trend for earrings this year and Jolie and Deen have got the collection covered. Hoops are still huge, but update your look by getting this updated effect.

Available now on Chapel Street

Mimco – ‘Electra Hat’ – $199
Jolie & Deen – Tortoise Shell Ear Range

SHOES

This is the year of the espadrille wedge. It’s a great match with linen and perfect for not getting stuck in the grass, however gives serious beach vibes so make sure you pair it with appropriate accessories. Wittner, Tony Bianco, Windsor Smith and Zomp all have great options for this trend and we can’t wait to slide into some. If you’re into the wedge, but need a bit more colour, The Collective Boutique currently have this pair of Jimmy Choo’s in a perfect citrus hue.

Available now on Chapel Street

Wittner – ‘Zerra Natural Canvas Espadrille Wedge’ – $165
Tony Bianco – ‘Farah Blush Kid Suede’ – $169.95
Jimmy Choo – ‘Patent Citrine Wedge’ from The Collective Boutique – $159 
Windsor Smith – ‘Kaila Black Wedge Espadrille’ – $159.95

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD/S

We’ve all been at the races and spotted someone in the same dress.. it’s hard not to when you walk past thousands of people all shopping from the same season in the same city. A sure way to make it your own is to shop from of our unique retailers. Drop past Design a Space to check out a scope of fresh designers showcasing in a cool space. Shag and Vintage Sole are long time faves of any fashionista, as these stores sources some seriously cool vintage gear. Le Louvre offers us some international designer wear that’s hard to go past, including Gucci, Balmain and Saint Laurent to name a few.  Fool is a creative Melbourne based designer with a love for bold colours. If you wander past Vivid Dresses you will find a huge selection of Ready to Wear and custom designed dresses and gowns, while both Caterpillar Boutique and Yes Fashion offer something a little wilder for those a little more daring. Olga De Polga bring some old school charm with their Melbourne designs and are always worth checking out.

MEN

Declic Menswear

Men’s Fashion this season, at the races  or in general doesn’t need to be boring, but that also doesn’t mean you need to be that guy dressed in the fluro orange suit off eBay, with your bestie beside you in his matching yellow. Avoid anything that reminds you of a your Year 9 highlighter and check out some of our style tips for each of the main race days and beyond.

BLUE

It’s a staple, so invest! Traditionally men wear a navy blue suit to Melbourne Cup but you also wear blue jeans, blue jumpers, blue shirts… the list goes on. Buy fewer, but buy better. If you’re ready to invest in a new blue suit, Arthur Galan, Politix or Peter Jackson have plenty of blue on offer in their new season.

SOHO Workshop, Immortal and Aquila both have a great collection of blue shirts, from navy through to light and will have you sorted in no time.

Available now on Chapel Street

Politix – ‘Ladd Navy Shirt’ – $149
Soho Workshop – ‘Murray Shirt Navy’ – $159

TONAL

Just because you’re going to Ladies Day, we’re not suggesting you have to wear pink. Instead opt for some deeper tones that you’re comfortable in or even a more neutral shade.

Jack London have a ‘Merlot’ blazer that I am loving this season and is perfect for those a little unsure of the lighter tones. Jay Dillon also have a range of great jackets, even with some fun prints and are definitely worth a browse.

Available now on Chapel Street

Jack London – ‘Punter Blazer’ – $349

HAWAIIAN SHIRTS

They may remind you of a creepy dude that you managed to avoid in the early naughties, but the Hawaiian shirt is back this season and better than ever.

If you’d like to attempt this more relaxed look this season, tone it down with neutral colours and/or a white tee underneath.  Country Road and Declic have it nailed it with a few variations each.

Available now on Chapel Street

Declic – ‘Kuahale Print Short Sleeve Shirt’ – $169.95
Country Road – ‘Short Sleeve Floral Shirt’ – $89.95

LINEN

As with the women, linen is huge for the men this year too. You can use it to bring texture into your suits or you can cross trends by getting yourself a beautiful navy blue linen shirt. Saba know how to linen and I have been buying their shirts for the males in my life for years. Calibre are also currently offering a great range of linen jackets in a variety of colours.. I’d happily shop them all. Should you wish to be decked in head to toe (almost) linen, hit up Mr Simple or Industrie… They both have a range that includes everything from linen bombers to shorts.

Available now on Chapel Street

Saba – ‘Smithson Linen Shirt’ – $149

CHINOS

I love a good chino. It screams European vacation to me and I am all about that scene.

They’re nothing new but they’re still going strong so I recommend investing in lighter shade which you can pair with white (and then layer with your new Hawaiian shirt) or your beautiful navy linen shirt. To update your Chino this season, I’d head to either MJ Bale, Gant or Menz Club as they all currently have a great variety. Oxford Shop have taken it next level and have a Chino shorts… hello summer! Pair them with the perfect shoes from Dyonsu and you’re all set.

Available now on Chapel Street

MJ Bale – ‘Ernest Trouser Slim Fit’ – $179
Oxford – ‘Henry Chino Shorts’ – $54
Gant – ‘Tech Prep Slim Chinos’ – $155 

SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Just because I don’t recommend the fluro suit, I do think it’s great to put your own spin on things and it’s still about having some fun. Melbourne made with Italian fabrics, Ciano Rozza offer some unique jackets and blazers to set you apart. Chapel Street also hosts both Sam & Ko and Bell & Barnett, who offer bespoke suits so you can whip up whatever your heart desires.

Have some fun – it’s only fashion. Whatever you fancy, you’ll find it on Chapel.

Wittner
Bell & Barnett
Marimekko
The Collective Boutique
Fool
Rubi Shoes & Accessories from Cotton On

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