October 28, 2015

WORDS: Sarah McLean

Once again, spring has graced us with the presence of warmer weather, additional hours of daylight and more importantly – a new fashion season. Coinciding with the distinct spring-racing spirit in the air, The Con-Nection have included an impressive collation of ‘must have’ Spring Racing ensembles to cater for even the most experienced race goers this season. From Cool Minimalism to Effortless Chic – We’ve got it covered.

Once again, spring has graced us with the presence of warmer weather, additional hours of daylight and more importantly – a new fashion season. Coinciding with the distinct spring-racing spirit in the air The Con-Nection have included an impressive collation of ‘must have’ Spring Racing ensembles to cater for even the most experienced race goers this season. From Cool Minimalism to Effortless Chic – We’ve got it covered.

OAKS DAY

Oaks Day is traditionally referred to as ‘Ladies Day’ which, therefore, calls for feminine, breezy pieces befitting a summery afternoon with a flute of champagne. Attention to detail with Oaks Day Fashion can, in fact, make all the difference to the final product.

  1. The Nights dress For a more romantic look, opt for pastel colours such as the pale blue nights dress, partnered with a delicate headpiece and neutral pair of heels. The key to wearing pastel shades best is to compensate with unique textures, silhouettes and cut outs.
  2. The Inception Knit top and The Transit Knit skirt by TY-LR is perfect for sophisticated look ensure you’re pairing minimal pieces with clean cut accessories – pictured below is the knit two piece – offering a fresh approach to the Spring Racing trend, paired up or down with open toe black pumps or cork screw wedges.

CUP DAY

Cup Day is certainly the time for fun, bold and bright Spring Racing Fashion – Our solution? By Johnny whom happens to do fun, bold and bright better than anyone. Pictured below are our three favourite looks for Spring Racing Season – each one oozes individuality and will ensure you radiate from the crowd at this year’s Cup Day. Add a pair of open toe black heels and classic accessories and you’re ready to go, in By Johnny of course.

  1. Open T-dress – By Johnny  We love vibrancy especially when incorporated into a black ensemble. This beautifully tailored little black dress acts as a fun alternative to the traditionally designed LBD with hints of green and pastel pink to mix up an already classic garment.
  2. The wide Line Bodice and Wide Line Full Skirt from By Johnny embraces the monochrome trend. However, this season By Johnny has incorporated delicate uses of colour blocking, interfering (in the best possible way) with the glamorous black and white shades that we are oh so familiar with.
  3. Silk Tie-Up Top and Geo-Raff Skirt offers a combination of opposing elements occurs within this By Johnny Skirt ensemble, however, we can’t help but lust over the edgy print detailing – Introducing different prints and textures into your Spring Racing style could be the key to this year’s racing trends. We saw it first during Fashion Week and now we’re bringing it to the field. Patterns are in.

STAKES DAY

There’s always a sense of desirable relaxation when it comes to Stakes Day Fashion. Suddenly, it isn’t all about what one is wearing but rather how they choose to wear it. Minimalism and Comfort are two Stakes Day prerequisites when it comes to styling a racing-approved ensemble, cue: wide-brimmed hats and earthy tones – these are the Stakes Day pieces we’re lusting over this season.

  • The Basic Space shirt and Dangerous Effortlessly Cool – Beauty and Sensuality are in the details, like the neutral coloured two piece. With a free flowing tulle skirt and silky, rhythmic dress shirt – this Stakes Day ensemble is both authentic and approachable, paired with black pumps to add a striking edge to a classic style.
  • The Faraday Jumpsuit by Viktoria and Woods. Effortlessly cool best describes this khaki fitted jumpsuit by Viktoria and Woods , fastly becoming a wardrobe and Spring Racing must have this season. With culotte styled pants and a strapless top, this garment allows plenty of room for styling making it a perfect choice for this year’s Stakes Day Celebration.

DERBY DAY

If Australia’s signature colours are green and gold then the signature colours of Derby Day are evidently black and white. It seems you can’t really beat classic black and white garments, so it is no surprise that Derby Day is a celebration of tailored monochrome pieces – labelling it every woman’s favourite racing celebration, because in reality who doesn’t own a wardrobe full of black, white and grey?
  1. This little black dress is the most timeless fashion invention of all time. Will it ever go out of style? Probably not and we’re all perfectly ok with that. This season we’re opting for a classic, body-con little black dress by TY-LR . As they say it is all in the detail and we simply cannot go past the halter neck inclusion.
  2. Wearing an all-white garment is often a hit or miss situation, however, paying attention to hemlines and silhouette shaping can make a world of difference. Pictured here, is the divine Grand Illusions dress is crafted perfectly with a layering element for a beautiful, chic Spring Racing ensemble adhering to the monochromatic Derby Day dress code.
  1. Playing it cool with an androgynous styled pant suit The Christine Blazer nd Seasons Change pant at this year’s Derby Day appears very highly regarded among the fashion community as of late with the influx of tailored suits for women. Add a brimmed hat or bold lip and you’re ready to go –

Photography: Liane Hurvitz

Model: Millie Fayman

Words: Sarah McLean

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