For over 150 years, The Melbourne Cup has become an iconic event that unique characterized the Australian spirit. This national holiday began in 186 as a major thoroughbred horse race that now extends over six exciting days. The course at Flemington is decorated with over 12,000 roses from over 200 varieties to add to the colourful and fragrant décor for this event. Marking the start of the Australian summer, people come from far and wide to not only witness these world-class races but for the “Fashions On The Field” as well. Men dust out the best and brightest suits while the women spend all year getting ready to showcase their show stopping outfits. Matching the brightest and highest fashion dresses with the most elegant hats and intricate fascinators.
Last November, Karolina and I decided to get all dolled up and joined the crowds to celebrate at Crown Oaks Day at The Melbourne Cup. Crown Oaks Day is affectionately referred to as “Ladies Day” at the races where women compete in the finals for the national race wear competition. We spent the afternoon soaking up the warm Australian sun and relaxing on the lawn with a cool glass of champagne.
Karolina looked stunning in her couture Scanlan Theodore midi length dress. Scanlan Theodore is a contemporary Australian women’s wear designer who is known for creating elegant pieces that incorporate his unique and avant-garde prints.
Since I was traveling around, I decided to opt for a more versatile look pulling together pieces from some of my favourite Australian brands. I paired a midi-length mesh skirt and hat from Witchery with a flirty peplum crop from Seed.
Heading to the Melbourne Cup and wanting to dress like a local? From the Central Mall to Bourke Street, Melbourne has all of your shopping needs covered. The larger Australian department stores like David Jones and Myer are a one stop shop for everything you need to be all dolled up for the races. Carrying a wide range of designers, these department stores also stock their accessory section with bright hats and fascinators in the days leading up to the races.