Ultimate Autumn Racewear Guide 2012

My gorgeous friend Emma, expert on everything racewear, has very kindly compiled a guest post today to give us the inside fashion tips for the upcoming racing season. Enjoy! Amy x

Emma from Headonism Millinery

All around Australia racing fashion enthusiasts are getting excited because it’s time to get our autumn racing outfits ready!

Here in Perth, Oaks day is held at Ascot on the 31st March, Amy and I often attend and we always have a blast.  On this day Myer hosts Fashions of the Field.  The prize pool is amazing and the field is always hotly contested.

If you want to seriously compete at Fashions on the Field there are some ‘rules’ when dressing  for autumn.  Be sure your skirt isn’t too short, wear stockings, gloves, carry a clutch and in most cases wearing your hair up will make you look more polished.  Think ladylike, classy and elegant.

I’ve identified the main trends for this racing season and I will explain a little more about them below. My one rule for my outfit is I have to be able to wear all or most elements of the outfit again for normal occasions. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on an outfit I’ll only wear for one day.

Hats, ‘Hatinators’ and Fascinators

Think rich textures and colour. Felt, leather or even barramundi skin! This winter a very popular shape to wear is the fedora.  Gucci made this style very on trend for winter 2012.  Their shape is quite large but smaller brims are available.

Gucci Fedora

Another popular shape is a pill box or a button. Neat and always classy, I’d definitely wear a side bun or French roll with this shape.

My sister Kate in a leather pill box

Remember you don’t have to buy your hat off the department store ‘shelf’, a milliner can make you a totally unique headpiece to match your outfit.


The peplum is out of control this season. It is everywhere and I love it! You can’t get much more ladylike.  Ellery (available in Myer) is a seriously modern take on a 1940’s look.  Other brands with the look include Yeojin Bae and Cue.

Kym Ellery with some of her beautiful modern peplum creations.

Autumn Tones

The beautiful rich jewel tones of autumn are so complimentary on most people.  There is a lot of maroon/plum/burgundy in the stores but you don’t need to wear this colour head to toe.  Mix in the popular mustard yellow, rich blues, teal and forest green that are around.  Leopard print accessories will tie in well and make the outfit more edgy.

This Wittner ad shows the autumn colour palette


This pattern isn’t everywhere (yet) but a number of stores are trending it such as Carla Zampatti, Saba and Marcs.  Always a classic look and black and white is a safe bet. Here Anna Dello Russo really rocks the look!

Marcs Houndstooth pleated skirt $179               Anna Dello Russo


I just adore the digital silk floral prints that are in fashion.  They are feminine and are a perfect foray into autumn in our warm Australian climate.  Camilla & Marc,  Lisa Ho and Jigsaw do some beautiful pieces.

Lisa Ho Dress $529                           Lisa Ho Dress $589


I am obsessed with this clutch from Marcs, it is large enough to carry some make up for touch ups and all your racing winnings!

Marcs Clutch Available in 3 Colours $149

Cue also has a selection of fantastic clutches.

Fur stole

The Australian climate sometimes doesn’t allow for this in March but how glamorous does a (faux) fur stole look!  Perhaps rock an Aurelio Costerella feather bolero instead?

Jigsaw Mongolian Collar $149

Aurelio Costarella Feather Bolero


A look that I think is very classy and fashionable for autumn is a pump with a colour blocked toe.  I love these Mimco ones with their special Perspex heel.  They are available in a couple of colours.  Saba and Milana (available at DJ’s)  also have some very  nice pairs available.   If you want to modernise a look that you feel is too classic, then go for a shoe with more of a platform.

Mimco Imperial Midi Pump $199.20

Saba Camden Shoe  $179

I really hope that you like some of these ideas.  Good luck at races!


Emma xx

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