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Melbourne Cup Day 2017 Racewear Fashion Tips

We are five sleeps away from the big day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. Melbourne Cup Day is the jewel in the crown of the Spring Racing Festival. Like a jewel, the Melbourne Cup Day is about glamour and sparkle. It is colourful and flamboyant. There is room for adventure and experimentation. Here are the top 5 fashion tips for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, 2017:


Melbourne Cup Day Fashion Embrace Dior:

Fashion in 2017 is in the grip of Dior mania and Melbourne Cup is no exception. Racewear, this season, is a rewind to the ‘50’s ‘New Look’ dresses. It is feminine and flirty.  Take a cue from the movie ‘Stepford Wives’. Opt for demure frocks, and billowing skirts cinched at the waist.

Colour your world:

Wear vivid colours like red, cobalt blue, emerald green, fuchsia or tangerine.

Go floral:

Wear floral prints to match the spectacular roses of Flemington Race Course. Poppy dresses in coral and daisy dresses in aqua and yellow add sunshine to your racewear wardrobe.


Hats in all shapes and sizes have been a part of the race wear tradition since the 19th Century. The bold and the beautiful among us have always dared to redefine tradition. Experiment with headgear. From Paul Poiret to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, men and women have worn turbans with aplomb. Why not tie your favourite scarf as a turban? A jeweled headband or a sequined beret can be an alternative to the fascinator. The head scarf, band or  beret can be used later at pre-Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties or at bar be ques by the beach.
When it comes to clutch bags, boxy minaudieres’ and envelope bags win hands down in 2017. Clutch bags with extra features like side slings leave your hands free for the canapés and champagne. Mercury may dip on Cup Day. Combat possible rain and chill with a Pashmina or a silk scarf. A note of caution, do not over accessorise. If you carry a diamante’ clutch bag, go easy on the jewelry.

Be comfortable:

Sky high stilettos look cool but do not feel cool when stuck in the grass. Spare yourself the embarrassment of walking bare feet at the end of the day. Footwear like wide pumps or wedges saves you trips to the podiatrist after the races. Understated shoes are a safe choice if you prefer the spotlight to be on your clutch bag or turban.

Have fun:

Make the most of the Cup Day even if you are not in the birdcage. Pack a picnic hamper, catch an early train, grab a good spot and live the dream. Deidaa will live stream news feeds from the Flemington race course.

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