Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016

Melbourne Cup fashion is, in a lot of ways, reflective of the race itself: bold, bright, and punchy prints and colours that turn heads and stop traffic rule the day. These are some serious sartorial efforts that also manage to be fun and frivolous. After all, isn’t that what fashion is really all about?

On the one hand, the Melbourne Cup is such a big deal that it quite literally stops a nation: offices close early so everyone can go. It is one of the most prestigious Group 1 races in the whole world,┬áthe world’s richest turf race, and the richest prize in Australian sport, with a cash prize amounting to $6.2 million. And the trophy? Last year’s was worth a mere, oh, $175,000.

On the other hand, the joke is that most people who go are actually so busy partying that they don’t even notice the actual races! I can’t help but think of how perfectly it encapsulates the Australian spirit: we take nothing too seriously, except when it’s the business of having fun!

Here are my top picks for my Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit for 2016:

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Ginger and Smart Icelandic Dress

Ginger and Smart Icelandic Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Ann Shoebridge Silk Falling Flowers

Ann Shoebridge Silk Falling Flowers

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Karl Lagerfeld Choupette Big Pouch

Karl Lagerfeld K/Kocktail Choupette Big Pouch. Buy it here

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Anine Bing Betty Strappy Heels

Anine Bing Betty Strappy Heels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Alexis Delila Dress

Alexis Delila Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Keegan Mae Millinery Thea

Keegan Mae Millinery Thea

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Carrie Cut Out Clutch

Seed Heritage Carrie Cut Out Clutch

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Nine West Mana Sandala

Nine West Mana Sandal. Buy it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Thurley Khalo Dress

Thurley Khalo Dress. Rent a dress here

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Nerida Winter Zatanna

Nerida Winter Zatanna

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Sophia Webster Flossy Pompom Bag

Sophia Webster Flossy Pompom Bag

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Sophia Webster Maya Metallic Sandal

Sophia Webster Maya Metallic Sandal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Mother of Pearl Luna Dress

Mother of Pearl Luna Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Jill and Jack Millinery

Jill and Jack Millinery

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Aldo Astirwen Bag

Aldo Astirwen Bag. Buy it here

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Anine Bing Betty Strappy Heels

Anine Bing Betty Strappy Heels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Rachel Gilbert Jose Dress

Rachel Gilbert Jose Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Ann Shoebridge Azra Headband

Ann Shoebridge Azra Headband

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Jimmy Choo Candy Acrylic Clutch

Jimmy Choo Candy Acrylic Clutch

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandal

Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Carla Zampatti Red Crepe Anais Dress

Carla Zampatti Red Crepe Anais Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Viktoria Novak Gilly Strawberry Red

Viktoria Novak Gilly Strawberry Red

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Spring Racing Accessories: Nudes and Neutrals | Track Mode | Tony Bianco Koots Black Alligator

Tony Bianco Koots Black Alligator Clutch. Buy it here

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Nine West Martina Heel

Nine West Martina Heel. Buy it here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Rebecca Vallance Wilson Ra Ra Dress

Rebecca Vallance Wilson Ra Ra Dress

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Rebecca Share Halo

Rebecca Share Halo

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Fendi Carlino Clutch

Fendi Karlito Clutch

 

Melbourne Cup Fashion Edit 2016 | What to Wear to the Races | Track Mode | Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandal

Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandal

 

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