The Spring Races have arrived and its time to find the perfect spring racing dress. While we all love dressing up, sometimes it can be tough to know what to wear. In this guide, we show you all the top trending styles for the spring races and give you stylist tips on how to put together the perfect race day outfit.
What to Wear to the Spring Races
Spring Racing Carnival Dress Code
There are so many different race day events, so it can be confusing deciding what to wear as you navigate through all the different dress codes. To make the process less stressful, we narrow down the basics of each race day event dress code and show you our favourite picks for spring racing dresses.
Shades of Blue
The fashion inspiration for Everest Day this year is a touch of blue. Whether your whole outfit is blue or only features a hint of the colour, blue hues are the way to go.The dress code for these races must be at a suitable standard meaning smart attire. Smart attire consists of no midriffs or cutouts or casual clothing of any kind.
These are our favourite spring racing dresses for Everest Day:
Pasduchas Lucia Sleeve Midi Dress
The Pasduchas Lucia Sleeve Midi Dress in Sea Mist is a beautiful long sleeve style that is made from a lustrous satin. Featuring a plunging v-neckline and an a-line skirt, this dress is flattering on all body types. In a beautiful aqua/baby blue colour, this dress is perfect for the everest day races.
Style with the anya fascinator to match as seen in the images below.
Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress
The Aje Serendipity Reflection Midi Dress is a mid-length dress with a corset inspired waist, made from a glossy linen material. In the gorgeous indigo/navy colour this piece makes the perfect spring races dress for everest day. This elegant dress can be dressed up with fascinators for a more suitable look for the races.
Runaway The Label Rapture Midi Dress
The Runaway The Label Rapture Midi Dress is a gorgeous royal blue mid-length dress made from a satin material. With a v-neckline and bell sleeves, this dress is very flattering. This light-weight material is extremely comfortable which is all you need for a day at the races.
Ladies Day - Pastels and Floral Prints
Commonly referred to as Ladies Day, Oaks Day calls for feminine dressing. Soft pastels, dreamy floral prints, and elegant silhouettes are the way to go. To embrace your femininity, we recommend ruffles, lace, puff sleeves, floaty skirting and pleats. You can even step out in a pantsuit.
These are our favourite spring racing dresses for oaks day:
Mackenzie Mode Maverick Dress
Rebecca Vallance Garance Midi Dress
Melbourne Cup Day
Big, Bright and Bold
Because it is still a formal event, standard race day rules regarding the smart attire dress code still apply, but it is your opportunity to go big, bright and bold! The Melbourne Cup gives you the opportunity to experiment with your style by choosing vibrant colours, statement silhouettes and colourblocked accessories.
These are our favourite spring racing dresses for melbourne cup day
Mackenzie Mode Button Me Up Maxi Dress
The Mackenzie Mode Button Me Up Maxi Dress is a gorgeous maxi dress with a vibrant green print. This statement dress features frill detailing on the shoulders with a flared skirt, giving a flattering silhouette. Go bold with accessories by pairing this spring racing dress with a fascinator to complete the look.
Our model Casey is wearing the valerie headband to match.
Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress
The Rebecca Vallance Montez Midi Dress is an elegant one shoulder style made from a structured crepe material. This dress has a flattering slim silhouette and features a dramatic statement bow on the shoulder. This gorgeous dress is the perfect spring racing dress for melbourne cup day as it has a big bow on the shoulder and is designed in a bright and bold pink. It nails the brief!
Rebecca Vallance Cupids Bow Midi Dress
The Rebecca Vallance Cupids Bow Midi Dress is the statement dress for the spring races season. This dress features a pencil skirt with shoulder detailing that accentuates the flattering silhouette. If you thought the last dress was bright and bold, this dress is the ultimate statement spring racing dress.
Relaxed - Fun and Floaty
While maintaining the smart attire dress code, stakes day is more relaxed. Floating skirts, linen fabrics, two-piece sets are the way to go for stakes day. You can still opt for colourful pieces and bold prints, as well as mini dresses, ruffled hems and dramatic sleeves.
These are our favourite spring racing dresses for stakes day:
Mackenzie Mode Button Me Up Mini Dress
The Mackenzie Mode Button Up Mini Dress features flattering blouson sleeves with ruffled detailing on the shoulders. In a colourful geo print, this dress is perfect for stakes day as it is a fun and flirtatious style yet still has a touch of sophistication.
Pair this dress with a fascinator or the valerie headband as seen below.
Rebecca Vallance Loretta Long Sleeve Mini Dress
The Rebecca Vallance Loretta Long Sleeve Mini Dress that features a v-neckline, structured sleeve and waist band to flatter the figure in all the right ways. This easy to wear style is the perfect pop of colour to start the warmer season of Spring. Even better worn to a day at the races.
Pair this dress with a fascinator or the leslie headband to complete the look for race day, as seen below.
L'idee Renaissance Split Gown
The L'idee Renaissance Split Gown in bright green, features the famous L'idee pleating in the umbrella skirt and halter. This floaty skirt design is the perfect effortless look for stakes day but still has you looking put-togther.
Black and White
Derby day is strictly black and white only. It is considered the most formal of the carnival days, so you'll commonly see structured midi dresses, clean shapes and classic fabrications. Accessories must also keep in-line with the colour theme.
These are our favourite spring racing dresses for derby day:
Mackenzie Mode Daisy Embroidered Dress
The Mackenzie Mode Daisy Embroidered Dress is a feminine design featuring blouson sleeves, tailored waist and frilled hem. The polka dot detailing and intricate design makes dressing for derby day exciting as it becomes difficult when you cannot utilise colour. This classic silhouette is the perfect spring racing dress.
Rebecca Vallance Calla V-Wire
The Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi Dress is a sophisticated style made from a thick structured crepe. The dress has a fit and flare silhouette. We think this style is perfect for Derby Day as it is a super elegant design and will have you feeling comfortable for a long day at the races.
As seen in the images below, this style is available in black and ivory/white.
Randwick Races Dress Code
The dress code for the Randwick Races is smart attire. To keep it simple, this means no midriffs, casual clothing or denim. Dressing should be kept at a sophisticated and suitable standard.
Here are our favourite spring racing dresses that are suitable for the randwick races:
Mackenzie Mode Monarch Midi Dress
The Mackenzie Mode Monarch Midi Dress features a waist belt to flatter the figure and lace trim detailing that gives a feminine touch. The floating hearts print represents a modern art piece and adds a level of sophistication to the design. This effortless design perfect as a spring racing dress especially paired with a fascinator.
We love this dress paired with the laya boater hat as seen in the images below.
Rebecca Vallance Dionne Midi Dress
The Rebecca Vallance Dionne Midi Dress is a beautiful a-line design in a vibrant green. With a soft-cupped bodice and thick adjustable straps, this dress is made for comfort, perfect for a long day at the races. Experiment with your style by adding colourful accessories and a fascinator to elevate your look.
Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress
The Aje Caliente Tiered Cut Out Dress is an asymmetric midi dress in a beautiful daisy yellow colour. This dress gives a flattering silhouette with the asymmetric hem and floaty skirt. The gorgeous yellow colour makes this dress perfect for the warmer season of spring, so why not wear this number to the spring races?
Finding Your Fit
Now that we have guided you through all the different race day events and outlined the meanings behind each dress code, it is time for you to pick your perfect spring races dress. Buying a dress for one event of the year can be costly and unsustainable. With our hiring service, you can rent a dress for a fraction of the retail price while also reducing your environmental footprint. All these spring racing dresses are available to hire at Dress for a Night.