Racing Fashion Trends 2014

What to wear to the Melbourne races?

If you are a lover of vintage glam, here is a beautiful example of how to put a classy outfit together which would turn heads. This is a look for those who are in the members enclosure or for those lucky enough to be invited into a private marquee during the Spring Carnival racing season! It’s definitely a polished look, great Fashions on the Field. Minimal accessories are required for such an outfit.

Ashleigh is always divinely dressed in vintage style – she won the Fashions on the Field title on Oaks Day at Flemington last year in a black lace dress and large, gold disc hat. Even though she wasn’t chosen as the winner of the fashion competition, Ashleigh was a winner in my Fabulous Femme Fashion Stakes!

Ashleigh’s vintage, green silk dupion and lace dress is complimented beautifully with a purple vintage hat. The ruffles on the skirt of the dress adds a little bit of interest.

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Racing Fashion - Trends 2014

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Here’s what Ashleigh had to say about her outfit and Fashions on the Field: 

This outfit (which is my favourite so far) all started with the blouse which I purchased from Alannah Hill in January. I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a colour analysis with Sandra Martin in October last year and it really broadened my mind to colours that would be most complementary to my skin tone. Although I have not worn a lot of green before, I decided to give it a go. Picking the material for the skirt just came so easily once we had the starting point. And who could refuse the offer to go to Italy to purchase an amazing silk print!

Keeping in mind that I love sophisticated and elegant racewear (think Victoria Beckham and Audrey Hepburn), John and I thought to keep with the below the knees pencil skirt to complement the elegant blouse with the high neck and capped sleeves. We added the ruffle, split and beading on the blouse to keep with the spring/summer 2014 trends.

When we started to piece the outfit together it became quite clear with the textures and style that a vintage head piece would work perfectly. Again, picking up on the colours for spring/summer 2014 and a floral theme was a must.

After all the planning, designing and fittings, it’s always such a pleasure catching up with the many other beautiful ladies and men of the fashions of the field world. Laughing and sharing fashion stories (the good and the bad) and taking some time out of our busy schedules to just chat about our love of racing fashion is certainly the best part of the day.


  • Dress is designed by John Van Gastel
Head piece by Christie Millinery Designs
  • Shoes by Jimmy Choo
  • Bag by Anya Hindmarch


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