One Dress, Four Ways at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival


If you’re a keen racegoer, Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival can be an expensive time of year.  So I thought, why not just buy one dress, and then using the beauty bundle concept, change it up so you feel like you’re wearing a completely different outfit each time, still on theme.

I’ve chosen a simple offwhite dress by Phase 8 (available at David Jones) and show how easily the whole outfit looks and feels more different just by changing up a few accessories.

One Dress, Four Ways at the Melbourne Spring Racing CarnivalDerby Day

Dress code: Black and White

Derby Day 2016 Weather Forecast: 7 – 25C mostly sunny

What to wear Derby Day - Spring Racing CarnivalFirst thing you may be a little chilly, so a lightweight shrug is a good way to keep the chill off until the sun warms up.

Take a white dress, like this one from David Jones – Phase 8 

Add a black shrug – Anthea Crawford

Black and white fascinator – Max Alexander 

Black clutch – The Daily Edit

Make your day easier in a low heeled sandal – Vince

Melbourne Cup Day

Dress code: Colourful

Melbourne Cup Day 2016 Weather Forecast: 8 – 18C possible shower

What to wear on Melbourne Cup dayThe forecast says it will be a bit chilly this Melbourne Cup day, so include a jacket in your outfit to keep you warm.

Floral Jacket – Perri Cutten

Orange clutch – Claudia Canova Asos 

Necklace – Asos Rock n Rose Choker 

Fascinator – Max Alexander

Oaks Day

Dress code: Floral

Oaks Day 2016 Weather Forecast: 9 – 22C Sunny

What to wear on Oaks day

The sun is forecast to be shining all day!

Clutch – Blue and White

Shoes – Nine West

Necklace – Kate Spade

Blue hat – Fillies Collection


Stakes Day

Dress code: Relaxed Racing

Stakes Day 2016 Weather Forecast: 17 Possible shower

What to wear on Stakes Day - Melbourne Cup Carnival

Bit of a cool day forecast, so some sort of layer such a as a cardigan or shrug will help you to feel more comfortable.

Clutch – Olga Berg

Shrug – Cher 

Rose headband – Rock n Rose headband 

Wedges – Aerosoles 

Using beauty bundles in different colours is such an easy way to change up a simple, neutral dress, so that you feel like you’re wearing something completely different!

If you want to ensure that what you’ve chosen to wear, then check out this blog post, and also head over to the VRC website to double check the rules.


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  • Great post. I’d never have thought to use white as the main neutral. Now to just keep from spilling champagne on my dress….

    This is also a great idea for weddings etc to have one dress plus the beauty bundles in your wardrobe gives you lots of options for not a lot of money.

  • Can’t help thinking blue stiletto heels would be more problem than they’re worth, especially in grass areas. Maybe a nice wedge or block heel instead?

  • This dress is incredible. I think Lucy O’Connell ordered a dress from this designer, too! What a fabulous look. Love both style interpretations! This dress can be styled in so many ways for different events, seasons, and looks. Love!

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