Glam up for spring racing season

FROCK UP: Fashion enthusiasts are wearing glam from the 1950s for this year's spring racing carnival.
FROCK UP: Fashion enthusiasts are wearing glam from the 1950s for this year's spring racing carnival. Bob McGahan

SPRING racing fashion season is heating up.

Fashion enthusiasts live for the spring racing season, as it is time to show off the latest trends.

Tracks around the nation, from Flemington to Gatton, come alive with the fiercest of fashions on the field runways.

Competitors bring their A-game, attention to detail is at its highest and little expense is spared as annual heats are met with tens of thousands of dollars in prize pools as ladies compete in the lead up to the national finals.

Winter is the warm-up and spring is game day. The gloves are quite literally off as strict criteria in autumn and winter is relaxed but replaced with high expectations and a whole new set of rules.

Spring is the closest racing fashionistas can go to breaking the rules while still meeting criteria. A little extra skin with off-shoulder or one shoulder tops makes an annual return, muted navy, emerald and black tones are replaced with fresh white and pastels and there is plenty of variety in headwear as winter-appropriate felt and leather is packed away for another season.

This season headwear is looking to the 1950s for influence as classic veiling adds a traditional twist to contemporary shapes and cuts. Boater hats are here to stay, as they have always been, freshened with straw bases in pastels and statement colours.

If there's one constant between the racing fashion season, it's length and while spring time skirt and dress hems should always (and without exception) pass the knee, nobody will mind if they're spiced up with splits, panelling and peplums.

Pleasingly, classic pumps can have a holiday in spring as strappy sandals and peep-toe shoes re-emerge and accessories are bold, bright and happily in faces.

It's the season and fun and frivolous fashion by the track, as long as it's below the knee.

Ripley Today