Wednesday, 6 March 2019

3 looks to try this Black Opal Stakes Day

The Autumn racing season has been officially launched by Flemington Victoria and is in full swing with race days being celebrated in Queensland, Tasmania and even Auckland.

Right here at home, in just a few days away, we will be celebrating Canberra's favourite race day - the John McGrath Auto Group Black Opal Stakes. You can expect a day of socialising, champagne, a few sneaky punts and of course fabulous fashion!

This race day will bring some of the best fashion thanks to the Canberra Outlet Fashions on the Field competition and the stakes are high with a trip to London up for grabs. To enter you must follow the criteria when planning your winning outfit, and every detail must be carefully considered, however, if you are not planning on entering but still want to make your mark we've put together 3 of our favourite looks to inspire your race wear style.

The Statement Dress - ladylike

I love a statement dress for the races and the silhouette is so perfect as the ladylike shape is always on trend for racewear. The brocade gives the dress the perfect amount of detail which is essential for race day dressing.

Dressing for the season is a must which is why I styled this dress with a pair of black suede points to take the dress from Spring/Summer to Autumn.

To balance the amazing shape of this dress, I accessorised with a simple rose gold and pearl headpiece to add a touch of elegance and glam but also to keep the look classic and suitable for day. 

Dressing up doesn't mean you should style your look as you would for an evening event so avoid cocktail wear and too much bling.

Autumn layers - edgy
Fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun! So why not be a little daring and experiment with your look for a day at the races. After all, racewear is about making a fashion statement but most importantly showcasing your individual style.

This dress caught my eye as it's THE perfect Autumn dress and I knew it needed a felt hat to achieve an edgy look.

Layering it with this tux style vest takes the edginess further and makes a statement by making this look unique and perfectly tailored to DJ's tomboyish and on-trend style.

Accessorising this look with a pair of white ankle boots complements the layering and again is perfect for the Autumn season.

Bold and colourful - classic

For racewear, you cannot go wrong with classic and of course colour.

Traditionally Black Opal Stakes was once true to its traditional black and white theme but modern racewear now embraces colour.

Orange is perfect for an Autumn race day and even though the tone is bright and summery, the style of dress is racewear perfection as it has a high collar, covered shoulders, a long hemline and the perfect amount of detail.

Given a bright colour is a little outside of my comfort zone, I styled this look with black to stay true to my individual style as well as accessorising my bag with a colourful silk scarf to tie the whole look together.

No matter what look you want to try for this year's Black Opal race day don't forget to pay attention to the details. This includes your hair and makeup, nail polish, accessories and shoes. Racewear is about dressing head-to-toe and most importantly about having fun and trying something new with your look! See you at the races! 
Dresses || CUE/ Canberra Outlet Centre 
All Headwear || Canberra Outlet Centre

Words and styling by @sofiapolakstyle

Photography by Daniela Jukic (DJ) @wearefoundau

This post was sponsored by Canberra Outlet Centre. If you would like to work with us email


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