With the spring races approaching as well as wedding season and the holidays, it is time to outfit plan. Some of my key favourite looks that are on trend but timeless enough to last to get you event ready.
SPRING RACES AND THE HOLIDAY SEASON
It was just yesterday that I was remarking that it had been a year since I was last shooting spring races looks, thinking it was not all that long ago. This year has flown! It is time once again to prep for the oncoming party season. With spring races, weddings (I have two next month) and the holidays approaching fast, it is time to make the most of every moment. Of course, the right outfit can make any occasion special.
There are a few key trends that I am loving, namely due to their timeless nature, that I wanted to share with you. The two looks below are perfect for the holidays or spring races events, while also being a little unexpected, chic and very comfortable. This time around I found both of my looks at Marks & Spencer.
Right now, beautiful feminine pieces such as bows and kitten heels are a fixation in the fashion world. Often balanced out with a slightly more masculine inspired look, such as a relaxed fit check suit, a kitten heel shoe lends a touch of delicacy. Combining velvet, bows and kitten heels in this one mule shoe? Immediately made me think of old-fashioned glamour, perfect with an occasional look or worn back with go-to jeans and a tee. The low-heel is very forgiving on tired feet standing at events and can seamlessly go from day to night.
Mustard yellows have always been present in my wardrobe thanks to some vintage shirts I never let go of. I am so so happy to have been able to find some beautiful mustard pieces of late. It is such a happy colour! Wearing yellow is a surefire way to lift your mood. It is not easy to feel down when you are wearing the happiest colour on earth! These statement pants at Marks & Spencer caught my attention right away.
Wide leg pants
Wide leg pants are a really different option for spring races or an occasional event. I love wearing dresses and skirts, don’t get me wrong. However, I also have a lot of love for wide leg pants, suiting and tailoring. A lot can be said for an elegant trouser look. Think gamine and channel a forward-thinking beauty like Katherine Hepburn or Amelia Earheart (two of my favourites). Opt for a statement colour, or simply try a neutral (loved this black velvet pair) and keep it chic.
I am sure you will have began to notice that I have been embracing the one-shoulder tops recently, including this one, as we go into summer. The spring races season and the holiday season is the perfect time to wear an elegant top. Glamorous and a touch unexpected, they are a great excuse to show off your earrings. I also had my eye on this off-shoulder option.
A few years ago I was working in an office on Melbourne Cup Day and thought I’d dress for the occasion in a nice dress and an embellished headband. My boss gave me a look that day that implied my outfit was not entirely appropriate. The shirtdress was modest, but shorter in length than my usual work outfits. With that in mind, I wanted to create a second look that was fun but office appropriate.
This dress is a simple swing long sleeved tee style, with a longer hem making it very elegant.
While many people love to pile on a lot of jewellery as the finishing touch, I prefer to pick one or two pieces. A statement earring like this pair is one thing that you can style with a casual look or an occasional look to add glamour. It can also act in place of a hat or fascinator at races events if you don’t wish to wear one.
Print on print
Polka dot prints are getting a lot of love at the moment, which is excellent. I adore classic prints. They are timeless and worthy of investment. This long dress can be belted or layered with a jacket. I decided it would be fun to pattern clash with the snake print bag strap of this cute box bag.
I love wearing boots for events with my dresses. I know at times this incurs some puzzled looks, particularly at weddings where generally speaking dainty heels are the usual go-to. However, low-heeled boots such as these are comfortable and cool, which in turn makes me feel relaxed and happy. If you are ever in doubt when going to an event and feeling nervous, it is definitely okay to slip out of high heels and opt for your favourite boots instead.
Are you loving velvets as much as I am? Embraced the one shoulder top or polka dots yet? I would love to know what you have coming up for events, any weddings or spring races plans? Let me know below!