With the Autumn Carnival kicking off, The Style Doctor is here to give you some racewear style medicine to have you looking your absolute best at the track.
If you’re new to racing the biggest thing to know about racewear fashion is the difference in Spring and Autumn looks which includes millinery. Hats and headpieces for the Autumn carnival should be felt, wool, leather, suede, a leather or metallic crown, or a bow. Keep your straw and sinnamay hats for spring.
Colours for the Autumn carnival should be richer too. Colour trends this year are green, navy, burgundy, red, creams, black and white. Black and white is also the theme on the 7th April at Randwick Racecourse for Derby Day so if you’re heading to the track that day, make sure you have your monochrome moment that day.
Also you should have slightly more coverage in your Autumn look so choose a higher neckline, sleeves or a lower hemline. Avoid strapless and thin straps as well as bright summery prints as it’s not the season.
The Style Doctor is lucky enough to know some incredibly talented Milliners who have some beautiful hats this season. I have gone through and chosen some of my favourite pieces and these amazing milliners are offering our Style Patients a special discount so you have no excuse not to be racewear ready this season!
Jane Stoddart Millinery. Jane is a talented Milliner who has been making hats and running millinery courses for years. Her studio is based in Potts Point for those that like to try before they buy. Jane also offers all Style Patients (Style Doctor readers) 10% off by contacting Jane and mentioning The Style Doctor. Jane created my winning leather turban last year.
My favourite piece from Jane’s Autumn collection is a black felt fedora with an oversized brim and black bow. The great thing about black is you can wear it with almost anything and here I have styled it with a Bianca Spender faux leather black top and an autumn green skirt.
Ann Shoebridge is another talented Milliner who works with Myer to create pieces for Jen Hawkins, Rachael Finch and Zara Phillips to name a few. If you’re up for making a statement then I love Ann’s Daily Paper hat and I have styled it with a white Maticevski dress which is perfect for Derby Day on the 7th April at Royal Randwick.
Genevieve Ren is a Sydney based Milliner who has completed Millinery courses with Jane Stoddart and works with Ann Shoebridge. I love her art deco leather button headpiece. Genevieve is offering offering Style Patients $30 off full priced items by contacting her prior to purchase and mentioning The Style Doctor. I have styled Genevieve’s piece with a black Asilio dress and burgundy accessories.
Sarah J Curtis also has some great hats for the Autumn carnival and she is giving Style Patients 25% off by going using the online code KASH25. The best part about Sarah's hats are that they are very versatile and you would be able to get a lot of wear out of her pieces on and off the track. I love Sarah’s navy wool boater with gold and I have styled it with a Camilla and Marc dress.
Viktoria Novak is an incredible milliner renowned for her beautiful crowns. She creates stunning metallic or beaded crowns as well as leather crowns which are great transeasonal pieces. I love her mocha hearts leather crown and I styled it with a floral Zimmermann dress. Viktoria has a studio in Alexandria by appointment only.
Jill and Jack Millinery also known as Millinery Jill is a beautiful milliner. She is based in Melbourne but will ship anywhere. I fell in love with her origami pleated bow headpieces and I have styled this piece with a Ginger and Smart pleated dress which ties in perfectly. Jill is offering 10% off by emailing Jill and mentioning The Style Doctor.
If you are on a budget or you are not a regular racegoer then a great option is to hire your look. Your Closet Hire has everything you need to have you race day ready at a fraction of the cost. Your Closet Hire also offers Style Patients 20% off by using the online code STYLEDOC. I love a Zimmermann dress they have online as well as a Natalie Bicki rose and gold headpiece.
Hopefully this has inspired you for the Autumn Carnival but if you would like one of expert Style Doctors to style a perfect look for you based on your colouring and body shape then please contact us.
Remember to stay stylish or if dowdiness or fashion pain persists, please consult your Style Doctor.
Millinery Discounts for Style Patients
Jane Stoddart- 10% off by contacting Jane and mentioning The Style Doctor
Ann Shoebridge- 15% off by contacting Ann and mentioning The Style Doctor
Genevieve Ren- $30 off full priced piecesand mentioning The Style Doctor
Sarah J Curtis- 25% off by using the online code KASH25
Millinery Jill- 10% off by contacting Jill and mentioning The Style Doctor
Your Closet Hire- 20% off by using the online code STYLEDOC
Sydney Race Days
Saturday 24th March- Longines Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens. The Harrolds Fashion Chute is on for ladies and gentelmen including the Longines Prize for Elegance.
Saturday 31st March- Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens. The Harrolds Fashion Chute is on for kids aged between 2 and 12.
Saturday 7th April- Championships Day 1 at Royal Randwick, Derby Day. The Harrolds Fashion Chute is on for ladies and gentlemen.
Saturday 14th April- Championships Day 2 at Royal Randwick, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day. The Harrolds Fashion Chute is on for ladies and gentlemen including the Longines Prize for Elegance.
For further informaiton, visit the Australian Turf Club website.
Make sure you are following our instagram and facebook pages to see our looks from the Autumn Carnival.