(Australian Associated Press)
Big bold colours are in for Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup and hats are making a comeback, says the event’s official stylist.
The October carnival offers the year’s first taste of racing fashion track-side, with the style more relaxed than the Melbourne Cup in November.
Melbourne Racing Club official stylist Lana Wilkinson says the 1970s are back in a big way with flares, jumpsuits and bold colour.
“While last spring was about black and white, this year colour is back,” Wilkinson told AAP at the event launch on Tuesday.
“Colours are really, really big. It was very monochrome last summer. This season it’s a lot of pastels, a lot of bold brights.”
Big hats are also making a comeback, she said.
“I don’t think they’re back in a big way in the sense everybody will be wearing them, but I think you’ll see the fashion set rock a big fedora and things like that, channelling that Charlie’s Angels ’70s vibe.”
Pants suits and flared skirts, pants and tops are also big trends.
Wilkinson said racegoers should have fun with their choices.
“Be a bit daring. Rock a jump suit. You can do that at Caulfield and get away with it,” she said.
But race day traditions should always be observed, nightclub outfits avoided and ladies should never throw off their heels and carry them around barefoot, she said.
Men, meanwhile, should complete their look with a pocket square and leave the navy and black suits for the office.
The Caulfield Cup runs from October 10-17.