Fashion has always been synonymous with the Spring Racing Carnival and we can’t see that changing any time soon.
The season regularly sees racegoers embrace bold prints and bright colours, in displays of personality, style and sophistication. Regardless of whether you’re planning a social day out or vying for the Fashions on the Field title, a day track side must be partnered with a carefully planned look.
After all what’s the fun without it?
We have your ultimate guide for 2018.
Keep these tips in mind if you want to rise above the crowd in your sartorial statements. PLUS we have our super easy Do’s and Don’ts for the Spring Racing Carnival 2018. Not to be missed.
A Delicate Balance
One of our pet hates at Le Louvre is when a look is out of balance. What does this mean we hear you asking? It’s when your outfit lacks a certain ease on the eye – either there’s too much skin showing, or too much fabric. This also stretches to your choice of head wear. If you have a voluminous outfit, balance this with a smaller more compact hat. Say you have opted for a sleek, tailored look you can then choose a larger, more angled headpiece.
One of the kings of balance at Le Louvre is Roland Mouret. If he chooses to design an open back the length will be longer line, if he decides to go for a minidress style, the neckline will be higher. Roland Mouret’s dresses are lifetime pieces. Classics with a twist designed with real women in mind. World class.
Let’s be honest, we can’t have a conversation about Spring Racing trends without mentioning the Royals. After all they are meant to be the ones to set the tone for the rest of us. Choosing a single tone for your racing look not only creates a snappy, and well put together finish – it hides a myriad of sins as well. A single colour can lengthen your silhouette and you control where the eye is taken. If you’re not someone who can easily put things together for a smart and stylish finish, tonal dressing also offers the appearance that you know what you’re doing.
Here is our pick.
The Devil is in the Detail
If your Spring Racing goal is to stand out from the crowd – ours most certainly is! These are the hats for you.
Exclusive to Le Louvre in Australia, ibo-Maraca hats are intricately crafted and hand painted so that no single hat is the same. intricate hand paintings, the classic silhouette, the quality of a straw – everything is created with the individuality and lifestyles of those who are always looking to wear something unique in mind.
The hats are handmade in Ecuador, home of Toquilla straw, which is the primary material used during the production process. Crafted meticulously and with a passion for detail, the hat weaving process can take up to 8 hours. Once woven, each piece is hand-painted by renowned Greek artists, who create unique illustrations. Our signature new hat shape is exclusively designed for Ibo-Maraca, one more unique feature of our brand.
We are lucky in Australia to have somewhat more laid back rules to the stringent dress codes of Royal Ascot.
So why not have some fun with it? There has been a real shift towards tailoring this year and from our buying for 2019, this will not be easing up any time soon. This means your investment purchase in a beautiful suit will also take you to the 2018 Spring Racing Carnival.
Our favourite brand for easy, everyday tailoring is Stella McCartney. Wear the full ensemble or just the blazer with a pair of jeans and you have yourself a workhorse piece that looks smart and stylish all year round. For a really stand out racing look, pair one of our new season suits with a Gucci blouse.
Our QUICK Dos and Don’ts for Spring Racing 2018
- If in doubt, choose clean-cut tailoring to ensure you can wear your pieces post Spring Carnival.
- Make sure you wear shoes that will last the day, you will be doing your sartorial self a favour.
- Make sure to plan ahead, plan your outfit WITH a weather appropriate coat or jacket of some kind.
- Don’t show too much skin! Spring racing is about elegance, keep the balance right.
- Overdo it with the makeup – book in early with our friends at Mecca for the best in make up artistry.
- Remove your shoes. Ever.
- Forget to order your corsage to match the official flower of each race day. Shows you’re not a novice!
At Le Louvre we can style you from top to toe. Need a little extra care and attention? We can call you for all new arrivals at Le Louvre.
Make an appointment, we can take the stress out of dressing – never have nothing to wear again. Contact us today.