5 Melbourne Cup Dresses for Ideas

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Wearing a neon yellow and white lace dress designed by Charlie Brown, Laura was featured on countless best dressed lists and fashion roundups. The top of the dress was white lace, and featured a classic high neck with attention grabbing ruffle detailing around the neckline. As a whole, this dress was the perfect marriage of tradition and trend, which she kept anchored by matching her yellow skirt with yellow shoes. The eye was invariably drawn upwards by the neck detailing as well as the peach fascinator perched atop her head. Dresses in bold hues, balanced out with traditional details can certainly capture this style.

Chloe Moo in 2013

As a regular at Fashions on the Field, Chloe Moo is certainly a race day fashionista. Plus, having a designer mum (Jo Moo of Raw Cloth) certainly does not hurt. In 2013 Chloe won Fashions on the Field with a hand-printed Raw Cloth dress. The large red, black, and white print tapped into a popular colour scheme for track fashions while staying timeless in a short-sleeved sheath cut that fell just above the knee. The print resembled large flowers or bursting fireworks, and the boldness of the print was further enhanced with a feathered Monsoon Millinery piece in a similar design. Those inspired by this dress can focus on sheaths with a cinched waist, oversized prints, and the classic red, white, and black colour combination. All of these dress choices are easily found in shops or online at sites like eBay.

Kate Waterhouse in 2013

Kate Waterhouse wore a below-the-knee, tailored shift dress which carefully balanced several favourite fashion trends. Small doses of each trend allowed the outfit to work harmoniously with her accessories, creating a look for many to admire. The primarily black Vera marble-print Peter Pilotto dress featured a unique arched V-neckline that was high enough to be race appropriate but interesting enough that no neck baubles were needed. Her shoulders were adequately covered, but small, geometrical cut-outs on the sleeves added visual interest. Below the bust line, there was a centre printed panel running the length of the dress that accentuated her figure.Just above the knee in the front centre there was the smallest raised hemline, a graceful arch that evened out along the back of the dress. Keep in mind the elegant way these details were executed in order to successfully recreate this type of look. Smallcut-outson short sleeves, a centre printed panel, and small hem details are all paramount.

Pia Miller in 2013

Vintage glamour reminiscent of the 1920s was worn by Pia Miller at the 2013 Melbourne Cup. Her dress was a Johanna Johnson design, elegantly embellished with ostrich feathers and Swarovski crystals. Johnson designed this whimsical dress in a single shade, cream, so that the focus was on the design and the texture. A simple, sleeveless top with a rounded neckline billowed forward, while crystal detailing topped the full feather skirt at the waist. To wear such an extravagantly detailed dress, race goers should copy the monochromatic style here. Also, those choosing a feathered skirt can keep it race-day-ready by opting for a simple top and headpiece.

Coco Rocha in 2013

Supermodel Coco Rocha was the 2013 Melbourne Cup's official style guest and one of the Fashions on the Field judges. Certainly the pressure was on to look flawlessly fashionable, and Coco delivered this with a style that got overwhelming attention. Her Peter Pilotto dress could be described as an abstract version of colour blocking. The lines were skewed, off-centre, and diagonal, but they all worked beautifully to add to the overall design. Large strips of red, white, and black were enhanced with printed sections, and the print made up the entire section above the bust. This, along with the oversized capped sleeves, created the illusion of a cape, adding glamour to her very modern, well-tailored dress. A daring front slit added edge to the otherwise classic shape. Oversized capped sleeves, off-centre lines, and mixed prints with large sections of solid colours are all essential to making this style unique.

Laura Dundovic in 2011

Melbourne Cup is the most cutting edge day of Spring Carnival Racing season, and choosing a fabulous frock can seem daunting. There are race day dress codes to consider, which require modest hem lengths at the knee or lower, no strappy or strapless dresses, and the coordinating of dress, shoes, and millinery. It can leave a lady feeling a bit overwhelmed, so those looking for fashion inspiration should check out these 5 Melbourne Cup dresses for ideas. Each of these ladies managed to strike the balance of classic elegance with fresh ideas.

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