The Best Accessories for Your Spring Racing Look

Think of your accessories as the final exclamation point to your most stunning spring racing look. They’re a way to truly add your own personal flair to a dress or jumpsuit, and will pull your outfit together into a coherent, well-thought-out look.

As Jodie Mckenzie, head designer at Minkpink, says: “It's all about the accessories for me – a killer outfit is nothing if the look isn't finished off with the right shoes, jewellery, and bag.” Add to this, of course, the all-important millinery, which literally sets the framework for your outfit from the top down.

Needless to say, there’s little room to leave accessories to the last minute. If you’re looking for one show-stopping piece, or an entire suite of options, here’s our edit of the best accessories to wear to every carnival on the spring racing calendar.

Caulfield Cup

If there’s ever a day to pull out all the fashion stops, it’s Caulfield. Embrace the metallic trend with a designer handbag and block heels.

Spring racing accessories

Ford Millinery headpiece; Stuart Weitzman sandals; Chloé handbag.

Derby Day

Continue the black and white theme to the very smallest details: the grosgrain ribbon on a wide-brimmed hat; a pair of graphic two-toned earrings.

Spring racing accessories

Tony Bianco mules; Sylvy Earl hat; Oroton handbag (in store only); Amber Sceats earrings.

Melbourne Cup

Go wild for clashing colours – the brighter, the better. Satin, leather and raffia add a chic textural contrast.

Spring racing accessories

Jill & Jack hat; Valentino handbag; Balenciaga mules.

Oaks Day

Keep it ladylike with a retro-inspired handbag, or put a quirky spin on Oaks Day’s feminine dress code with oversized sunglasses and a baroque headpiece.

Spring racing accessories

Mimco headband and earrings; Mansur Gavriel handbag; Chloé sunglasses (in store only)

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