Race-day to Party – Fresh Ways to Restyle Your Dress

The spring racing carnival isn’t only a fashion event worthy of your best outfit, it also marks the unofficial start of the Australian summer party season. This is good news because it means that what you choose to wear to the races now can do double duty over the coming months at summer’s best cocktail parties, dinners and picnics.

For inspiration on how to take your dress from trackside to party circuit, we turned to fashion-loving tastemakers Dominique Faludi and Eileen Cassidy, who style their favourite looks from Lioness and Minkpink, respectively.  

Eileen Cassidy Spring Racing Carnival Dress Style

Eileen wears Minkpink dress

Wear it now: Derby Day
Wear it later: summer picnic

With my favourite boater hat, this asymmetric polkadot dress is perfect for Derby Day – it’s so pretty! I’d definitely wear it again, styled more casually with flats, to a nice picnic lunch.

Dominique Faludi Spring Racing Dress Style

Dominique wears Lioness dress

Wear it now: Melbourne Cup
Wear it later: Christmas festivities

When wearing something as bright as this, I like to keep it minimal with my hair and makeup. I’d wear a simple high bun or loose waves and make sure my skin is super hydrated, with some bronzer down my legs to really let the colour pop.

Dominique Faludi Spring Racing Dress Style

Dominique wears Lioness dress

Wear it now: Oaks Day
Wear it later: cocktail party

A hat is such a great way to funk up a look, for this outfit it brought a little bit of edge to such a feminine dress. I also love vintage for headscarfs, bold earrings and sunnies – the bonus of vintage is you’ll know for sure that no one else will be rocking the exact same look.

Eileen Cassidy Spring Racing Carnival Dress Style

Eileen wears Minkpink dress

Wear it now: Stakes Day
Wear it later: New Year’s Eve

This dress is so feminine and super chic, I loved styling it with a boater hat and big hoop earrings. I love to wear hats and I’m thrilled that boater hats are in fashion!

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