Fashion Over 50s Lifestyle

Spring Racing Fashions

October 23, 2018

Fascinators and hats are everywhere at the moment, as In Australia, women (and men) are preparing for the Spring Racing Carnivals and in particular the Melbourne Cup. An event known throughout the world and in Melbourne there is even a public holiday to celebrate the event.

I’ve asked Christine Blundell, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond’s Fashion Editor, to put together some ideas of what we can wear plus some tips on practicalities and etiquette if you are attending the Races or a Melbourne Cup Lunch.

Fashions on the Field – the do’s and don’ts

While I haven’t attended a Horse racing Carnival, here in Australia they are very popular from October through to January, with what we call “The Race that stops a Nation”, The Melbourne Cup held on the first Tuesday in November.

For the majority of women who attend, it’s not the form guide that’s most important, but the Fashion on the fields. Many women spend a large amount of Dollars and hours shopping and searching for just the right outfit which includes hat or fascinator, shoes, bag, jewellery and more importantly the dress.

The fashion trends for 2018 Spring Racing Season are bold florals, ruffles, metallic especially Rose Gold with bags and jewellery. 

When planning your day, there are certain practicalities and etiquette to observe:


  • A clutch with a shoulder strap is best so that you have hands free to hold drinks, nibbles etc.
  • No stilettos as you will more than likely be walking over grass and don’t want heels sinking down into it. Wedge or block heels are great.
  • Shoes that are not unbearably uncomfortable as you will be spending many hours in them, a lot of them standing.
  • Take weather forecast into consideration when planning your outfit.
  • Make sure you put some bandaids in your purse touch up kit.
  • Fasten hat or fascinator securely to your head so you don’t end up chasing it if the conditions are blustery.


  • It is considered that not exposing too much skin is good etiquette.
  • Choose a dress that is not likely to blow up in the wind, revealing more than you would want others to see!
  • Wearing clothing similar to Cocktail party or day wedding outfit is recommended.
  • In consideration to yourself and those around you limit your alcohol intake. We have all seen footage of embarrassing behaviour due to drinking.
  •  Hats or fascinators that are too high make it difficult for other patrons to see over you if watching the racing and awkward for you getting in and out of cars etc.

In  Melbourne there are two specially designated days that call for specific dress guidelines and they are :

Derby Day where the dress code is Black and White

Crown Oaks Day where feminine and elegant dress is appropriate.

Spring Racing Fashion Melbourne Cup
Dress 1, 2 & 3 from
Dress 4,5
Dress 6,7,8

Fashion doesn’t have to break the bank

If you would like to treat yourself to a designer dress without the price tag,there are many online hire services eg or

Budge Buy Dresses

Spring Racing Fashion Melbourne Cup
Dress 1,2
Jewelry all from

If you already have shoes you love that are appropriate, you can change up the look with shoe clips available from

Change the look and colours in a hat or fascinator you already own by purchasing different coloured flowers and sewing them on.

By following the guidelines above you will be sure to enjoy your day.  Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #sizzlingtowardssixty

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  • Reply Donna October 24, 2018 at 09:19

    Hi, Christine and Sue – I LOVE these stylish, yet practical suggestions. So often the practical gets left out and that’s just no fun at all. Beautiful photos too!

    • Reply Christine October 24, 2018 at 11:12

      Hi Donna thank you so much for your lovely words. I’m so pleased you love the photos and you are certainly right about the practical getting left out, particularly if we are caught up in the excitement of it all. Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 07:33

      Hi Donna, I loved the outfits Christine put together and also her advice. Unfortunately, there are always some who over indulge and probably regret their actions the next day. However, it is a fun time even for those who don’t follow the races or gamble.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 25, 2018 at 11:22

    Gorgeous outfits & practical advice. I still giggle at that episode of Kath & Kim & the bit of carrot in the fascinator. Eeeeuw.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 15:21

      I remember that episode Jo and am laughing know at the memory.!

  • Reply Deborah October 25, 2018 at 11:29

    I’ve actually never been to a Melbourne Cup type event and though I’ve been to the races we were never quite at the ‘fashions of the field’ kinda of realm.

    There are some local races on soon and I wouldn’t mind going – for the outing and something different as much as anything – but not sure any of my friends are keen. Even getting dressed up for Melbourne Cup day would be kinda fun. I think. (Unless it’s too hot and then I’m out!) 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 25, 2018 at 15:21

      I haven’t been to the Melbourne Cup or any race for that matter, Deb. I did buy a fascinator this week for my MIL who will be attending a Melbourne Cup lunch at her aged care home and they are having a Fashions on the Field 🙂 I bought it from Target for $30 and I just might keep it myself LOL:)

  • Reply Kathy Marris October 25, 2018 at 19:29

    This is a very timely post as I’m going to a Melbourne Cup Luncheon. I already have a dress but I need to accessorise. I think I’ll pop along to Target to get myself a fascinator. I agree that comfortable shoes are a must! #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Christine October 26, 2018 at 13:18

      Hi Kathy enjoy the Cup Luncheon! I certainly agree about the comfortable shoes, if I go anywhere and my shoes are hurting I am miserable! Christine x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 27, 2018 at 05:05

      Hi Kathy, I found a lovely black and white fascinator for my MIL for $30 at Target. If I was going to a luncheon I would have purchased it for myself. They had some lovely styles at an inexpensive price. Enjoy Melbourne Cup and hope you win in the sweeps! x

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit October 28, 2018 at 11:43

    I do love fascinators . Especially those that look like little hats.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 29, 2018 at 07:07

      I don’t wear hats or fascinators Leanne but I did find a cute one for my MIL who is having a Melbourne Cup Lunch at her aged care facility. I purchased it at Target and it was only $30 – a bargain! x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle October 31, 2018 at 14:14

    What a lovely collection of fashion and accessories, it made me feel like dressing up. When I was young I used to love hats and fascinators. Some years ago my daughter was in a Melbourne Cup fashion event and she won. I had made her fascinator so that was fun. We will feature this fun post in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric October 31, 2018 at 16:42

      Hi Kathleen, I felt the same when I read Christine’s post. We don’t have the opportunity to really dress up too much these days. Thank you so much for the feature and I’m sure Christine will also be thrilled. xx

    • Reply Christine October 31, 2018 at 17:52

      Hi Kathleen I am so pleased you enjoyed the post and thank you for featuring this on Bloggers pitsop!
      It’s lovely to dress up and it’s a rare occasion now when we get the opportunity to wear dressy hats. Christine x

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