In Australia, November marks one major occasion on all our social calendars – the races. Think high fashion, endless bottles of champagne and ornate viewing parties. It’s one of the most exciting styling moments in a boss lady’s year. Today’s post pays homage to my style holy grails: originality, class and femininity. The look is inspired for the 2017 races, but can be worn for any formal Spring or Summer occasion.
When styling an event where you have to look flawless from start to finish, choosing a material that you’re comfortable in is key. I chose to style one of the most loved dresses in my collection. I embodied the wise words of Miranda Priestly, “Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking”. While florals are a beautiful addition to any wardrobe, why not use race season as an excuse to show off more unique designs?
I have styled a peacock printed silk dress. This dress flatters any body shape depending on how it is worn, and can be taken from day to night with a simple change of accessories. There are three elements that show why this dress is a favourite. The first is the silk material. Silk is a breathable material to wear on warm Spring days. The beauty of silk is that it drapes over your body instead of hugging it. This keeps the dress looking flawless and creaseless throughout the event, while allowing maximum comfort.
The second element is the tie feature on the neckline. This feature is what differentiates the dress from other pieces. There is no need to accessorise with necklaces as the ascot style jazzes the dress up and provides an exciting dimension to a classic silhouette. The third element is the printed belt. For curvier women like me, an adjustable belt is essential for drawing attention to the upper half of the body. Because the dress does not feature sewn on belt loops, women with a more athletic or straight build can wear this dress sans belt. The versatility of this dress highlights just how accommodating and flattering fashion can be.
The most striking aspect of this dress is the print. Royal peacock blues flow from the neckline and amalgamate with pearly white through the dress’ pleats, and finish with a soft ruffled hem.There are a few ways to accessorise this dress. For a more casual day time look, choose a pair of white, open toe sandals.
For a bit sparkle, why not select a pair of glittered, black pointed toe pumps.
To complement the blue and black colour palette, I selected a pair of ornate, blue drop earrings, and a silver dress watch. A “no makeup” look is key for this outfit. Think glowy skin, rosy highlights on your cheeks and lips, and a soft blue and silver eye makeup look.
The bag I have chosen is a simple, quilted white clutch to match the white pleats in the dress. An understated bag that serves its stylistic and functional purpose ensures all attention remains on the dress.
A statement bun would take this look to the next level – the more braids, the merrier. I decided to create a rope-braided updo using second-day curls. Who says accessories are only meant for the body? While classic race fashion is to wear elaborate fascinators and head pieces, let your dress do the talking. Instead, adorn your hair with silver, pearl hair pins. Weaving a royal blue ribbon into the bun would also look incredible.
Dress: Poise Fashion, designed by Kit Holland
Shoe 1: Diana Ferrari
Shoe 2: Nine West
Hair pins: Boutique
Bag: Colette by Colette Hayman