3 Avoidable Autumn Carnival Fashion Mistakes to Be Aware of Before You Hit the Stores

Image credit: Paul McMillan.

With cooler temperatures soon to return (praise the Lord) and autumn racing season just around the corner, it’s good to be aware of the basic ground rules around dressing for the occasion.


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14: Brit Davis attends Portsea Polo on January 14, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
This is how great straw hats can look during spring and summer – just don’t try this for autumn.

1. Straw is against the Law

Well not literally, but it might as well be. Straw is strictly for spring or summer racing, so make sure you don’t rock up to an autumn race day with anything on your head that’s not made of felt, metal or leather.


Olena Khamula the bachelor randwick racecourse colgate optic white 2016
Olena Khamula’s visible toned stomach certainly trod on some toes with this number. You can’t say she didn’t look stunning though!

2. Midriff is a no-go

Always. A visible midriff at the races (outside summer perhaps) is frowned upon, and if attending the Members’ Reserve you may be refused entry.


SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 25: Jennifer Lopez attends her Birthday Celebration at 1OAK Southampton on July 25, 2015 in Southampton City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
Definitely do not consider replicating JLo’s birthday look for autumn carnival.

3. Strappy, skimpy outfits

Your brief for autumn racing is your outfit should reflect the cooler weather. Think sleeves on your dress, boots or closed toe shoes. These days the traditions are relaxing a little around this, but you should still definitely stay away from the kind of strappy, strapless, or cut-out numbers you would usually wear to the club.


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