Spring racing season - the fashion and beauty essentials

Spring is here and as well as a bit more warmth and sunshine, we have the Spring racing season which means frocks and fillies and fascinators.

The races are a time for fun and the fashion follows that theme with more colour, patterns and of course florals.

This Spring racing carnival we'll see the off shoulder look and cut outs which has been a lingering trend. 

You can hardly go wrong with ruffles and lace for that feminine touch and flowing florals also fit the aesthetic. 

You can check out this recent post on florals with other dresses that'll be perfect for the races.

There are four official race days, each with their own theme and each with a specific dress code.

Derby day is on November 4 and is usually the time to go monochrome and stick to black and white. Your headpiece is where you can take a risk and stand out, depending of course on the dress.

Melbourne Cup is on November 7. This is where we go bold and bright with our dress and a crown, more subtle headpiece or understated hat, is a good accompaniment.

Oaks day is on November 9, also known as ladies day. Think feminine, florals and ruffles with a flower crown.

Stakes day is on November 11 and is more of a family day so you can opt for a more relaxed outfit such as a flowing dress or a pant suit.

When it comes to accessories, it's not all about the hats and fascinators. The basket bag is so popular right now and nothing beats necklace layering or ring stacking.

As for the ever important headpiece, crowns are always a perfect, subtle addition to an outfit and if you opt for a bold, block coloured dress, go big on the headwear. 

Check out Viktoria Novak who is the queen of crowns or for something a little adventurous, Sovata knows how to use colour and texture to create a stunner of a headpiece.

When it comes to your makeup, less is usually more. Natural, glowing skin is ideal, with a touch of highlighter or illuminator on the cheekbones to catch that Spring light.

I'm a big fan of the bronzed look right now - think terracotta and gold tones on the eyes, with some eyeliner and a few coats of mascara or add some fake lashes for extra effect.

A bold lip is a little more risky, especially with all that champagne sipping to be done. I recommend sticking to a nude lip colour. 

Please don't forget the sunscreen. 

It takes a lot of thought and planning to get ready for the races and if you're in need of some help, let me know. As a stylist, we can shop for the perfect outfit or outfits, to make you look and feel sensational. 

A big thank you to Momento Dezigns for letting me road test these stand out Spring racing outfits. They have plenty other options in store too.