These super stylish Australian women will inspire you to stand out from the crowd at your next racing event
Racing style is a year-round concern for the dedicated fashionista.
And yes, colder climes might require some faux fur shawls and tights to keep warm, but creativity is the key to standing out among the crowd - and in making a lasting impression with the judges searching for the best dressed.
At the Dublin Horse Show in August, guests injected some youthful variety into the some of the more clichéd looks associated with a day at the races: a too-big skirt, a hat that covers half your face and opera-length gloves that even Amal Clooney can't pull off. But this weekend, we're inspired by our peers Down Under, who, at Friday's Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, brought their A-game.
Sure, it's coming into their summer, so it was all bare shoulders and open-toe heels, but there's plenty of time to prepare for next year's biggest events or add a cold-weather twist over the coming months.
Like this floral dream dress by Nicola Finetti and bejewelled headpiece worn by Aussie tv personality Sam Fronst.
And embrace a new twist on the traditional ballgown like model Jodi Gordon, who we'd never heard of today, but are following on Instagram immediately!
Or this impossibly sleek black suit with cut-out detail on Rachael Finch - not to mention that pearl Viktoria Novak hairband!
Supermodel Shanina Shaik went for a rather unusual look: a silk red and black pleated dress with matching hat.
For more of the must-see looks from Derby Day, check out our gallery below: