Sunday 18 February 2018

These super stylish Australian women will inspire you to stand out from the crowd at your next racing event

Jennifer Hawkins arrives at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jennifer Hawkins arrives at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough attend the Emirates Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Natalie Imbruglia poses at the Sensis Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Shanina Shaik during the Melbourne Cup Carnival Media Preview Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

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Sam Fronst poses on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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!

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Jodi Gordon poses in the Birdcage on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Or this impossibly sleek black suit with cut-out detail on Rachael Finch - not to mention that pearl Viktoria Novak hairband!

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Rachel Finch poses at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Supermodel Shanina Shaik went for a rather unusual look: a silk red and black pleated dress with matching hat.

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Shanina Shaik during the Melbourne Cup Carnival Media Preview Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 2, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Sam Tabone/WireImage)

For more of the must-see looks from Derby Day, check out our gallery below:

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough attend the Emirates Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough attend the Emirates Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Elyse Taylor poses at the Lexus Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Natalie Imbruglia arrives at the Sensis Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Natalie Imbruglia poses at the Sensis Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Georgia Love poses on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Sam Fronst poses on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Roxy Jacenko poses at the ELLE Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Rebecca Judd arrives on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Kate Peck poses at the ELLE Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Kate Waterhouse poses at the ELLE Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Ksenija Lukich poses at the ELLE Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Nadia Bartel poses at the Elle Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jodi Gordon poses in the Birdcage on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jennifer Hawkins arrives at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Jennifer Hawkins arrives at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Rachel Finch poses at the MYER Marquee on Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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