Ladies’ fashions on the field

Whether you’ll be poring over your form guide or sloshing your champagne about blithely, use our handy guide to get hoofed and saddled in style

Sine Qua Non

The window of Sine Qua Non is a visual feast of Parisian ornaments, beads and broaches. The carved wooden handles of umbrellas peek up at you with glass eyes, and gaudy plastic eiffel towers sit alongside delicate porcelain pendants. If you're on the hunt for a statement piece to set off your spring races frock, you're sure to find one here. Sourced from both European and local designers, the jewellery on offer has something to suit most budgets. Melbourne.

Julie Fleming

Whether your dream hat is classically elegant or a tropical explosion of feathers and lace, Julie Fleming's collection caters to all tastes. For the last 20 years Julie has been crafting hats, hair accessories, headbands and fascinators for weddings and special occasions. Simple hats and small pieces start at around $200, or you can pay up to $800 for a more elaborate creation. Hawksburn.

Shag: Windsor

Where else could you find a jumbo Glomesh purse and a transparent lucite box clutch in the one store? Shag takes the pain out of thrifting with their impressive assemblage of vintage clothing and accessories, all reasonably priced in accordance with their former value. If you can't stand the thought purchasing something “used” don't despair, Shag also carries a line of new items. Windsor.

Zomp: South Yarra

With close to 100 brands of footwear stocked in Zomp, all of which are impeccably on trend, you are unlikely to go home empty handed. For those daring, dizzying heights we recommend the Zomp in-house brand, as they offer an exceptional range of styles for a reasonable price. For ladies who like a bit of innovation with their strut, try Jeffery Campbell’s creations, where there is no heel at the back. Although these may be a challenge come race day, at least the usual sky-high spikes won’t get stuck in the field. Zomp’s shoes are too stunning to be carried around by limp fingers after a few too many champagnes in the sun – wear these babies with pride. South Yarra.

Alannah Hill

Alannah Hill’s dresses are feminine, glamorous, and instantly recognisable; much like the designer herself. Frocks range from the lady-like to the sexy, with a lot of ruffles, detailed beadwork and delicate lace. The silk, figure-flattering ‘My yearning heart’ dress has an intriguing bird print for those who want to go beyond the usual floral design. For something more demure with a classic shape, ironically, try the ‘I AM the Boss!’ dress in either white or black. Melbourne.

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First published on 2 Oct 2012. Updated on 19 Mar 2014.

By Caitlin Beech, Hannah Valmadre   |  
 

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