Skip to main content

Julie Goodwin Couture Oaks Day essentials

by Julie Goodwin, / Monday November 19th 2018

Brodie Worrell on Oaks Day by Julie Goodwin Couture


It’s safe to say the entire Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival is one big fashion affair for me. I’ve just wrapped up Cup Week for another year, and I may be nursing the side effects of one too many spring racing champagnes, but the celebrations haven’t stopped.

Dressing Phoebe Montague and Sharon Johal for Derby Day was just the beginning. I also dressed Brodie Worrell and Jae Lin with local milliners Felicity Northeast and Louise Macdonald, both for their entries in the VRC Millinery Award on Oaks Day, and managed to somehow squeeze in the time to dress myself on Derby Day, Cup Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day. When you love what you do as much as I do, it’s all a lot of long (but fun!) hours.



Brodie Worrell on Oaks Day by Julie Goodwin Couture


I had all sorts of fun working on Brodie Worrell’s Oaks Day dress with her.

We paired Felicity’s asymmetric hat design with a riotous shade of hot pink, and together, we decided the 80s were back and nothing less than a double-breasted outfit would do. I found some hot pink boucle worthy of Linda Evangelista on the catwalk, then amped up the shoulder pads and cut an angled hemline to show off Brodie’s gorgeous legs. With a long line shawl collar and a synch under the bust to flatter her waist, Brodie was as thrilled with the outcome as I was.

Brodie Worrell on Oaks Day by Julie Goodwin Couture


It’s a style that would suit most women, and it’s perfect for a bigger bust and curves. Keep an open mind; just because Brodie stood out in hot pink on Oaks Day, doesn’t mean this bespoke number couldn’t be made in black for a fresh take on a traditional power suit, or white with delicate beading for an ultra-modern wedding dress.

If you have an idea in mind or you’re simply looking for the perfect fit, come and see me. If you’d like to plan next year’s spring racing outfit too, best to book in soon! It’s my busiest time of year.

The Emmys are a celebration of creative talent, and the most coveted outfits

Mother of the bride 101: what to wear, what not to wear, and traditional etiquette

There is no such thing as a ‘standard size 10’ in today’s fashion industry

Pearls or gems? How to pair fine jewellery with bespoke clothing

The difference between black tie and cocktail dress codes for weddings and events

How to style a cocktail dress in winter