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Less is more when it comes to a winning spring racing outfit

by Julie Goodwin, / Wednesday October 16th 2019

The annual Melbourne Cup Carnival is arguably one of the busiest fashion events of the year. Of course, there’s Melbourne Fashion Week and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, but in between – there’s the Melbourne Cup Carnival when fashion’s finest pull out all stops in the race to the fashion finish line.


Julie Goodwin at Oaks Day 2018


From show-stopping millinery to the perfect clutch, for me, a winning spring racing outfit is less about the dazzle and more about the details. I’ve always preferred to pair a minimal outfit with great millinery, or a stand-out bag, and I tend to avoid prints and patterns to allow the silhouette to speak for itself.


Sharon Johal 2018 Derby Day - Julie Goodwin Couture Melbourne couturier


Looking back on the history of the Myer Fashions on the Field winning outfits, it’s clear that minimalism is favoured by the judges too. There may be a pop of colour, or a bold millinery statement, but the winning dresses have almost always been classic, styled with a ‘less is more approach’.


Brodie Worrell on Oaks Day by Julie Goodwin Couture


Another secret to a winning spring racing outfit (and a winning wardrobe year-round) – is the perfect fit, which is something only bespoke fashion can offer. A bespoke outfit is made for your body and your body alone, and when you’re centre stage competing at the races, it shows.

Pop into my Albert Park studio for a fitting and let’s design the perfect spring-ready racing outfit that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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