This year’s theme is ‘Carnival of Colour’ which is a great fit for the Top End’s vibrant lifestyle.
The month-long Carnival includes a host of on and off-track social events as well as eight race meets culminating in the Darwin Cup on the first Monday in August, a public holiday in Darwin.
For those un-initiated to the Darwin Cup Carnival, it’s far more laidback than its southern counterparts. While Flemington has its famous roses, the Darwin Cup Carnival is more renowned for its dirt track which turns into a dance floor after the Darwin Cup.
In other words, the emphasis is on fun.
But, while the mood may be relaxed, the fashion stakes are just as high as you’ll find in Melbourne or Sydney.
So, the question is what to wear?
To help you out, we’ve put together a few race looks for inspiration and got some hot tips from Darwin Turf Club Head Fashions on the Field Judge (and our style crush) Georgie Murphy.
DS: Hi Georgie, let’s start off with what are your top three race wear trends for the Carnival?
GM: In no particular order, three of my faves are the midi length skirt, mixing textures and the use of accessories to complete a look.
The midi-length skirt is flattering, can be worn a variety ways (my personal favourite is the pencil skirt) and to me, the midi length is the epitome of race day elegance.
Using a variety of textures in one outfit, be it lace and leather or even heavier fabrics like a wool or felt with lighter fabrics like linen, allow racegoers to create a unique take on any look. It also means Territorians can embrace autumn and winter fashion trends despite our warm climate!
Accessories are no longer just an afterthought to an outfit. That’s been shown across catwalks, to street style and of course trackside. They’re available at all different price points and can allow you to add a new edge to clothes you already own.
DS: Yes! We loooooove big earrings at the moment!
DS: What about your tips for embracing the carnival of colour theme?
GM: This year’s carnival of colour will allow racegoers to embrace their favourite colours and maybe even try a new colour palette too. Rather than going top-to-toe in one colour, mix different shades, into your look.
Bypass old rules like “blue and green should never be seen” and instead, experiment with colours that might clash or loud prints and patterns.
With eight race days across Darwin Cup Carnival allow each day at the track to have its own personality – some are more casual, others more chic. Keep this in mind as you decided what to wear!
DS: Thanks Georgie, see you at the track!
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**Thanks to the beautiful Mavericks for being such a handsome model on this shoot 🙂
Red dress, shoes & gloves – Love thy Label
Red Hat – Maria Koko Designs
Earrings – Christie Nicolaides
Orange dress – Pink Hill
Multi-colour fascinator – Monsoon Millinery
Blue shoes & blue bracelet – Stomp Shoes Darwin
Blue bag, yellow bracelet & gold earrings – Pink Hill