The Top 3 Celebrity Styling Secrets for Racing Fashion - Sweet Pea Fascinators & Finery

The Top 3 Celebrity Styling Secrets for Racing Fashion

Posted by Catherine Carmady on 11th Mar 2018

Not everyone can afford or access the services of a professional stylist. So how can you get the look, without a stylist, and without breaking the bank.

If you're looking to compete in a FOTF event, then there are often different themes and rules that apply. But if you're a fashion forward woman with a busy lifestyle heading to a raceday for a fun day out, then you want to look on-trend, stylish and be comfortable. 

This post will uncover the key looks celebrities have been sporting at recent race events, and some fantastic purchases that will have you looking styled and race day ready quickly.

The key to creating an on-trend race day look is to not try to incorporate too many details. Overkill is the enemy of style... and overaccesorising can be an issues when we're adding a hat or headpiece to an outfit.

When putting together your look you should focus on three key elements to be on-trend this year:

  • Exaggerated silhouettes
  • Textural contrast
  • Bold use of colour 

Start with one of these elements to be the "star" this might by your dress, or your headpiece. 

Exaggerated silhouette  

  • Sleeve detail
  • Skirt shape
  • Frills or folds
  • Pleats
  • Neckline


  • Embroidery
  • Embellishment
  • Sheen
  • Sheers


  • Monochrome 
  • Brights
  • Pastels

Make sure your headpiece, dress and other accessories don’t compete with each other.

Dramatic silhouette = smaller headpiece

Bold monochrome dressing = add texture

Taller slender looks = Larger hat

Choose one standout accessory other than your headpiece. Either your earrings or necklace or bag or shoes…. just not all of them.

It's interesting to note that in the celebrity realm of celebrities and their stylists (and budgets) necklaces have taken a back seat to statement earrings and bags. 

However, necklaces can be a great option if you’re resusing a simple dress (that favourite navy lace dress from your sister’s wedding) to brighten and add colour, texture and interest without incurring a lot of cost. 

Kate Waterhouse wearing Alex Perry white midi dress. The monochrome colour and exaggerated volume of the skirt take centre stage, downplaying the headpiece with an embellished veil, and shoes with textural interest.

A pop of bright fuscia is perfect for a day at the races. The cutouts along the hem and the hat’s weave add texture which contrasts perfectly. Other accessories are kept neutral to avoid matchy matchy overkill. 

Rosalia Russian let the textures and colour of her stunning emerald green lace dress take centrestage of this outfit. Her simple hair bow at the backs allows statement earrings to the the secondary feature of this style.

(Note - statement earrings… no necklace).

Emma Freedman in Toni Maticevski. The rich orange colour of the Toni Maticevski dress is the star here, with a simple headband and hairstyle and black shoes.

(High neckline and long sleeve… no necklace or earrings)

Brook Hogan wearing a stunning red dresss. Another example of an interesting silhouette. Simple gold hoops and a studded turban style headband keep the look clean. The intricately texured clutch bag works perfectly against the monochrome look to add a touch of interest.

Jodie oozes prettiness in this ensemble. The candy pink dress with it’s pleats and ruffles has texture, meaning a sleek hairstyle and simple crown are the perfect accessories.

(High neckline… no necklace or earrings)

Steph Claire Smith uses texture in the contrasting prints to add interest to an otherwise simple look. The beautiful red is the standout, keeping accessories simple and clean.

The simple lines of Terri's dress are complemented with a textural crown headpiece, allowing the bold orange colour to be the star of this outfit. The lean silhouette is enhanced with a large frill lengthening the look.

Jen’s outfit whilst neutral in colour allows the feature to be on textures, the sheen of the fabric, the sheer top and the embellished headband. Without these elements this outfit would be bland.

Colour + Texture + Silhouette 

These are the secret elements. Across the spectrum of celebrities appearing at recent events, we can see this winning formula working perfectly everytime. 

Steal their style with these stylish combinations...