On Saturday the Melbourne Racing held their Carnival Preview day at Caulfield. There was free entry and the sun was (mostly) shining so I headed off to the track for another day of fashion and racing. There were three heats for the Chadstone Fashion Stakes across three sections of the competition. There weren’t major prizes up for grabs, but winners from the day have each won a coveted spot in the finals for their section. The host for the day was Melanie Vallejo from Winners and Losers on Channel 7 and judges for the day included Emily Power and Caulfield Style Ambassador Erika Heynatz,

First up for the day was the Stylish Over 40s Ladies heat. There were a limited number of entrants, with only 10 women for this section. I speculate that more entrants are put off from coming and entering in the earlier heats because if you win a spot in the grand final you have to return in three weeks time in the exact same outfit. Numbers may have been down, but the quality of the entrants was good with a couple of women missing out that I thought had a very good chance of making the final.

The three winners

The three winners

Next up was the Stylist Gentlemen category. Now this was a great heat with a lot of personality  being shown on stage and some brave men that dared to be different in outfits stepping away from the ordinary suit and tie combination. These men had put as much work into their outfits as well as their presentation and it felt at times like I was watching a walk off in Zoolander.

The three winners

The three winners

Last but not least was the Stylish Ladies Under 40. This was the strongest heat of the day with the most entrants. I recognised many familiar faces and there was a very broad range of fashion. Looks ranged from classic and feminine, edgy and fashion forward to a little crazy! I don’t think the judges would have had an easy time picking their winners as seeing such a broad range of styles on stage and judging is trying to compare apples and oranges- they are just different. I didn’t know which direction and style they would go for. The big decisions were made and winners looked great and definitely deserved their places in the grand final on Caulfield Cup day. Their outfits certainly ticked all the boxes for putting together a great race day look and showed great personal style. I loved the unicorn clutch (which I’ve had on the OTOT Instagram feed) and loved the quirk it added to such a classic ladylike outfit.

The three winners

The three winners

My outfit started with my Nicholas Kirkwood for Erdem shoes that I bought online. I went with a pastel theme to match my shoes and viewing all the coverage from the various fashion weeks is showing pastels as a trend to watch. Peplums are still going strong in fashion so I tried out a more structured peplum on my dress.

I stayed until the last race and lost on the couple of races I put a bet on- a whole $5! haha but I had a great day out at Caulfield and look forward to the next time!

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By Angela Menz