WINNING LOOK: Ondreea Kitching, dressed in clothes from Dissh, is ready for the Cup.
WINNING LOOK: Ondreea Kitching, dressed in clothes from Dissh, is ready for the Cup. Sarah Harvey

Melbourne Cup style stakes are high for race fans

STOP horsing around with elaborate outfits and instead combine a simple dress with statement pieces this Melbourne Cup, fashionista Bec Jones has advised.

The Dissh Riverlink manager has tipped swing dresses, neon brights, and classic black and white outfits with an added splash of colour as the hot favourites for Cup day.

Swing dresses and skirts will be a safe bet for women of all shapes this Tuesday race day, Ms Jones said.

"These are the dresses that fall straight down from the waist, so they're not tight around the leg area and they're very fun," she explained.

"They're not age-specific either; it's a classic style that's very flattering."

Ms Jones said dresses in neon, citrus hues would add a block of colour to outfits.

Lime, peach and magenta "these are really popular colours at the moment," she said.

"Otherwise, women can set off a classic black or white dress with bright or oversized accessories such as a large clutch or rose-gold necklace."

In terms of all-important millinery, Ms Jones suggested understated dresses could be set off by floppy hats.

"Top off a simple dress with an oversized hat - floppy hats have been popular in everyday wear and they'll be big on derby day," she said.

Another look that's always perfect for races is large spots in dresses; polka dots can be very elegant.

A big trend at the moment is Aztec-style pieces; clothing with details and embroidery and a sort of Moroccan look, she said.



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