It's race season again and Melbourne Cup Carnival is upon us. From Sunday 2nd October to Saturday 5th November Flemington Race course will host a number of horse racing events. Now let's be honest girls; and I may be generalising here, but we attend to check out the latest trends and show off our amazing dresses and headwear.
So right now it's outfit planning time, you want to look great without:
A: Buying fast fashion; that every chick at the races will be wearing.
B: Having to take out a loan or get a new credit card.
So here are some great options for you, I have done the research so you don't have to. Here are my top picks for buying, renting and second hand dresses. Let me start by saying, there are some great sales on right now!
BUYING A DRESS
Talented Australian designer Cynthia Farchione designs the most glamorous dresses for her label ASILIO.
I don't know about you but I also LOVE the neck accessory she has on.
Sale and non-sale priced between $149-$259
Simply stylish dresses from Sydney based designer Celeste Tesoriero.
Priced between $220 - $260
Proudly made in Sydney Australia ARNLEY design and produce dresses perfect for race season.
PLUS THEY ARE ON SALE!!!
Priced between $120 - $210
Melbourne based label Dress Up always design simplistic pieces with subtle details. The below dresses and jumpsuit are currently on sale.
Priced between $180 - $300
Veronika Maine are ECA accredited and produce dress that are perfect for special occasions such as Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Priced between $225 - $289
RENTING A DRESS
It's the 21st century and these days we rent everything; films, music and ... dresses!
Here are my tried and tested recommendations for websites to rent from this season.
Taking the stress out of searching for a race day dress, Her Wardrobe have even created a dedicated category for you search.
You can wear dresses that have JUST been showcased at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week without paying retail price! WINNING!
Rental price between $99 - $250
Rent A Dress Australia
At Rent A Dress, girls like you and I put their own dresses up on the website for other girls to hire. Share and share alike!
Some of these dress have been worn once and just sit in the wardrobe, so they are basically brand new right?
Rental price between $50 - 150
BUYING SECOND HAND
There is no shame in buying second hand dresses. Preloved dresses have already served their purpose so any extended use is recycling - yey!
My "go-to" place for second hand, quality clothing is most certainly the Facebook Buy/Sell Group HIGH END. Now, it's very important that you stick to the rules of the group (trust me you don't want to be shouted at by the admin ladies!). You will find amazing designer clothes, shoes, accessories on HIGH END at a reduced cost. One persons impulsive full price purchase is your gain!
I hope you have a fantastic race season and if you purchase and of the above dress make sure you tag @ecomono_ in your Instagram photos to show us!