The Caulfield Cup Spring Carnival is just a matter of weeks away and from then it is only a short canter onto the all-important Melbourne Cup Week. Even if you’re not entering any Fashions on the Field competitions it is still time to seriously consider your racing outfits if you want to compete with the rest of the crowd on the lawns.
A clutch is the most elegant option for a carry-all (sunscreen, compact and a few dollars for betting) yet the massively over-sized versions in fashion recently will probably just get in the way. So here’s a handy select few to take inspiration from;
1. During the Melbourne Cup season Derby Day is traditionally the day to wear elegant black and crisp white. We Melbournians now how to work black and this Esta clutch by Spencer & Rutherford for Flemington is an equinophiles dream. The shoulder strap can be hidden but may also be handy when you have a formguide in one hand and a glass of bubbles in the other. (www.flemingtonshop.com.au)
2. Melbourne Cup Day is the big one and it is also the day to bring out your most flamboyant, outrageous outfit and have some fun. Vibrant colours are in order so try out this leather clutch in an French purple hue from Oroton. It is called Ibiza and the magnetic closure won’t leave you fumbling for that winning ticket. (www.oroton.com)
3. Your best ensemble should be reserved for Oaks Day which is typically considered ladies’ day. It’s a time for refined elegance. This Nancybird “belt clutch” with its hand printed floral panels reminds me of high tea with scones and finger sandwiches. Now what’s more lady-like than that? (www.nancybird.com/shop)
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