Us Australians are known to love a good punt - as the old saying goes, we'll bet on two flies crawling up a wall. Being raised in a Chinese household, my knowledge of gambling was limited to poker games with peanuts as currency or the occasional Sunday afternoon session of Mahjong on my parents' birthdays. I was never directly exposed to the level of excitement,atmosphere and grandeur that goes with the yearly season of racing until I was well into my high school years. As someone who struggles to understand almost any form of sporting activity and our nations' unwavering fascination with it all, you could imagine my delight when I realised that Spring Racing season was just as much about the ladies in the stands as it was about the fillies on the field.
This week's post is my simple and sweet ode to Spring Racing. Specifically what to do when you're faced with the dilemma of running around working on Melbourne Cup Day, stopping mid afternoon to celebrate with a champagne BBQ at the office while watching THE race. Even though it's considered a fairly casual event amongst colleagues, my usual double denim weekday ensemble just doesn't cut the mustard. So I had to raid my wardrobe for an substitute that would be easy to wear and appropriate to the occasion.
This simple but effective gingham print dress has a great vintage inspired silhouette without all the fidgety corsetry required to fit into an actual vintage dress. Paired with a classic pair of white pumps and an updated clutch (to hold my winnings from the office sweepstakes) the ensemble is completed with a decorative brooch that's also vintage inspired, adding interest without being over the top. I decided to forgo the raceday hat and gloves - which I normally would have nothing against, but in a work environment I'd rather err on the side of easy and relaxed. This is an outfit that will see me through the day with minimal fuss and maximum impact!
The outfit would also work well for a post work dinner date or even a weekend picnic - just swap your heels out for some ballet flats or wedges and you're ready for action. Hoping you all enjoy a lovely Melbourne Cup Day if you're an Aussie like me! See you next week!
xx(SHOP THE LOOK >> Dress: Forever 21 - similar here and here, Heels: Ebay - similar here, Bag: Collette - similar here, Brooch: Lovisa - similar here, Ring: Forever 21 )