Months of preparation, hours upon hours spent trawling the internet for outfit inspo and the perfect accessories, online shopping, consults with milliners, weekly trips to shopping malls, DIY tasks, sewing, finding hair and makeup artist’s, sleepless nights trying to piece it all together in preparation for what is almost every race enthusiasts favourite time of year; Spring Carnival.

I have attended Spring Carnival in Melbourne for the last 6 years and I LOVE it. It’s what I look forward to every year, the highlight of my racing calendar.

I love vibrant spring fashion and the platform to showcase your outfits at what is the ultimate FOTF competition- the Myer National FOTF Finals.

spring carnival history

Here, all the state finalists from throughout the year, gather on Oaks Day, to (hopefully) be crowned the national winner (and take home the Lexus). It’s also everyone’s last chance to get in on the action and become the Victorian State Finalist.

myer spring carnival fashions on the field

Image credit: @flemingtonvrc

Here is a little overview of my week in Melbourne and how my outfits came together.

Getting to Melbourne

On Friday November the 3rd, I set off to Melbourne with 3 suitcases, a hat box and a garment bag in tow. No easy feat when you are travelling alone. The suitcases fell off my trolley three times, but I got there in the end.

travelling to melbourne

fascinator in luggage

As you can see my millinery above was too big to fit into a box to carry onto the plane and I didn’t want to risk a box getting squished, so I decided a suitcase was my best bet…

how to pack millinery

Air pillows,found at the post office, are fantastic for making sure your hats don’t move around in the boxes.

For those of you wondering how to transport all of your hats (for me, usually three or more), try stashing two hats into one hat box (if it’ll fit) and making that your carry on luggage. An extra lightweight, hard cover suitcase should hold another hat box and a loose hat.

You might run into trouble with the whole one-gal-too-many-suitcases-not-enough-arms situation though. Also, be sure to check how many suitcases one person is allowed to take.

The Park

The Park was created two years ago and hosts the Fashions on the Field enclosure, a band enclosure, some food stalls and rides- almost like a mini carnival.