This is Part 3 of a 3-part blog series where I show you how I made my three 2018 Spring Carnival outfits pictured below.

In this post I’ll share how I created my Oaks Day outfit. You can also check out my two previous posts on how I made my Derby Day and Melbourne Cup outfit.

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My 2018 Spring Carnival Outfits – Left to Right: Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day

Starting with a Hat

My Oaks Day outfit started with a hat. The hat I had made by Peacock Millinery to match my pleated dress. I absolutely loved it and was super excited to wear it. I rarely ever start with a hat, so this was a fun challenge for me.

oaks day blue crinoline hat peacock millinery

Image @peacockmillinery

Last minute as usual and only two days out from flying to Melbourne, my options for finding an outfit were limited. I needed to work fast! I had a cream tulle dress in my wardrobe, designed and made by Andrew, that I had worn to a few events earlier this year.

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The first time I wore this dress was in February when I judged the Viva Prix De Fashion competition in New Zealand. I wore it again when judging at the Emerald 100 races.

I tried it on with my hat, thinking the tulle and crinoline would work well together and was very pleased to see it looked beautiful with my hat.

oaks day blue fascinator with white tulle race dress

Finding my Accessories

I was lucky enough to already have blue heels, purchased with the intention of wearing them with my Cup Day outfit, and they were the same colour as the hat.

dusty blue high heels in box

I had a pale blue belt from Adorne, which I bought a few years ago for $7 and found it was also a good match. As most of the outfit was found tucked away at home somewhere, I managed to save some funds…thank goodness. My limit for race day outfits had expired!  

Continuing with the sea theme, I found some starfish and shell earrings at Lovisa. I purchased two pairs of earrings from Lovisa, the first were $18 and the second pair were on sale for $7. I mixed and matched the two pairs to use the two bigger earrings from each set. Everyone thought the star earrings were Christie Nicolaides, which are around $300, so it was fun telling everyone they were $7!

sea theme starfish shell gold earrings

I decided to try finding a clutch in Melbourne because I was out of time.

Spotting a Sale in Myers

When in Melbourne and on the hunt for a clutch, I wandered into Myer in Melbourne City and saw a stunning white Alex Perry Dress hanging on the sale rack. It was made of the most beautiful white fabric, textured with sequins on it.