Deciding what colours to pair together in your outfit can be tricky. With so many potential colour combinations to choose from, where do you even start?

To help make the decision a little less overwhelming, I’ve pulled together an index of popular colour combinations that you can browse for inspiration. These are tried and tested combinations, worn successfully to the races (as you’ll see in the 71 photos below!)

Most colours can be paired together, provided they are of the right shade. For tips on choosing your own outfit colours, check out this blog post.

Base Colour #1 – Pink

Let’s start with the favourite; pink! We’ve all been enjoying the popular pink and red combo, but recently we have seen some lovely teal and pink, and maroon and pink combinations for Autumn/Winter.

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Pink & Red. Image credit: @perfectscentswithlaura, @wacountrycups, Mary Ann

What about a little pink and orange?

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Pink & Orange. Image credit: @sally_martindhu (1&2), @Kerrie Carucci, @style_by_annalucky

A new favourite we have seen popping up is pink and teal.

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Pink & Teal. Image credit: best_dressed_accessories client Nicole (left), suzieq249 (centre), juliawatson_zarbella photo of @birdeehair_boutique (right).

Base Colour #2 – Blue

Blue is always a popular colour at the races and there are so many fabulous shades of blue, from powder blue to rich navy blues.

Some fun combinations seen lately are blue and khaki, blue with red, and blue and maroon.

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Blue & Khaki. Image credit: @wacountrycups photo of Natalie Alman (left), @leahelle (right).

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Blue & Red. Image credit: @wendellt image of @style_by_annalucky, @itsannabeldavy

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Blue & Red. Image credit:@alicebright__, @naynay1075, @demimondestyle.

Totally loving blue and maroon this season!

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Blue & Maroon. Image credit: @klealee, @trackfillies.

Blue and orange also works.

blue and yellow dress

Blue & Orange. Image credit: @ashajanex

Another popular combo is a monochromatic look made up of different shades of blue.

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Monochromatic Blue. Image credit: Katie McCann, @lindsay.j.ridings, reg_t

Base Colour #3 – Orange

Orange is such a fun colour to wear and perfect for Spring! I personally love to pair orange with other rich tones like navy blue and forest green.

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Orange & Blue. Image credit: @wendellt photo of @Lindsay.j.ridings (left), @milanoimai (centre), @r_a_c_h_a_91 (right).

Orange and teal is a beautiful combination to try especially if your orange is in a burnt orange shade.

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Orange & Teal. Image credit: Janet Bramham

Base Colour #4 – Yellow

Nothing brightens a mood like bright yellow! Yellow also looks great with blue- of all shades, from light to dark. It looks great with pink too, but my personal favourite would have to be yellow and purple!

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Yellow & Blue. Image credit: @trottingham_clan13, @lisamarch1, @courtonamission, @shynade_

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Yellow & Pink. Image credit: Jo Bovell, @juliawatson_zarbella, @crazyteapot

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Yellow & Purple. Image credit: @richshawphoto of @Becb_

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Base Colour #5 – Red

What better way to stand out than in a red dress! A favourite combo of mine is red and blue, especially baby blue. Red also looks great with purple accents and maroon.

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Red & Blue. Image credit: @leahelle, @itsannabeldav, @thequeenofhatsbrisbane photo of @style_by_annalucky, Angela Menz @ontrackontrend

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Red & Purple. Image credit: Kelly Hill

How great does red and maroon look together?

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Red & Maroon. Image credit: Sally Martin

Base Colour #6 – Green

Green was quite popular at the track last year and has carried over to this year, so I’m sure it’ll be a big hit this Autumn/ Winter Racing Carnival. Green pairs nicely with pinks, red and blue.

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Green & Pink. Image credit: @lisamarch1, @wendellt photo of Kate Waterhouse, @cnl_designs

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Green & Red. Image credit: @wendellt image of @petramangos, @style_by_annalucky

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Green & Blue. Image credit: Anne Belyaeva, @reg_t, @style_by_annalucky

Base Colour #7 – Purple

This year’s Pantone colour of the year and a great Autumn/ Winter colour as well, purple looks great with lighter shades of purple, reds/pinks, greens and yellow.

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Purple & Light Purple. Image credit: @emma.c.wells, Angela Menz @ontrackontrend, Julia Watson

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Purple & Red. Image credit: @wendellt photo of @ontrackontrend, @crystalkimber

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Purple & Pink. Image credit: @candicedixon1, Cheryn Crossland

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Purple & Green. Image credit: Helen Strong, @airs.and.graces

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Purple & Yellow. Image credit: Rebecca Coombes

Base Colour #8 – Maroon

Maroon is a favourite colour of mine, especially in winter. Pair your maroon with pinks for a stand out feminine combo.

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Maroon and Pink. Image credit: Marnie Monroe, @onlyoneashley_label photo of @leahelle, @style_by_annalucky

Base Colour #9 – Grey

Grey is a lovely and interesting shade to wear. Popular of late, grey looks pretty paired with spring colours like pink and yellow.

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Grey & Pink. Image credit: @alexb1711, @chelseamesa


While all the above colour combinations have been proven at racecourses around Australia, don’t be afraid to try pairing a colour combination of your own! Trying something new and fresh is a great way to stand out and wow the judges.

Unexpected Colour Combinations that Just Work

As I mentioned at the start of this post, I find that most colours can mix together well. You’d be surprised at just how many unusual colour combinations just seem to work!

Below are some examples of some traditionally not-so-popular combinations that look pretty darn cool…

Ever thought about pairing khaki with lime green? Well Anna shows us that it does indeed look very funky and is a great Autumn/Winter colour combo to try.

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Khaki & Lime Green. Image credit: Anna Hilderbrandt

These unexpected colour pops are what makes this dress stand out and gives it a fun, quirky vibe.

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Olive & Hot Pink. Image credit: @wendellt

Have you thought about adding fluro colours with your base colour to make it stand out? Athena does a fantastic job of this and I love her unique style.

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Fluro Fun. Image credit: Athena Lin

I would never have dreamed of pairing red and yellow together, it just screams McDonald’s to me, but it seemed to work when I tried it for the Surf Life Saving Raceday.
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Hopefully this post has given you some colour combination ideas to try at your next race event.

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