The final two key events of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival are drawing close. 


We've talked race day etiquette, classic autumn racing styling, dress codes, and now we want to look at how to raise the hemline yet still present as a women of class.  


We've turned again to the perennially stylish Fiona Edwards Bassingthwaighte of to show us how it's done.  


Let's get trackside...


Fiona Edwards Bassingthwaighte Talulah Mini Dress Autumn Racing


This fun and flirty mini dress is the ultimate race day style that demands you have nothing but fun at the races! I think you’d definitely pick a winner in this one. The print is an easy colour combination easy to wear and it has a gorgeous ruffle sleeve detail and beaded trim. Keeping it clean and simple in a smart black headpiece and some print clashing heels for fun ~ Fiona


Dressing for Autumn Races it's o.k to wear a mini dress


Headpiece by Morgan & Taylor


Clashing prints for the Autumn Races done with a mini dress and simple shoe

 Heels stylists own. 

How to wear a mini dress to the horse races


At the very core of racing culture is a strong tradition of well-tailored dresses that cut just below the knee, and in particular a sleeve for the Autumn calendar. However, fun and formality at such events go hand in hand, and depending on the enclosure that you intend to frequent you can use your judgement when it comes to raising the hemline. Dressing to flatter your form, and choosing colours and patterns that accentuate your natural colouring, should be at the center of your decision making process. Fiona demonstrates here that it's totally possible to present with an air of dignity when choosing a long-sleeve mini for the races; so if mini's are your style, then as we've been saying in our Power of Femininity Campaign - be true, be you.


The In The Mix Mini Dress - styled for Autumn Races by Fiona Edwards Bassingthwaighte