It’s a race of flowers

By Laura Timberlake

Every major race day in the Spring Racing Carnival has a specific flower dedicated to it.

These serve as an official emblem, a symbol of celebration and (for the dedicated punters) a symbol of luck.

To create a twist to your race day outfit, why not consider incorporating one of the symbolic flowers?
These are the flowers for the appropriate days:

  • White Freesia – Turnbull Stakes;
  • Lavender – Caulfield Guineas Day;
  • Dutch Blue Iris – Catanachs Jewellers Blue Sapphire Race Day;
  • White Rose – Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup;
  • Cecil Brunner Rose – Cox Plate Day;
  • Cornflower – AAMI Victoria Derby Day;
  • Yellow Rose – Emirates Melbourne Cup Day;
  • Pink Rose – Crown Oaks Day; and
  • Red Rose – Emirates Stakes Day.
  • Leucadendron (Safari Sunset) – Spring Carnival in the Country

Men traditionally wear the flowers as buttonholes on the day, but fortunately the ladies can have a lot more fun with them!

It’s advisable to use a florist for any floral pieces, because garden flowers can end up drooping. (And if you’re entering any fashion on the fields competitions, that’s the last thing you need!)

A florist can also deliver to your doorstep, taking some of the hassle out of the race day frenzy.

Popular options to consider:

  • A floral fascinator ;
  • A floral bracelet or wrist corsage;
  • Colour co-ordinate your race-day with the symbolic flower;
  • Decorate a hat with the race-day flower; and
  • Consider a single flower or a cluster through your hair.

The flower theme doesn’t have to stop at attending the races, either. Are you planning on a barbecue with friends to watch the race? Or maybe a night out at the pub with your mates? You can still have a flower theme!

The beauty of it is that it’s really up to you. Some people choose to plan their outfit from the shoes up (or vice versa) – but if you plan around a specific flower, half the decisions are made!

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