Melbourne Cup – the race that stops a nation – is coming up this 7 November. And it doesn't matter if you find yourself trackside or bar-side, there's every excuse to get dressed up in a fancy frock and fascinator. Racing fashion is a little bit in it's own league to regular fashion. It's elegant, it's on point, and it doesn't quite follow conventional fashion rules. Think bright and bubbly for Melbourne Cup (save your monochromes for Derby Day). Getting stuck? Throw on a statement headpiece and you're halfway there. But let's start with the dress...
David Jones is one of the biggest stockists of high-end designers in Australia, including plenty of home-grown and international collections. You can order online and pick up in store or get super-fast delivery, all in time for the Melbourne Cup.
Price range: We found this cute dresses for under $50, all the way up to Zimmermann dresses for $1500
Order by: Monday 6 Nov for Sydney, Friday 3 Nov for express delivery everywhere else
ASOS is one of the largest online shopping websites, with dresses to suit every size and budget. They offer free shipping for Australian customers, and you should always check to see if there's a coupon code available.
Price range: We've seen prices as low as $21, all the way up to $500+ brands like For Love And Lemons.
Order by: ASOS can deliver to metro areas within two business days - BUT - this means two days after dispatch. During busy periods, ASOS may not dispatch your order for 1-4 business days. If you want to be safe, order your express shipped parcel at least 6 business days before Melbourne Cup.
Looking for a race-day dress on a budget? Missguided is the place to go. Missguided is stylish and affordable, with free shipping for all orders. They deliver within 10 working days, or faster with express shipping.
Price range: Missguided is very affordable. Most dresses are between $30-$70 but there are load for under $20 and a few up around $100.
Order by: Express delivery takes 4 working days, so for your dress to arrive the day before Melbourne Cup - order a week in advance.
Known for its fresh, on-trend and girly pieces - you will never be short of dress options at Forever New. With hundreds of feminine styles, this is the place to go for classic, pastel or floral race day outfits.
Price range: Prices are generally between $50-$250 but you'll find many cheaper options in the sale and outlet sections.
Delivery: Next day shipping is available, so you could order on Monday 6 November if you need to.
Young, sassy and girlie, Pretty Little Thing means you never have to compromise on style, even if you've only got 50 bucks to spend. With fresh styles arriving every week, there's always something new to buy.
Price range: Pretty Little Thing has dresses as cheap as $16. There are some more expensive options around $100.
Delivery: Express shipping takes up to 4 working days. You should order by a week in advance.
City Chic has some of the prettiest dresses on the high street. As one of Australia's most loved plus size stores, you'll be able to find the perfect spring racing dress among the fun and feminine designs in store and online.
Price range: The dresses at City Chic range from $100 - $200.
Delivery: Dispatch takes up to 3 business days and delivery takes up to 5 business days so (to be safe) you should be ordering at least 8 business days prior.
Looking for a cute little party dress? Or perhaps you're after some breezy holiday clothes? Maybe you just want to update your wardrobe with some girlie wear-everywhere pieces? Whatever your need, Amaroso Boutique is the answer.
Price range: Prices start at around $25 but they go up to around $100 for the fancier pieces. Amaroso Boutique has Afterpay, so you can pay in instalments instead of upfront.
Delivery: Australian express post takes 1-2 business days and Amaroso offers same day dispatch for orders placed before midday.
Saba is a brand that embodies the lifestyle of the modern Australian woman. It creates transient pieces that serve well within your work wardrobe but can easily be pulled out and transformed into weekend wear. Focusing on tailoring and contemporary silhouettes, Saba is the place for Spring Racing dresses you can wear again.
Price range: The dresses at Saba start at around $150 and go all the way up to around $400.
Delivery: Australian deliveries from Saba can take 3-5 business days. Order at least a week before Melbourne Cup to avoid disappointment.