Place your bets in style.

Next weekend marks the start of Auckland Cup Week - which includes TV3 Derby Day, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day and Diamond Day at Ellerslie, as well as Oaks Night and Auckland Cup Night at Alexandra Park.

Auckland Cup Day and Diamond Day are about keeping it ultra-feminine, which this vintage-feel two-piece and glorious hat combination from New Zealand's own queen of millinery, Natalie Chan, is perfect for. I can't go past these bold floral offerings from Trelise Cooper and Juliette Hogan, which are equally divine. For simple elegance, Kate Sylvester's Birdie Dress ticks all the boxes.

Both these combinations from Camilla and Marc and Country Road are fashion forward options for the traditional monochrome stylings of Derby Day.

And for the night-time glamour of the trots at Alexandra Park, the iridescent sparkle of Ruby's Gin Pleat gown is on-point, as is Charmaine Reveley's Vespa frock.


The Line Up this week is all about having fun with your accessories, including animal print heels from Number One Shoes, a cute-as-a-button mock snake deco clutch from Boohoo and ultra-feminine sunglasses from Witchery.

Finally, headwear - which is as important to racing as the jockeys - so keep it interesting and have fun with it. For me, I have been waiting for an excuse to wear Natalie Chan's fabulous La Fayette Citron.

Get the Look: Racewear Chic

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Jardin de Luxembourg cisc hat $720

Pulling It Together top $160

Annie print shirt $250

All from Natalie Chan

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Kate Sylvester Birdie dress $495

Lolita top $499
Saville Rose skirt $529
Both from Trelise Cooper

Ribbed Split tunic $169
Utility pant $199
Kylie metal hip bag $169
Liana peep toe heel $199
All from Country Road

Assent top RRP $229
Lightbeam skirt RRP $612
Both from Camilla and Marc

Juliette Hogan Ghost dress $689

Gin pleat gown $399
Kazuki heel $299
All from Ruby

Charmaine Reveley Vespa frock $379

The Line Up: Accessory Fun

1. Natalie Chan La Fayette Citron $220
2. Witchery Cleo sunnies $79.90
3. Number One Shoes Faith leather court $89.99
4. Boohoo Liz faux snake box clutch $30