Keep it simple, silly. If in doubt, put a hat on an easy dress when it comes to no fuss dressing for a day at the races.

There's an art to raceday dressing - the cut of the dress, the correct position of a fascinator, the appropriate accessories. For those attending for the first time or who have a propensity to shun rules, keep it easy in simple sunhats and dresses that aren't overworked, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the day without feeling like a parading peacock. For those attending the many summer events from the Boxing Day races to the Karaka Million in January, several designers have highlighted easy dresses in block brights and languid shapes that are easily dressed up with the addition of a beautifully designed headpiece or a simple hat, artfully positioned. For added comfort, try easy-to-walk-in block heels that won't dig into the grass, elegantly cut drop earrings and a discreet clutch or purse to stash all your winnings in. Keep it simple with our easy and elegant racewear suggestions.

 Balance an easy slip dress with a statement headpiece: Kate Sylvester dress, $699. Natalie Chan headpiece, $650. Swarovski leaf detail bracelet, $449. Photo / Greg Bowker
Balance an easy slip dress with a statement headpiece: Kate Sylvester dress, $699. Natalie Chan headpiece, $650. Swarovski leaf detail bracelet, $449. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dress up summer linens: Twenty-seven Names linen dress $360. The Brim Label hat $150. Deborah Sweeney linen blazer $569. Kate Sylvester heels $589 and sunglasses $349. Natalia Peri glass drop earrings $259. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dress up summer linens: Twenty-seven Names linen dress $360. The Brim Label hat $150. Deborah Sweeney linen blazer $569. Kate Sylvester heels $589 and sunglasses $349. Natalia Peri glass drop earrings $259. Photo / Greg Bowker

Accessories:

Kayu printed clutch, about $573, from Net-a-Porter.

Add some 70s nostalgia with these tinted Givenchy frames, $595, from Sunglass Bar.

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Stay grounded in these Stuart Weitzman block heels, $690, from Runway.

Drop earrings like these Liam drop hoops, give a polished look. $39.

Pin a posy of fresh white flowers to this Helen Kaminski straw hat, $300, from Smith & Caughey's.

Effortless and chic in a Max linen dress, $149.

Photographer:

Greg Bowker

Stylist:

Dan Ahwa

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Hair and makeup:

Katie Melody Rogers using M.A.C Cosmetics

Model:

Moira Murphy from Clyne Models