Katies Spring Racing Dresses and DIY hats

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

I haven’t been to the actual spring racing carnival since 1997, when I was living in Melbourne and working in marketing for one of the sponsors.  When your first Melbourne Cup experience involves plush sponsor marquees and the exclusive enclaves of the Birdcage, it’s a little bit hard to squash in with the hoi polloi!

But I still like to celebrate Melbourne Cup every year.  I frock up, wear a hat all day long, study the form guide and place my bets.  I like to lunch with my girlfriends too.

I have one major issue with the timing of the Race that Stops the Nation.  Did anyone think of all the parents?  Hello, the race is at 3pm.  School pickup time.  How rude!  In past years, I’ve been smart and prebooked after school care for Cup Day.  Now that Boyo is terribly grown up, he can get himself home from school.  No need to miss the race, and no school run driving means Champagne is on the menu.

Now, that’s all well and good but I know what you really want to know about is the frockage and the hattage.  Am I right?

Katies have brought out a gorgeous range of spring racing dresses, just perfect for the spring racing carnival.  I’m thinking Christmas party season and date night-worthy too.

I selected three Katies spring racing dresses, and whipped up a little DIY hat action for each.  It took me under $50 and less than an hour to to create four hats, using my glue gun and bits and pieces hunted and gathered from Spotlight and $2 shops.  I was having so much fun, I created another hat from an old headband, a bow and a little bit of mesh.

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

Katies Spring Racing Dresses | Ribbon Tie Waist Dress

The ladylike Ribbon Tie Waist Dress is perfect for Derby Day, which kicks off Melbourne Cup Week.  Traditionally, black and white is worn.

I’ve teamed this dress with gold glitter shoes, belt and clutch, a pair of black crystal earrings, and created a black and white hat.

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

The Ribbon Tie Waist Dress features a V neck and mesh tulle fit and flare silhouette – oh so flattering!  I just adore the retro cute styling of this gorgeous dress, with its nod to 50s glamour.  It’s very Kimba!

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

For my black and white hat, I used a sinamay base, leaf shape cluster and flower, a ribbon covered headband, some white netting and my glue gun. I glued the base onto the headband, then the leaf cluster and finished it with the flower. I threaded the netting in the space between the base and the headband.

I purchased these pieces from Spotlight and it took no skill at all to create – just the ability to use a hot glue gun!


Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

Katies Spring Racing Dresses | Beaded Neck Trapeze Dress

The Beaded Neck Trapeze Dress is available in classic black and the gorgeous rich cobalt blue I’m wearing here.  Melbourne Cup Day is traditionally a day to make a bold statement and wear colour.

I’ve teamed this flattering and oh so fun dress with coordinating nails, a tropical fabric clutch, jewel toned statement earrings and that most flamboyant of feathers, the peacock!

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

This slice of gorgeousness from the Katies Spring Racing Dresses collection is so different from the dresses I usually wear.  I was just drawn to the colour, and the layered design.  The beaded neckline is reminiscent of an Eygptian collar and makes quite the glamour statement.

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

For my peacock hat, I used a spray of peacock feathers, a sinamay base with attached comb, and a sequinned bird motif.  It was a simple matter of holding the pieces on my head to work out the best placement for me.  Armed with my trusty glue gun, I then fixed the pieces on top of each other.

To add another level of glamour, a piece of polkadot netting can be threaded behind the comb to create a veil.


Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

Katies Spring Racing Dresses | Lace Yoke Dress

Ladies Day, or Crown Oaks Day, is the perfect opportunity to unleash a little feminity with lace, flowers, feathers and a ladylike silhouette.

I teamed the Lace Yoke Dress from the Katies Spring Racing Dresses collection with green leopard print heels, a studded resin clutch, statement tortoiseshell earrings and a peach rose, netting and feather hat for a tough pretty look.

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hats

Featuring a tiered silhouette with lace insert and capped sleeves, this dress is oh so flattering.  The little hint of lace is demurely sexy – it is a thing!

This dress is a little different to the usual style I would select, but I really wanted to see how it looked on.  I have to say, it is one of those gorgeous dresses which transforms on the body.  This was the Welshman’s favourite style.

Kimba Likes Katies Spring Racing | Katies Frocks & DIY hatsTo create this prettily girly hat, I simply pinned a fabric rose brooch onto a sinamay base with attached comb and wedged a feather cluster inside the brooch clasp.  Using my glue gun, I glued a few petals in different shapes to disguise the clip.  To complete the hat, I threaded some pretty polkadot net behind the comb.

Kimba LIkes Katies Spring Racing Dresses - check out my DIY hat how tos on the Katies blog

Click here to Shop My Style at Katies, check out the other gorgeous pieces in the Katies Spring Racing Dresses collection, and read more race day ready tips from members of the Katies Collective.

Are you going to be heading to the Spring Racing Carnival this year? Which of the Katies Spring Racing Dresses I’ve selected is your favourite?


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I am a member of the Katies Collective – a fabulous team of bloggers working with Katies on the #rediscoverkaties project.  I think of it as a style mission – every time I convert a previous non believer to Katies, an angel gets their wings!  The dresses were gifted.

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  • Kate Mac // Glamour Mama - 17 October 2014 - 10.59 pm

    love the first black and white dress tres chic! Love the pomp and ceremony of a good dress up brief sch as spring racing! giddy up! x KReplyCancel

  • Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style - 16 October 2014 - 12.56 am

    Lovely hats and fascinators! You look great! I wish we had more of a hat tradition in the U.S. — the only thing really equivalent to your race day looks would be at Kentucky Derby, but that is very much associated with U.S. Southern culture.ReplyCancel

  • Alex - 15 October 2014 - 6.39 pm

    Woah! Those are some seriously gorgeous headpieces!

    Alex – Funky JungleReplyCancel

  • Bec @ Styled by Bec - 15 October 2014 - 3.39 pm

    I would like to attend the races one day. I love all you fashion choices Kimba. I’m a fascinator girl rather than a hat.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Chadwick : Mum's Closet - 15 October 2014 - 11.06 am

    That cobalt blue dress on you is AMAZING!
    Love it all.
    C xReplyCancel

  • Raychael aka Mystery Case - 15 October 2014 - 5.31 am

    Have you darkened your hair colour? I’m really loving the style and you’ve almost convinced me to embrace the curls and cut mine into a more manageable style.

    Not sure what I will be doing for Melbourne Cup this year, hubby will be away at sea so I will be missing my plus one.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 15 October 2014 - 7.09 am

      Nope! It was freshly washed that morning and the colour topped up with my conditioner. My hairdresser adds colour to my hair masque (which I use as conditioner – best thing for fine hair that is also curly!). Such a good idea!

      Embracing curls is definitely the way to go!ReplyCancel

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