From the runway to spring racing - Trends I'd love to see at the track

Carena West is back this season with her look at runway trends she predicts - or hopes! - will make it trackside.

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Well, it certainly doesn't feel like it today, but yes, Spring most definitely is in the air, and that means that spring racing is just around the corner!

This season I wanted to touch on how fashion week season (New York, Paris, Milan) can show us trends that can be translated into racewear to give your outfit the edge. Whether you compete in fashions in the field, or just want your outfit to look c’est chic, turning to the runway can give you a healthy dose of inspiration.

Below I’ve found some spring and summer racing looks for you direct from the biggest fashion weeks in the world. Just remember - taking inspiration from these divine colour pairings and textures is the key, as sometimes you will need to interpret these trends so that they are appropriate for a race day!


Draw inspiration for new and exciting colour combinations

The flash of tonal feature colour on the left really elevates the Hennessy dress (left) beyond beautiful draping alone.

Pairing pastel pink with a muted mustard (such as on the Johanna Ortiz combo below) draws the eye with its unusual colour pairing. How about those ruffles too! Drool.

Image credit: Moda Operandi

Never underestimate the power of texture

Mixing textures such as on this Prabal Garung dress (left) adds drama and shape. Incorporating a crochet knit can add extra dimension. Just remember to keep it race ready – thick straps or a layered undershirt wouldn’t go amiss on the left, and underwear showing through your racewear is definitely a no no!

Image credit: Moda Operandi

Unexpected colour and print mixes are clever and fresh - there is just something that screams “well put together” when it is done right.

Do your research though!

Some mixes are in, some mixes are out. And ensure that you play with proportion with this one, just a flash of a print mix can be perfect at times.

(Left: Erderm, Right: Carolina Herrera)

Image credit: Moda Operandi

Add some softness

Accents of tulle and organza are very hot right now, and can be used to soften an otherwise uptight outfit, or can be all over for an ethereal effect, a la the Marchesa number on the left.

Top tip: Experiment with different lippy colours when wearing a soft, one colour outfit to give it a bit of oomph.

The Temperley number on the right is just exquisite and is a gorgeous use of texture and print mixing.

Image credit: Moda Operandi

Fringing and wrap look skirts are having a resurgence at the moment (notable skirts include Jacquemus' fringed spot skirt from SS17 on the right).