Kate Middleton just won Fashions on the Field at Flemington four months in advance with her royal christening outfit. She didn't even have to register.
We can all learn something from this elegant, immaculate outfit, aside from the fact that Kate clearly has amazing dry cleaners because she has three kids and can wear all white.
That something is that, when it comes to Spring Carnival time, your new fashion refrain is 'WWKMD'. What would Kate Middleton do?
For starters, Kate Middleton would NOT drink too much Sauv Blanc, take off her shoes and ask a strange man to give her a piggy back ride.
No, Kate Middleton would stay sober for the duration of the event, maybe place a cheeky bet on a horse and somehow remain spotless while chasing after her three children.
When getting dressed for the Melbourne Cup, Kate Middleton would bypass Asos and head straight to Alexander McQueen. You should too. I don't care if you can't afford it. Be better.
Kate Middleton would ignore anything bedazzled (too attention-seeking) or floral (too obvious) and head straight for a cream frock with a slight puff sleeve and an A-line skirt.
Kate Middleton would then pair this with a sensible but chic nude pump.
She'd pull her hair back into a low bun and throw on some heirloom pearl earrings her mother-in-law, aka the Queen of England, probably gifted to her. She thinks. It's hard to keep track of these things.
Kate Middleton would know that headwear is an essential element of a races outfit, so she'd phone up royal milliner Jane Taylor and say: "Hook us up Jane." (NB: That is not a direct quote from Kate Middleton).
Jane Taylor would deliver the goods in the form of a cream topper that's part headband, part halo, part flower garden and part croissant that I'm currently craving.
And voila! There you have your perfect Melbourne Cup look. Comfortable, appropriate and chic as hell. BYO baby.
Kate Middleton at the races:
Everyone else at the races: