With Melbourne Cup just around the corner, it’s time to start forward planning for 4 November and we’ve found some stylish looks that won’t break the budget.

If you are frocking up with the fillies this year but don’t want to spend a fortune, there’s no need for your bank account to take a beating!

The Fortitude Valley Lifeline store is stocked with a range of cocktail dresses, fascinators, hats and heels to get you looking chic for a lot less. With shoes priced from $10 to $35, dresses from $20 to $35 and hats from $10 to $35 you could easily be fit for fashions on the field for just $50!

Here are some race-day recommendations to get you across the finish line in style…

  • Hats are the headpiece of choice this year…not just for glamour, they’ll also keep you sun-safe during the last month of spring.
  • Wedges or platforms are a shoe-in, unless you want to have that sinking feeling…
  • Stick to neutral tones such as black, white, cream or beige and add pizzazz with statement accessories and a bright lip colour.
  • Handbag essentials should include loose finish face powder to keep the shine to a minimum, bobby pins to keep the fly-aways under control, Party Feet gel pads so you’re not tempted to kick your heels off on the journey home and of course lipstick!

Click through the gallery to see Melbourne Cup looks for less.

Models: Aneela Swanson, Cashmere, 29 and Izzie Angus, Spring Hill, 19
Make up: Stacey Fay Brook – Bow Beauty
Hair: Lisa from Pastel Pigment Hair & Makeup Studio
Photographer and Stylist: Hannah Klose Never Ever Pay Retail
Location: Oceanview Road, Oceanview
Horses: Zorro and Anna