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Low-key end to Melbourne Cup Carnival

By AAP Newswire

The sun finally came out for the final and most relaxed day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with fashionistas donning summery linens and lots of white.

But those wanting to catch a glimpse of a celebrity weren't so lucky, with a number of marquees in the invite-only Birdcage closed for Stakes Day and others paring their guest lists back.

The Tabcorp marquee was perhaps the busiest, hosting AFL footballers Grant Birchall, Jack Gunston, Jaeger O'Meara, Lachie Hunter and James Frawley among others.

In the spirit of Family Day, AFL great Billy Brownless was joined by daughters Ruby and Lucy in the marquee.

Lucy, in an on-trend linen off the shoulder dress and headscarf, said she enjoyed the relaxed nature of the final day of the carnival.

"I love Stakes, it's so much more relaxed, it's Family Day and everyone is really just enjoying the sun," she told AAP.

After attending Derby Day and Oaks Day, the model said she was looking forward to giving her feet a rest after the day's festivities.

Over in the Lexus marquee, twin sisters and fashion bloggers Bec and Marissa Karagiorgos were similarly pared back, donning linen seperates and oversized straw hats.

"The fashion today has definitely been more laid back, softer fabrics, less structure, linens and cottons which just drape nicely," Bec told AAP.

But the best fashion moment of the day came from model Lauren Henshaw, in a flowy cotton dress she purchased second hand.

"I wanted to wear something that was achievable for young girls, I know at the races everyone wears things that are so beautiful, lots of designer labels, but it's so expensive," she said.

"I wanted to show girls you don't need to spend a lot of money to feel beautiful."

Away from the exclusive enclosure, youthful trends including jumpsuits, hair ribbons and the colour white were a popular choice.

So was bringing along little ones, with many in the crowd taking up the Victoria Racing Club's offer to bring kids under 12 for free.

Racing royalty Kate Waterhouse also made the day a family affair, bringing her 4-year-old daughter Sophia to the Lexus marquee for her first races.

The little one posed in photos with grandma and horse trainer Gai Waterhouse.