Through gnarly winds, drizzles of rain and sporadic segments of sunshine, race-goers embraced colour and a touch of laid-back flair for the fourth and final day of Melbourne's 2016 Spring Racing Carnival.

Dubbed "Family Day", Stakes Day drew an all-ages crowd and offered a more relaxed environment than Derby Day, Cup Day and Oaks Day.

While Bird Cage regulars celebrated their final day of 10-hour stints in six-inch heels, excited toddlers in ties ran around Flemington.

Our photographer, Lucy Donaldson, hit the field to snap the day's fashion as Melbourne bid farewell to spring racing for another year.