So you are off to the races! What does that all mean with regards to what to wear?
Well, going to the races in Melbourne at Spring time wasn’t always about fashion.
Fashions on the Field were initiated in 1962 with the objective to attract more women to the races. The idea was to find the smartest dressed women at the carnival within economic restraints. Women who entered were enticed with a prize pool of goods and cash to the value of 7000 pounds, which back then was a lot of money.
Outfits were divided into those costing 30 pounds and under, 50 pounds and over and then there was a category for the most elegant hat.
The whole magic of the occasion soon took hold and this year Myer celebrates 50 years of Fashions on the Field. It is the largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event, mostly now for fashion houses to display their latest designs, and for men and women to express their passion for flair and fashion.
Having dressed many women to attend the carnival, either as a member, or guest, the question is always how to dress for the occasion. There are traditions that need to be followed, for example, Derby day is strictly black and white, and Cup day is anything goes with style and colour, and Oaks day is ladies day, more colourful and playful for the ladies.
How you dress needs careful attention, remaining elegant and comfortable all day so that you still look classy at the end is an objective every woman should strive for, there’s nothing more ugly than a disheveled woman carrying her shoes and fascinator out through the gate after the last race. So, here’s a few tips to keep you looking on the right side of racing fashion elegance:
Dress for your shape and colourings
Your outfit isn’t about how expensive it is or what label it has on it. What’s important is that it fits you well, compliments your body shape and personal colourings, and meets with the type of occasion/area you are attending. This means no skimpy cocktail dresses, racewear is distinctly stylish and not the same as what you might wear to a nightclub.
Accessorize-What you need also in your handbag!
Accessorize well, choose comfortable shoes that will carry you over uneven surfaces with ease, employ a good size bag that will carry everything you need, including spare pair of hosiery, lipstick, powder, bandaids, small hairspray, coin purse, alcohol wipes for stain spotting, and panadol. You might even need a stylish umbrella, and gloves, and don’t forget that Melbourne can bring on 4 seasons in a day, so be prepared for weather extremes.
Choose your hat to compliment your face shape and also body shape. Not everyone can wear hats with height or width, and how much colour and detail depends on what is going on with your outfit too. Make sure that it will sit well, and wont move throughout the day.
Demonstrate your style personality
Dare to be different. Spring Racing is the time to have fun, and there is so much colour and style to choose from this year. Try colour blocking, some lace trim, a bit of vintage, bold patterns, if it meets with your personality outside of the norm, then as long as it suits you, run with it.
Grooming is everything
Consider grooming a must. Nails, feet, hair groomed to fit with the style of hat you are wearing, makeup, and if you are considering a spray tan, then make sure it is not going to send your skin a lovely shade of orange.
Mind your reputation.
Eat and drink to keep your energy levels up and I don’t mean continuous glasses of bubbles. Water, and lots of it will keep you ‘nice’ for the whole day and in check of your reputation and glamorous self.
If you need some personal tips for your Spring Racing outfit, contact me at email@example.com