Back before Jean Shrimpton went to the races in a mini-skirt, with no stockings, gloves or hat, a lady wouldn’t go to the track dressed in such a manner. The rules have changed since the early 60s but you still want to spend the day looking like a lady…and that includes the walk home. So, here are my top 10 tips for Spring Race Wear to help you navigate race day.
- If you have worn or think you might wear you look to a night club – think about wearing something else – nightclub looks are not appropriate for race day.
- Dress/skirt length should sit just above or below the knee. Maxi dresses are okay for Emirates Stakes Day.
- Avoid strapless dresses!
- Plan for changing weather with a matching blazer, light-weight trench or even a bright cardigan.
- No glitter or sequins please. In fact keep the bling to a minimum.
- A bag with a shoulder strap is more functional than a clutch as you are likely to find yourself trying to hold a glass of champagne, canapes and a form guide.
- Millinery is a MUST! But keep it sociable. Headwear that is so big it blocks others views or has pointed feathers that leave all around you in danger of having an eye put out is not the way to make friends.
- Wear your shoes in BEFORE race day and avoid strappy styles. Remember, shoes belong on feet, not slung over your shoulder at the end of race day…no matter how sore your feet are.
- If you are going to be standing all day and then walking to the train station to get home, think about tucking a cute pair of flats into your bag for the walk.
- As trendy as Tangerine Tango and Neon are this year, remember that neither are natural skin tones. If you have to get a fake tan, try to keep it is natural as possible.
And as a bonus tip: Try to keep the drink consumption to no more than one per race. You can alternate water in-between. Unless you want to see your messy self splashed all over the news papers the next day for all the wrong reasons.
Hope you enjoyed my top 10 tips for Spring race wear. Have a good time and enjoy the Spring Racing Carnival!
- Ladies racing hats and fashion, Australia style at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)
- Spring Racing Carnival Campaign (marketsandcommunity.wordpress.com)
- Australian racing fashion profile – Kelly Bannister (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)
- Inspiration Brainstorm: 60′s Style Icon – Jean Shrimpton (velvetlemon.wordpress.com)
- Racing Fashion in Australia – Kirrily Parry Interview (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)
- Australian Racing Fashion – Get to know Penny Holloway (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)