Race Day Fashion

It's that time of year again when the weather warms up, daffodils bloom, and thoughts turn to the Spring racing carnivals. The race that stops the nation is only nine weeks away, so now is the perfect time to start planning your Melbourne Cup Day fashion.

Fashion on the Fields Being Interviewed

Image Attribution: By Chris Phutully from Australia (2013 Myer Fashions on the Field) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What to wear

The Spring Racing Carnival, and especially The Melbourne Cup, provides the perfect opportunity to show off your elegance and femininity, and your race day attire allows you to really showcase your creativity in Fashion on the Fields. The Melbourne Cup is a classy event with a strict dress code (no bare midriffs, no shorts or pants etc.), so keep your attire sophisticated by wearing an elegant dress and choosing which area to bare: balance a knee-length hemline with sleeves, and choose a longer hem if your top is low-cut. Remember, racing carnivals are daytime events so leave the nightclub wear in the wardrobe and opt for classy prints (florals are ideal for springtime!) and elegant styling. You'll be spending a lot of time on your feet so invest in quality shoes and wear them around the house regularly before the big day - you want them to be comfortable enough to glide in elegantly! And if you plan on 'stomping the divots' don't forget to purchase some slide-on heel blocks so you don't sink in the turf!

Note: removing your shoes because your feet hurt can be a big fashion no-no, so if high heels aren't usually your thing opt for kitten heels instead and gel inserts.

How to Accessorise

Your accessories are the finishing touch that can make or break your carefully planned race day attire. Get it right and you'll sparkle, get it wrong and you'll join the non-starters!