Peter Pilotto dress, Lady of Leisure Milinery | Roland Mouret dress, Lady of Leisure Milinery |
Chanel Wallet on Chain | Prada heels
I’ll begin this post by declaring my love of any opportunity to dress up for an occasion.
The Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing in Melbourne, a time of year when the streets and courses are laden with elegantly dressed ladies and dapper gents.
It is this occasion; I felt it obligatory to share with you my guide to staying fabulously sophisticated this race season.
STEP 1 : DRESS THE PART
This is the time of year to go all out with your wardrobe selections – the opportunity to feature that one-wear statement dress. You know that dress that you fell in love with at first sight, but would never buy because it isn’t a practical wardrobe addition.
When it comes to your race wardrobe - BE BRAVE, BE BOLD.
STEP 2 : MARVELLOUS MILLINERY MAKETH THE (WO)MAN
Millinery, more than just an accessory when it comes to the races, and equally as important a decision as your fashion selections. The opportunity to express your own individual sense of style and attitude.
I love to accentuate and exaggerate the details of an outfit with my millinery selections. For example, if my outfit is all about a print, I love to feature complimentary colours in my headwear.
Likewise if my outfit is all about bold colour, I opt for contrasting bold colours with my millinery.
The right accessories will make or break your time at the races.
You’ll be on your feet most of the day, so it’s important to nurture what will be propping you up all day - party feet are always a must.
When it comes to your shoe of choice – I’d avoid wearing a pair of shoes that are straight out of the box.
If you have purchased new shoes for the races (never a bad excuse for new shoes in my book), wear them around the house for as long as possible before you hit the racecourse – your feet will thank you!
Your bag selection is equally as important. MY TIP – opt for a clutch or purse that has a shoulder strap.
This will ensure that your bag is attached to you all day (no risk of leaving it behind somewhere), and will also free up your hands for that glass of something special, or that selfie with your girlfriends.
The races are a great opportunity to celebrate, and naturally the beverage selection will be plentiful. A cocktail of CHAMBORD AND CHAMPAGNE
is my race-day drink of choice.
It is on this note that I emphasise the importance of decorum at the races. Drink, have fun, but remember the importance of staying hydrated. This will ensure that your race-day fun is prolonged and you’ll remain as fresh as a daisy for the after party and the after, after party to follow.
Spring Racing is the perfect excuse to dress up, defy expectations and celebrate in style.
WHAT ARE YOUR SPRING RACING TIPS/TRICKS?