Good for you! You always looked like the type of girl who could win a lot of money on a fast horse to me. Alas. it’s not as simple as popping on a frock and heading out the door. For starters, you’ll need your keys so you can get back in. Also: you will need to look fancy. This is because the races are Very Fancy, which means they are a splendid opportunity for you to
A) Dress up
B) Buy / Wear something fabulous and exciting
C) Write off a new clutch/mani/pedi/blow-dry as ‘essential.’
What follows are some key sartorial looks and trends for the Spring Racing Carnival to help those who have not yet spent a juicy Saturday at Myer trying on luscious options.
* It’s worth noting that as with every season, there are many looks and, yknow, ‘vibes’ to choose from, but whatever you wear, make sure you feel good and look good in it. Crop tops aren’t for everyone, (I would estimate around 18% of females can pull them off) and neither are culottes. You will be in your outfit all day, and star in several billion champagne-fuelled Instagram photos, and how you feel about said outfit will show. Trends aren’t rules, remember, they’re just friendly suggestions. Take and leave what you want. (I personally like to buy beautiful, classic Australian designer pieces that I know I’ll be able to haul out at a couple of wedding and Christmas parties post races. Lazy? Or smart? Who can say.)
a terrific dress
Or a skirt and top of the same style/fabric/vibe. Go for feminine lace, coloured, soft leather (earthy tones keep it more chic and less bikey) and thick crepe or “scuba” material, while frisky pleats, full and pencil skirts, pretty florals, soft pastels, metallics, and structure (as opposed to body-con) are all also bang-on. Dresses that feature crossovers and cutouts are still going strong, but be warned, sasscats! If there is bare skin peeping through or any sign of a midriff, the VRC has instated new rules against this, which can be loosely summed up as, “No thanks, toots.”
something for your head
Don’t be fooled into thinking you MUST wear a fascinator. There are so many other fun options. Wear something that complements your dress and feels ‘you’. (An elegant headband might look better than a walloping great feathered thing with your outfit, anyway.) Go frivolous with cat ears or floral headbands, coquettish with face-covering netting or lace, cheeky with a straw boater, or ride with the on-trend kids by wearing a sculptured headband or headpiece in silver or gold. Wear it at (or towards) the back of the head for extra points.
shoes, bags and jewels
A very simple dress can be ignited with some decorative, jubilant costume jewels (very on-trend, very Lizzy Taylor) and since shoes have not only the power to make your outfit, but ruin your day: choose wisely. A classic nude or black leather strappy heel or pointy pump is foolproof, and the same can pretty much be said for clutches or bags, although if you’re wearing patterns or colour, by all means splash out with an exuberant pop here (or on your lips.)
Whatever you choose to wear, definitely embrace the fanciness of it all. It’s a time of self-expression, playfulness and femininity. Have some fun with it. Dress up. Get down. Put a bet on. Don’t take your shoes off. Enjoy.
Zoe wears Yeojin Bae dress and Gregory Ladner headpiece available at selected stores