Fascinators and hats are everywhere at the moment, as In Australia, women (and men) are preparing for the Spring Racing Carnivals and in particular the Melbourne Cup. An event known throughout the world and in Melbourne there is even a public holiday to celebrate the event.
I’ve asked Christine Blundell, Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond’s Fashion Editor, to put together some ideas of what we can wear plus some tips on practicalities and etiquette if you are attending the Races or a Melbourne Cup Lunch.
Fashions on the Field – the do’s and don’ts
While I haven’t attended a Horse racing Carnival, here in Australia they are very popular from October through to January, with what we call “The Race that stops a Nation”, The Melbourne Cup held on the first Tuesday in November.
For the majority of women who attend, it’s not the form guide that’s most important, but the Fashion on the fields. Many women spend a large amount of Dollars and hours shopping and searching for just the right outfit which includes hat or fascinator, shoes, bag, jewellery and more importantly the dress.
The fashion trends for 2018 Spring Racing Season are bold florals, ruffles, metallic especially Rose Gold with bags and jewellery.
When planning your day, there are certain practicalities and etiquette to observe:
- A clutch with a shoulder strap is best so that you have hands free to hold drinks, nibbles etc.
- No stilettos as you will more than likely be walking over grass and don’t want heels sinking down into it. Wedge or block heels are great.
- Shoes that are not unbearably uncomfortable as you will be spending many hours in them, a lot of them standing.
- Take weather forecast into consideration when planning your outfit.
- Make sure you put some bandaids in your purse touch up kit.
- Fasten hat or fascinator securely to your head so you don’t end up chasing it if the conditions are blustery.
- It is considered that not exposing too much skin is good etiquette.
- Choose a dress that is not likely to blow up in the wind, revealing more than you would want others to see!
- Wearing clothing similar to Cocktail party or day wedding outfit is recommended.
- In consideration to yourself and those around you limit your alcohol intake. We have all seen footage of embarrassing behaviour due to drinking.
- Hats or fascinators that are too high make it difficult for other patrons to see over you if watching the racing and awkward for you getting in and out of cars etc.
In Melbourne there are two specially designated days that call for specific dress guidelines and they are :
Derby Day where the dress code is Black and White
Crown Oaks Day where feminine and elegant dress is appropriate.
Fashion doesn’t have to break the bank
Budge Buy Dresses
If you already have shoes you love that are appropriate, you can change up the look with shoe clips available from lovisa.com
Change the look and colours in a hat or fascinator you already own by purchasing different coloured flowers and sewing them on.
By following the guidelines above you will be sure to enjoy your day. Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #sizzlingtowardssixty
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