On the Right Track – Fashions on the Field Spring Racewear

It seems that this year’s Spring race wear trackside will be all about curvaceous lady like silhouettes and pastel shades.

At Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne for the Spring carnival in 2012, including the great Melbourne Cup Day, they are celebrating all the style and glamour of 50 Years of Fashion on the Field.

Pistachio, lemon, baby blue, lilac and pale pink are the colours all dominating, looking as fresh as a daisy.

From Caufield in the south to Cairns in the north of Australia, floral prints, pastels, sorbets and brights will all be on show as all the local fillies strut their stuff.

This year Chanel and Christopher Kane have wowed us with ice blue and alluring aqua and Bottega Venetta and Dion Lee featured luscious lavender with jewelled embelishments or eye-catching tailoring.

Jason Wu, Christian Dior and our own Jayson Brunsdon all showed “Mad Men” inspired looks, channeling the original Dior “New Look” of 1947.

One of our fashion favourite stops at Melbourne, The House of Snowball, have recently been showcasing colour and texture, inspired by the light of an Italian summer, something that I can really relate to having just spent nearly a month there with my hubby.

One of their clients recently wore a stunning all white race outfit that they designed to be presented to the Queen at Royal Ascot as one of the owners of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

Established in Melbourne in 1989 Julie Fleming designs also caters for the race goer, the fabulous bride and the overseas traveller – the rich, the famous and you too!

Her many confections like this straw and butterfly number, created to adorn the fashionable at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day, follow fantastic flights of fantasy.

Local label “Wish” have some gorgeous frocks, perfect for the younger woman, and at a great price point.

Loving their 3 shades of aqua with cut away sleeves, and their fitted pale neon lace over white.

Both would look knock out teamed with nude accessories.

For the 30 plus crowd, try the “Lana” dress in fresco by Raoul, the lovely nude by Chloe’, or the stunning Rolan Mouret in tangerine.

All sophisticated and classic, stunning fabrics and precision cuts.

For the men, a beautifully cut suit, with a tie that compliments your ladies ensemble, is perfect.

Each day has a specific flower for your buttonhole.

The yellow rose for Melbourne Cup Day, a pink rose for Oaks Day and a cornflower for Derby Day.

Add one to your finished look and you will fit in perfectly!

I’m feeling the hat will lean towards a ’60’s pillbox feel with a modern twist, a perfect match for the shapes of the season.

Hemlines will be demure, on or just above the knee. Hair and make up will be clean and fresh with a focus on the lip.

Good grooming is essential for trackside style.

If you want to get ahead of the field here are my top ten tips to consider.

Wear those new heels around the house in a pair of socks. This will help you to stretch them out a little.

Use products like party feet and heel protectors. The former helps relieve pressure on the ball of the foot, the latter will stop your stiletto from sinking into the grass track side.

It is NEVER a good look to remove your shoes and go bare foot. Choose shoes that you can commit to wearing all day!

Have non slip soles applied by your local cobbler. A great cobbler is like gold, my shoes are always in great condition and I have never slipped over on a shiny floor.

A handbag big enough to carry keys, lipstick, mobile, and money is a must. A small travel pack of tissues is indispensable. Great for fixing lipstick, crying over a lost race, and especially when the ladies room has run out of toilet paper.

Every one is your friend then!

The appropriate underwear is non negotiable.

Nude and pastel shades require flesh colour bras and briefs, and a strapless bra is perfect for a halter neck or racerback style. The right underwear is the basis for any look, it will truly make or break it.

Leave the fake tan well alone.

A touch of bronzer is fresh and fabulous, but if your friends ask if your legs are tandoori, navel or valencia, you know you’ve got it wrong! Balance is the key.

If you are petite, a wide brimmed hat will swamp you.

Same goes for a tall, broad shouldered gal, a tiny feather on a fascinator looks wrong. It’s all about scale, form and proportion.

Choose a theme, be it ’50’s glamour, minimalist chic or fun and flirty, and run with it.

Just be careful not to look too costumey.

Racing fashion is about the total look.

Plan ahead and you could find yourself chosen for 2012 Myer Fashions On The Field.

Follow race day fashion etiquette. Melbourne Cup Day anything goes!

The more daring, stylish and colourful the better.

Derby Day calls for black and white for ladies and morning suites for gentlemen.

Oaks Day or Ladies Day, as it is also know, is all about colour, particularly spring pastels (perfectly on trend).

This is THE day for 2012 Myer Fashions On The Field.

Green is a big no no at any race meet, as it is thought to be bad luck!

And Red always looks ‘hot’, whatever the weather.

Last but not least, have fun. That’s what fashion is all about!


Hopefully you will pick a winning outfit and a winning horse to boot!

Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle 2012

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