This is the first in a series of columns by Min McDonald in the lead-up to one of the city’s fashion events of the year – the Tamworth Jockey Club Melbourne Cup Day meeting.
Whether you are a racing aficionado, a social racer, or this is your first time headed to the track, people from all walks of life will be gathered for the exhilarating racing, fine hospitality, and stunning fashions at the Tamworth Jockey Club’s 2013 Melbourne Cup Day celebrations.
There is a vibrant culture that surrounds horseracing, and the horses themselves are only one part of a full racing carnival. Along with the food, fun and fresh air, there is the excitement of the betting ring, and of course, the 2013 Perfect Pieces Jewellery Fashions on the Field.
Fashions on the Field was initiated in 1962 and originally designed to attract more women to the races. The concept was to find the most elegantly dressed women at the carnival, and it wasn’t long before the magic of the occasion took hold.
Today, Fashions on the Field is the largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event, allowing an opportunity for both men and women to express their passion for flair and fashion.
Racing fashion is a vital aspect of horseracing culture, and the traditions guide both ladies and gents on what to wear on race day, rewarding them with fantastic prizes from local businesses. In 2013, the Perfect Pieces Jewellery Fashions on the Field at the Tamworth Jockey Club will offer four categories, including Classic Ladies, Classic Mens, Classic Couples and a new category, Young and Fresh, aimed at 18-30-year-olds. With more than $3500 in prizes up for grabs, it’s the perfect opportunity to show your style.
The dress code for racing is formal daywear so think elegant and stylish. This season offers some dramatic silhouettes and creative prints, so there’s opportunity to experiment within the boundaries of appropriate dress. Remember strapless, sequins and mini-skirts are great for the night club dance floor, but they simply don’t belong
Black and monochrome are great for Derby Day, but the Cup is all about colour, so whether it’s brights, pastels or a hint of neon, it’s time to get creative!
Talk to the team at Just Irresistible about this season’s dresses, and think about using complementary or contrasting colours to create a striking ensemble.
Grooming is everything, and from head to toes, there should not be a streak, spot, chip or stain to be seen! If you are a spray tan addict, see the girls at Ella Bache to ensure you won’t be orange on the day. The team at Jess and James can also advise on the seasonal trends in hair, and sort you out with a new ombre colour, or an up-do for cup day.
Headwear and racing go together like ice cream and caramel fudge sauce, and racing tradition demands that a headpiece be worn at all times. For spring, make sure yours is straw (rather than felt) and complements your outfit.
While men’s fashion does not always receive the same kudos, there are plenty of opportunities for the boys to “push the boundaries”.
Finally, remember your Ps-and-Qs, and always think ahead. If you know those gorgeous heels will be hurting by
4 o’clock, make sure you have a pair of ballet flats in your clutch. Make sure you “knit one, purl one” with your bubbly and water, and you’ll be just as classy leaving the track as you were when you arrived!