THE Tamworth Cup keeps getting bigger and better every year – and its Fashions on the Field has really started to shine in recent years.
Min McDonald, who is in charge of the team judging the fashions, says autumn racewear is all about a much greater level of sophistication than spring fashion.
“The key trend this year is The Great Gatsby – the cloche hats and the drop-waisted dresses,” Ms McDonald said.
Sunday’s eight-race meeting (gates open at 10am) has also received a huge boost in prizemoney, by about $50,000, to $215,000.
Ms McDonald said it was great to see the country women – and men – lifting their game.
“Traditional racing fashion says you must have stockings, a hat and gloves for autumn race meetings,” Ms McDonald said.
“There’s lots of room for interpretation, but, in terms of criteria, if you don’t meet those rules ... you won’t get a look-in.
“Those traditional autumn colours, like grey, black and creams, olive and mustard, are all also in this year as well.”
Vicki Pooley, of Town & Country Boutique, agrees the darker autumn colours are very much in vogue for autumn racing.
She tipped reds, oranges, crimsons and neutrals would be popular, “but black and white are still exceptionally strong”.
“Fascinators are fantastic – fascinators are definitely the new race headpiece to wear,” she said.
But the fascinators for autumn were felt-based – and felt cloche hats were also appropriate.
“Technically speaking, girls should have pantyhose and closed shoes,” Mrs Pooley said.
Just Irresistible co-owner Janet McRae said the “vintage look is really good for autumn – lace is really in this year”.
n See tomorrow’s Leader for an autumn racewear feature and details on how you can enter our Hot 50 competition