There are no rules when it comes to creating your own personal style, but there are definitely a few when it comes to being noticed trackside by a fashions of the field judge. Creating a look that is unique, aspirational and complementary to your personal style will catch the eye of the judges. To help you get it right, here are a few key points to keep in mind.
1. Dress appropriately for the season
Typically, heavy fabrics and felt headpieces should be left to winter carnivals. Embrace the beautiful spring weather by adding pops of bright colour, head pieces made of lighter fabrics and an open-toe or strappy heel.
2. Legs or cleavage, best not both
There’s nothing worse than being self-conscious in what you’re wearing and also having to hitch your dress down every 5 steps you take. An appropriate trackside length of dress or skirt is on the knee or below if you’re showing cleavage. If your neckline is more modest, you can get away with having a slightly higher hemline. The best question to ask yourself, if you’re wondering whether your outfit is appropriate for FOTF is, ‘would I wear this to a wedding?’.
3. Go easy on the tan
Less is always more. #wearenotinEssex
Try: St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil or their Instant Tan wash-off bronzer. Perfect if you're pale and just need a slight glow.
4. Wear a headpiece (a must if you want to place)
There are no rules when it comes to hat vs. headpiece. Don’t be afraid to be creative with whichever you choose, and use it as an opportunity to showcase your individuality. Your hat or headpiece should make a statement and ideally complement your shoes and purse. Team a large drop earring with a headband for the ultimate chic look.
A|M is currently crushing on the following Brisbane labels: Enpointe Collective , By Jimena Alejandra for bold accessories. If you're in the market for a hat or headpiece, Millinery Market have great options to rent or buy.
5. Attention to detail
It’s the little things like remembering to polish your nails as well as flawless hair and make-up that should not be forgotten. If you’re planning to wear sunglasses on the day (remove if you're planning to enter in to Fashions on the Field) have fun with this and buy a pair that match your outfit instead of the ones you wear daily. This will make you feel a little more special and tie the outfit together nicely.
6. Colours of the season
Remember those delicious pastel coloured candy necklaces when you were growing up? (Oh boy, I loved them!) This is the perfect visual to sum up the colour palette for Spring racing 2017. Pastel blues, delicate pinks and pale yellows are the stand outs. If these aren't your colours, or you're afraid of wearing such pale colours, try subtly working them in to your headwear for the on-trend nod of approval.
Finally, the best thing you can do is to have fun with it and enjoy being trackside!