As we count down to the race that stops the nation, Myer’s Fashions on the Field Ambassador shares her top tips!
As the tracks are being prepared and the horses are being put through their paces, women across Australia are also hard at work putting together their race day outfit.
If you’re worried about what to wear to the big event, Myer’s Fashions on the Field Ambassador, Alison Saville, shares some tips with SheKnows and reminds us that racing fashion is all about having fun and keeping it classy — and Ms Saville would know as her family are part-owners of world champion race horse, Black Caviar. She has attended all of the mare’s 22 victories including this year’s Royal Ascot triumph.
The classic look
It seems you can’t put a foot wrong if you go for the lady-like look. Ms Saville says women should go for “elegant and classic dressing, while not being too over the top or exposing too much flesh”.
“The key is to have fun with your look and part of the excitment is playing with different hats or fascinators,” Ms Saville said. “This year the pillbox hat is going to be big. I’ve heard of a lot of women going for that kind of style.”
In regards to the big no-nos?
“Personally, I think a dress or skirt with a hemline no more than 4 inches above the knees is a great length,” said Ms Saville.
“From my experience I would also say you should go for comfort over something that looks good when you first put it on, and then two hours later you’re pulling at it.
“I’ve worn a strapless dress before and was pulling it up all day and got sunburnt. So, I would say you should try to protect your shoulders with straps,” encourages Ms Saville.
What’s the big-ticket trend sure to be spotted at the race track? Look no further than the fanciful peplum flare.
“The peplum is very femenine and suits a lot of body shapes,” enthuses Ms Saville. “There are great variations and styles — it really is the dress that suits a lot of women.”
The racing fashion expert is also placing her bets on seeing lots of bright colours and neons.
“Yellow is my favourite colour and I’m really glad it’s in season,” said Ms Saville.
If you’re lucky enough to be attending a marquee or members’ area at the racecourse, pay extra attention to any dress codes.
The Victoria Racing Club has special dress regulations for members, including suits and ties for men and a request that women “maintain a suitable standard in keeping with the dignity of the Members Enclosure”.
Make sure you check the guidelines in relation to the race day or turf club where you will be attending the event.