Race Season – What to Wear

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Well rest easy, because dressing for the races is all about your opportunity to reflect your personality – wearing what you’ve always wanted to wear but haven’t had the opportunity to. So go ahead and enjoy embracing your ‘uber’ style personality! Here are some tips to help you put together your perfect Race Day Outfit.

Colour trends
For the 2011 racing season are warm colours like burnt and bright orange, brown, black and navy, with neutrals like cream, camel and mustard yellows, as well as iridescent fruit cocktail brights like lemon, blueberry, lime, tangerine and raspberry. Try mixing colours and textures, like pink with green or blue with red for a bold statement, or mix pattern like stripes with floral.

What to wear
Floaty romantic maxis or knee length dresses work well for race day, in sheer or soft fabrics, and suits will be popular this season. For a fashion forward look, the ‘70s ‘flare’ pants are back!

When wearing a suit, team a high waisted pant with a sheer or soft tailored or ruffle shirt, with a large flower behind the ear and soft curls for a feminine ‘70s feel.

For guys, wear a cotton blend suit in a neutral tone like beige or camel with a crisp white shirt and dark brown loafers. For an edgy twist, wear with a bright, block colour tie.

Accessorising
Balance is key. Wear a broad brim hat with a floaty maxi dress with minimal jewellery – dangle earrings or a statement necklace with a smaller fascinator, flower behind the ear or headpiece. Top hats and caps look great with a pant suit; wear with a sheer shirt to keep the look feminine. Or wear a top hat with glitzy embellished dress for super luxe; wear with gloves and a fur for a vintage feel.

Wear what’s flattering
Trends are guides, and we shouldn’t be slaves to them. Wear what is flattering on your body shape and complexion, and be true to yourself. If you can carry it off with confidence and you feel good, then go for it.

My style tips
Big bust: wear a V or scoop neck dress in a soft fabric all in one colour; wearing large patterns will draw attention to that area.

Large butt: wear high waisted pants with a boot cut or flare bottom with a bright coloured or patterned top, or a long A-line dress.

Tall: wear a patterned dress with volume like ruffles or pleating that cinches in at the waist.

Petite: wear the one colour from head to toe, with vertical lines, to give the illusion of length. Black and white stripe with a floral headpiece would work well.

Fashions on the field
If you’re considering entering in Fashions on the Field, push the boundaries to be noticed. Quality accessories teamed with a flattering outfit  will see you going through to the finals. The judges will be looking for appropriate ensembles, with uniqueness. So be creative and co-ordinate your outfit to stand out from the crowd. Note: When using colour, don’t wear more than three different block colours or patterns at once, and keep your dress at knee or just above knee length.

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