In attempting to come up with a title for this post I was genuinely considering:
Don't hold your horses! It's time to stop horsing around, giddy up and head to the races!
So count yourselves lucky with 'Stop horsing around! Get to the races! :P'
Like that commercial that comes on television every spring, the coming of the season equates to the coming of hay fever allergies. :( It simultaneously equates (nice maths analogies eh) to the coming of the Spring Racing Season (which is much, much better) and thanks to some magical pill whose name I can’t quite remember, we can all enjoy this lovely time of the year with an equally lovely day at the races!! And even better, without hay fever. And preferably without maths.
Anyway, before I continue, I have to admit that my only racing experience has been during the Autumn Carnival… but I imagine that spring would be much the same, if not better, due to the better chance of non-rainy, non-windy weather. :D
So yes, it’s spring, and it’s time to go to the races!! This means pretty dresses, pretty shoes, pretty bags and something us normal people don’t really get the chance to wear very often PRETTY HATS!! :) Also, winning money! Last time I won about $11 which hardly covered lunch but oh well, racing season is still a win-win kind of thing.
So let us rewind all the way back to last Saturday, with one of the first big races of the season, The Caulfield Cup which reminded us how much of racing-fun we missed over those dreary winter months.
(Photographs from the Herald Sun)
So I can’t say I’ a massive fan of many of those outfits... Like the suit thing... I’m just going to pray that that’s a passing trend and we will soon go back to seeing Megan Gale looking hysterically amazing in lovely gowns and dresses.
Nevertheless, I’m all super inspired to go to the races, so I suppose it’s time to take a look at the best (as voted by me:P ) outfits the shops have to offer us for the Spring Carnival.
Traditionally, I know it's what you’re supposed to ‘top off’ your outfit with when heading off to the races, so, obviously, its not exactly the first thing one would look for when shopping for racing-appropriate outfits, but for the purpose of today’s post, we’re going to start our racing wardrobe journey with the hat or fascinator.
This year we’ve seen our fair share of disastrous hats; need I remind you of a certain member of the royal family??
Yes, and her cousin/sister/I can’t remember?
In an attempt to void the world of any of these kinds of hats/fascinators, it’s VERY important that you follow these rules:
1) The hat/fascinator must suit your dress.
2) The hat /fascinator must suit your face shape.
3) The hat/fascinator must suit your hair style for the day.
4) The hat/fascinator must NOT be so irregularly shaped that it becomes an occupational health and safety hazard and risks injuring innocent bystanders due to its sheer immensity.
5) The hat/fascinator must NOT resemble an animal, or make the hat/fascinator wearer resemble an animal. EVER.
Pretty straightforward, right?
If you’re planning on being super fancy, you can always head off to a milliner for a custom made hat/fascinator, or you could check out Myer or David Jones for a nice, classy piece. There, you would be able to choose from a much wider range of designers.
With hats/fascinators, you can be safe, or you can be brave. In this case, I would go safe, just because hats can be so hit and miss (hint hint royal wedding) and honestly, I know i'm not a hat expert. But by all means, be brave! I guess this is really one of the only chances you can wear hats and fascinators without looking ridiculously over the top.
These are some hats/fascinators from JessicaBeattie:
These are incredibly nice and I cannot imagine how much effort would go into making each of them!!! It’s also interesting that they’re all black and white, considering the Caulfield Cup day featured a number of coloured hats and fascinators.
But you can go for a much simpler hat like this one from Myer:
I quite like this style, with it being simple yet chic.
Even though they might look a bit silly here, you’ve just to imagine them on a real person wearing a lovely dress amongst the rose bushes at Flemington... It’s not hard really.
And of course, you can always go for an embellished headband if you don’t want to distract from the dress.
Speaking of dresses, it’s about time we got to look them eh? My reasoning for showing you the hats first was so that you would be able to visualize them with the dresses. My photoshopping skills are rather awful, so I’m just going to have to leave it up to your (hopefully) creative imaginations. A lot of the time you can wear a perfectly normal dress to the races, maybe even one you already have in your wardrobe, but the addition of a hat or fascinator, can make it perfect for race day! So please, imaginations everyone!
Now the obvious option is the floral dress, and as it is spring, surprise surprise, the annual influx of floral dresses has blessed our stores.
I want ALL of those dresses. Seriously.
There’s no harm in going neutral or block coloured too. However, the only thing I would suggest you refrain from is wearing any kind of neon/freakishly bright dress. Remember, it’s a classy event. :P My friend and I did see a woman wearing a ridiculously pink satin dress which may have looked very glamorous out at night at a club or something, but looked simply horrendous at the races. OH that reminds me! REMEMBER, THE RACES IS A DAY EVENT!! Which means please make sure your dress and shoes are comfortable and that your dress will look beautiful in the sun. :)
So where were we? Right, neutrals. This is a really ballet inspired nice dress i saw at Sportsgirl:
And a couple others from Bardot:
As for footwear, this season is all about colour blocking so all you need to do is scroll down (not yet) and check out Jesie's multiple posts on the latest trends in heels for 2011. Also, I'm a little lazy.
Now, heres a little reward for all that imagining of dresses and hats and scrolling and what not. Forever New’s Shanghai Rose Collection actually features a lot of racing style outfits WHICH ARE REALLY NICE AND WE CAN ACTUALLY LOOK AT THEM!!! As in, hats and dresses. TOGETHER! I’ll stop talking now. Here we go:
Just to end things, if we haven’t convinced you that the races is a mighty fun kind of thing to brighten up your Saturday, then maybe this David Jones ad will. So many ads… But really, I love all the 2011 DJ’s commercials!!!
So inspiring :P