The Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival is coming. Ladies, this is not a drill. The thunderous hooves of the thoroughbreds and soft fizz of a champagne tower require a certain dress code that only race day attire can do justice. So we have pulled together some tips for you to consider when piecing together your outfit:
Don’t be afraid to go bold. Make like Winx – go hard, or go home. If there has ever been an opportunity to be a little extra, this is it. In fact, the more out there your outfit, the higher your chances of winning our coveted best dressed prizes.
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Exploring eye-catching prints and statement accessories will pay off. Take inspiration from your Insta Idols who attended Melbourneʼs Spring Racing Carnival, an event renowned for setting fashion trends and pushing the boundaries.
Image: Britt Davis in Talulah (available at Yeltuor)
If bright and structured isn’t your thing, embrace the summer weather and don more relaxed silhouettes and colour palettes in the form of floaty dresses and silky pant suits. Meg Aldous, owner of Hobart boutique, Wanderlust, stocks well known brands, the likes of Spell and The Gypsies. She comments, “This year we are seeing a nod to ultra feminine styles - lots of lace, ruffles and florals and pops of colour like fuchsia pink and emerald green.
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Get your man decked out and go for a little extra bang for your buck at the Boxing Day sales at the Icon building. Scotch and Soda offer a range of dapper options for gents, incorporating prints and patterns into their classically cut shirts and blazers, aligning with this season’s trends.
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A noticeable shift in headwear trends for women moves fashions away from the traditional fascinator and embraces more wearable pieces like turban style headbands and silk head scarves. Hats are officially back in Vogue, with popular styles including the boater and the more dominating wide-brimmed styles. Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (this look has been seen this season on the likes of Australian Race Day Royalty Jennifer Hawkins, Elyse Knowles and style icon Elle MacPherson).
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6.Once you find your ‘heroʼ piece, slowly build your look by teaming matching accessories. Race Day Fashion demands a certain attention to detail that takes the art of coordination to elite heights; it’s daytime, so you can see everything. We recommend leaving yourself plenty of time to achieve your dream look. As they say “Failing to plan is planning to fail”. For a reliable one stop shop pop into Yeltuor, located in both Hobart and Launceston. This store caters for all looks and are home to iconic Aussie labels like Bec and Bridge, Sass & Bide and Luxe Deluxe. Another favourite is renowned Hobart Boutique Luxe which is home to popular brands Viktoria and Woods and Primness.
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On a more practical note, proper preparation for a day at the track is key. Keep and eye on the forecast and dress appropriately. Be sun smart, stay hydrated and bring a few Band Aids in your clutch for emergencies… you’ll thank us later.