Last night, Grazia Fashion Editor Monique Santos and I hosted the Portmans X Grazia Racing workshop.
To a busy crowd in the Pitt Street mall store we covered the spring racing trends and outlined the etiquette and required dress codes for each racing day.
The models displayed 12 outfits curated by Grazia and one that I styled for the evening which we talked through. I went for something a little different than my usual style. With my love of 1950's and 60's films I just couldn't get past the lace dress with a nipped in waist and beautiful sheer top. It was very reminiscent of something Tippy Hendren or Grace Kelly might have worn. However to keep it current I opted for Anna to wear a modern messy ponytail and a collection of bangles on one arm and an understated rafia and feather fascinator all in the same colour story. (A bright red lip would look great with this too). An ideal outfit for Oaks Day.
Some basics for race day.
MELBOURNE CUP: It's all about colour. Go bold and bright. It's the 'race that stops the nation' so you should be dressing like you're celebrating.
DERBY DAY: Is the most formal of days. Black and white are the traditional colours to be worn.
OAKS DAY: Ladies day - florals, lace, prints, colour, bold or brights. Go fabulous and wear whatever your inner woman wants to.
Going to the races is a sophisticated affair so you need to dress like it.
**Don't show too much leg or cleavage - Leave the flashy, sparkly dresses behind
**Don't drink too much. Make sure you top up on water throughout the day.
**Wear comfortable heels that you have worn before cup day. Standing for long periods can sometimes be painful in new shoes.
**Have a punt and get involved
**Have a ball!!