Such an exciting week this week! I was so thrilled to be able to announce that I am the ATC 2019 Autumn Racing ambassador. As Sydney racing has such a special place in my heart I’m particularly excited to be taking on this role. Plus as a bonus I was able to have Sophia and Grace join in on all the activity which is always great when you’re a working mum and are able to combine work and family.
Autumn racing is upon us and it’s definitely a great one to dress for. Whilst spring racing generally takes centre stage, I do love being able to play with lots of textures and layers during this time of year on the racing calendar. I’ve received a few questions from readers asking what to wear to autumn racing events so to help guide you, these are some of my golden rules for nailing your look.
Keep it simple
This rule applies no matter the time of year—always remember that any event at the races isn’t an evening event so it’s best to go for looks that err on the side of conservative. If you were meeting your grandmother for lunch, what would you wear? It’s best to keep things like minis, sequins and other clothes you’d wear to a nightclub at home.
Remember your headwear
Headwear is always a must for any racing event but for autumn it’s important to leave any straw hats at home and instead opt for a felt number. If you’re not a hat person there are so many other options available now that you’re definitely going to be spoilt for choice. Think headbands to headpieces with artistic shapes and textures and metallic works of art.
Dress for the weather
It’s time for your open toed stilettos to go into hibernation and replace them with a pair of elegant pumps. If the weather is looking to be cool or wet, then it’s important to bring a jacket with you to stay warm, just be sure to bring the right style. Leave anything bulky at home and instead go for a blazer, a cape or an elegant trench.
Go for less is more beauty
Beauty looks at the races should be elegant and simple. The key is not to look overdone. Keep your base fresh, and add a simple slick of black eyeliner or bold lip. Also when it comes to hair you don’t need to look like you spent hours at the hairdresser. A great blow dry, natural waves or a sleek bun will do the trick and save you hours of getting ready time.
Sometimes I just feel like embracing my girly side and this outfit was the perfect opportunity to do it. During a recent reporting gig for 7 Racing on day two of The Championships in Sydney I wanted to wear something striking. What better colour to do that than hot pink? This polka dot Off White dress managed to take such a classic style and steer it in a slighly more playful direction with the asymmetric handkerchief hem and bow tie cuffs. The pin tuck detail also add some depth to the top of the dress.
I wanted to keep the same colour theme going so this Nerida Winter turban seemed the ideal headpiece. I can’t get enough of turbans (I’ve worn variations of them to Melbourne Cup) as headwear for the races. There’s just something quite different about them and is a great alternative to the usual silhouettes you see. Also when the colour matched my dress so perfectly how could I resist?
Pink is one of those colours that can work well with different hues (black and white come to mind) but I can’t resist teaming it with a metallic. My gold Gucci heels helped provide a contrasting colour without it looking overwhelming. Given the strong colour of the dress it was important for me to allow it to be the focal point but still pair it with accessories that could hold their own.
Credits: Dress, Off White; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Heels, Gucci
I’ve had a few autumn carnival events of late and it has reminded me how much I love dressing for them. The fashion surrounding autumn racing is about embracing rich tones, great textures, a touch of layering and of course, looking polished. While there are some general rules to remember such as wearing felt rather than straw headpieces (these are reserved for spring/summer) and keeping looks conservative that doesn’t mean that there’s no room to experiment. There are some great trends to try this autumn racing season that will ensure you look your best trackside.
Bubblegum pinks and powerful reds are worth considering as they definitely ensure that your look stands out in a crowd. It’s definitely the time to embrace rich hues.
As always, you can never go wrong with statement accessories. Colourful prints and graphic patterns are both guaranteed to elevate any look. But don’t underestimate the appeal of a simple, elegant accessory such as a black bag with gilded accents. There’s always room for classic pieces.
When you’re styling a racing look don’t forget about your jewellery, especially when it comes to earrings. Whether it’s a stud, hoop or drop style, think of it as the icing on the cake that will ultimately finish your ensemble.
Satin, tweed, lace… adding some depth to a look with textured elements can really give it a luxe feel. Also it adds a layer of interest and really makes an outfit stand out.
Headwear at the races is non-negotiable. If you’re not a fan of felt hats however there are plenty of other options available. Headbands are huge. It all comes down to the embellishments this season whether it’s glamorous pearls, a fun bow or feminine florals.
Autumn racing is here and if you’re still looking for headwear to really make your outfit pop then look no further. From classic styles to whimsical pieces, here are some of my favourite headpieces this season that are sure to make your raceday outfit a winning look…