Put a Hat on Your Head and Get Noticed Introduction
… put a hat on your head and you’ll get noticed … in just a few words Tziporah from Advanced Style Documentary summed up the importance of fashion accessories in a woman’s wardrobe. And on occasions like the spring racing carnival, the importance of fashion accessories assumes mega proportions.
After all, what is race wear without head gear? Who can forget Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, hiding her flower girl persona at the races at Ascot under a wide brimmed hat? Hats in all shapes and sizes, wide brimmed, fedoras, triibys, fascinators and top hats have been a part of the race wear tradition since the 19th Century. However, the trend setters among us have always dared to think differently and redefine tradition. From Paul Poiret to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, men and women have worn turbans with aplomb. Why not tie your favourite scarf as a turban or a bandanna? A crochet snood, a flapper headband or a sequined cap can be alternatives to the traditional fascinators. More versatile than the hattinators and the fascinators, the head scarfs, snoods and beret can be used later at pre Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties or at bar be ques by the beach.
Clutch Bag Options
A racewear frock needs a racewear headgear and a racewear clutch bag. The boxy clutch is trending at the moment. Fashioned out of chain mail, hand beaded embellished with rhinestones, the variety is endless. Opt for a classic Gatsby clutch or add a hint of ethno chic with a brocade bag with danglers. A classic clutch bag does not have side slings, hence the name clutch. Side slings are a recent modification to classic clutch bags. They make room for fluid movement and keep your hands free for the mint juleps and the canapés.
Racing footwear should be sensible footwear. Stilettos look cool but do not feel cool, especially when stuck in the grass. Worse still, they can result in painful injuries. Smart wedges in patent leather are a wise choice and save you the embarrassment of walking bare feet at the end of the day.
The trick to getting it right is about giving your outfit one central focus. It is wise to accessorise a flamboyant frock with muted accessories. A bejeweled clutch should be offset by minimal jewelry. A statement hat should be worn with an understated dress.
Follow Deidaa’s ‘Frocks and Fillies’ series for an event by event breakdown of fashion tips for the racing season.
deidaa reviews melbourne spring racing festival
What a grand spectacle! The roses were in full bloom, the frocks were a feast for the eyes and the fillies were faster than lightning. That was Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2015. It was a riot of colour, tangerine, cobalt blue, marsala, fluorescent yellow, hot pink, vivid red and coral. Floral prints vied with the spectacular roses of Flemington Race Course for attention. Slim ‘6os shift dresses, lace sheaths or tiny off shoulder numbers were everywhere. Shoulder barred or spaghetti strap maxi dresses reinforced the spring summer theme. Headwear ranged from bold fascinators to floral wreaths. Turbans, hair jewelry and tiaras were cheek by jowl with fedoras and wide brimmed sun hats. Clutch bags with side slings were popular because of their obvious convenience.
The six top fashion trends that emerged from Melbourne Spring Racing Festival were:
Lace in racewear:
Lace and mesh took the centre stage this Melbourne Cup carnival. Lace sloppy joes teamed up with palazzo pants. Lace tie up tops were worn with gently flared skirts. Lace sheath dresses and maxi dresses dared to bare. Mesh overskirts and pouffy ‘50s dresses reinforced the lace theme
This cup season was about colour. Tangerines, hot pinks and corals, cobalt blues and teal dresses stole the thunder from the blooms at Flemington Race Course.
Horizontal striped dresses in fluro colours made a statement. Cobalt blue appeared to be a popular choice for menswear
Off shoulder racewear:
Off shoulder or shoulder barred dresses were popular. Jennifer Hawkins made a spectacular entry in a fluoro yellow shoulder barred dress complemented by stark black accessories.
Statement head pieces as racewear:
Traditional fascinators faced stiff competition from wide brimmed sun hats and bowler hats. A few avant garde shapes were spotted, as were fedoras, pixie hats, miniscule pearl numbers and spiked tiaras. Fresh flowers in headwear epitomized the spirit of spring.
‘70s revival as racewear:
The boho trend made inroads into the strict monochrome dress code of Derby Day. Tiered peasant skirts in liberty prints, midi skirts, bell bottoms and gentle flares appeared now and then.
Beaded Clutch bags as racewear:
Race wear is incomplete without accessories. Melbourne Spring racing festival 2015 was no exception. The frocks were complemented with boxy minaudiere clutch bags and envelope bags with side slings. Ethnic bags with pompoms and danglers infused boho chic into the racewear wardrobe. When it came to silhouettes for clutch bags, boxy minaudieres and envelope bags won hands down.
The Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2015 relived the era of elegance and gaiety. The rain came, as predicted, but was not enough to put a damper on the festive mood. On the contrary, it added to the fashion with a few brollies, not to mention the Bunnings brolly that was spotted somewhere! We forgot our worldly worries these few days and lived in times where carefully coiffured ladies partook of high tea served in sliver service and bone china and dandies roamed the streets of London.