It was a dismal morning. The downpour was merciless and the wind, bone chilling. The punters, nonetheless, were defiant.
Racegoers at the Emirates Melbourne Cup 2017 defied the rain Gods with a riot of colour. Tangerine, cobalt blue, sunflower yellow and vivid red were out in full force. Floral prints vied with the spectacular roses of Flemington Race Course for attention. Trench coats, jackets, and cardigans were worn over ‘new look’ dresses and lace sheaths. Headwear ranged from jeweled headbands to floral wreaths. Turbans and tiaras were cheek by jowl with boaters, sculpted hats, and fascinators. Clutch bags with side slings were popular for their obvious convenience. When it came to silhouettes for clutch bags, boxy minaudieres and envelope bags won hands down. Given the inclement weather, a new category of racewear accessories emerged. Racegoers put scarves to good use. Paisley pashmina scarves were draped over off shoulder dresses or tied in a dead man’s knot. Myer Fashion on the Field had an eclectic mix of nautical stripes, fluoro lace and floral dresses. Bandeau frocks competed with tiered peasant dresses. Men’s fashion put a final nail in the coffin of gender stereotypes. As always, there was the odd Batman and a couple of punters in cheetah and giraffe suits. Nonetheless, savvy metrosexual men wearing vivid colours like cobalt blue emerged the winners.
Tomorrow is Kennedy Oaks Day.
Oaks Day is ladies’ day and Oaks Day fashion is ladylike. Dress up in soft pastel shades and sorbet colours this Oaks Day. The weatherman predicts the sun will shine on Oaks Day. Make the most of the sunny weather and wear dainty frocks in floral prints. ’50s dresses, tiers and ruffles will work well on Oaks Day. Carry lace scarves and parasols. Take a leaf out of a Jane Austen book and relive the era of ladylike elegance.
A word of caution. Do not wear cocktail dresses to the races, especially on Oaks Day. Racewear and club wear are not the same. Oaks Day fashion is a blend of elegance and pizzazz. A race wear dress can be off shoulder or can have a deep back. Weather permitting, you may go bare legged. But do not combine bare legs with deep back and plunging décolletage. Draw the fine line between sexy and crass.
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