Fashion and styling advice

Central Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­


If you are look­ing to win Fash­ions on the Fields, Amanda Rose of Manda Jane Fash­ions says to put on a good pair of stockings.

“It is about the full out­fit, the com­plete out­fit,” she said.

“Stockings com­plete an out­fit, there is noth­ing worse than hav­ing a nice dress with nice shoes, bag and a fas­ci­na­tor then you have white legs.

“Even if you do have san­dals on, there are toe­less stockings these days.”

There are no ex­cep­tions on what kind of dress it is.

“It de­pends on the length of the dress and the height of the per­son,” Amanda said.

“And how for­mal the dress is.”

Through her 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the fashion in­dus­try and time judg­ing, Amanda has spent a lot of time see­ing fash­ions come and go.

“I have judged a few and I do look for things that mix and match,” she said.

“Not ev­ery­thing needs to be match­ing these days.”

Amanda said it is im­por­tant the out­fit all ties in.

“Your bag might not match your shoes but it will match your dress.

“As long as they all match in their own way.”

This year, Amanda has sold a num­ber of dresses in all vary­ing styles and colours.

“Flo­rals is pop­u­lar, flo­ral em­broi­dery, a cer­tain amount of lace,” she said. “Navy is still very big.” Per­son­ally, Amanda doesn’t nor­mally go for block colours.

“I go for el­e­gance in what I wear,” she said.

“And a lot of pat­terns.” Along with a pair of stockings, the best advice Amanda can give is to plan your out­fit.

“It is a good idea to go with your dress first and

then ac­ces­sorise,” she said.

“It can be very hard when you buy a fas­ci­na­tor first and then you have to find a dress.”

In her shop, Amanda takes pride in guid­ing cus­tomers in what style they look best in.

“It de­pends on the per­son and what they are com­fort­able in,” she said.

“Choos­ing a style to suit their body type.

“An out­fit is an in­di­vid­ual choice, it is up to them.”

The old rule of never re­peat an out­fit can be ig­nored, Amanda said you can wear out­fits again.

“When choos­ing a dress for the races think about the others places you can wear it,” she said.

“You can wear them to a wed­ding or a for­mal.”


Amanda Jane of Manda Jane Fash­ions has been busy sell­ing race day dresses.

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