Giddy up and place your bet on the fash­ion stakes at the rac­ing car­ni­vals


THE au­tumn and win­ter rac­ing car­ni­val is quite un­like any other fash­ion event.

Fur stoles, half palm gloves, leather trim and pan­ti­hose are sud­denly not a cos­tume from the Vic­to­rian ages but rac­ing uni­form.

Dress­ing for au­tumn and win­ter rac­ing is in a league of its own.

Pas­tels, spring like flo­rals, straw millinery and strappy shoes are put away to make for what can and is de­scribed as the most de­mure of fash­ion cri­te­ria.

Au­tumn and win­ter rac­ing fash­ion has by far the strictest stan­dards and rac­ing fash­ion en­thu­si­asts are well-ed­u­cated on what makes or breaks an out­fit warn be­tween March and Au­gust.

The rules:

Start­ing from the bot­tom, shoes should be closed toe and without an open back.

Stock­ings are pre­ferred, es­pe­cially for a clas­sic look and hem lines should never fall above or on the knee.

Shoul­ders, backs and midriffs should be left to the imag­i­na­tion and sleeves are rec­om­mended to cover at least the shoul­der, if not the arm.

Au­tumn win­ter rac­ing head­wear should be made or leather or felt.

While con­tem­po­rary de­sign aes­thet­ics are mak­ing way for fu­tur­is­tic ma­te­ri­als like metal, acrylic and other plas­tics, a clas­sic racewear look is likely to be com­pleted with felt or leather, at least this sea­son.

Out­fits can be fin­ished off with leather half palm gloves, a mod­est clutch, sim­ple ac­ces­sories like ear­rings and re­fined with a waist belt.

Colour pal­ettes are kept clas­sic with ma­roon, navy, emer­ald green, black or grey and com­pli­mented with cream or white, then fin­ished with a metal­lic like clean gold or rose gold.

Pri­mary ma­te­ri­als for au­tumn win­ter in­clude wool, leather, heavy drill, bro­cade and the oc­ca­sional splash of fur.

Hap­pily for men, ap­ply­ing win­ter rac­ing cri­te­ria to their suit wardrobe is as sim­ple as find­ing a com­pli­men­tary coloured jacket or time – and wear­ing socks.

While some race go­ers choose to dress how they like and sub­con­sciously avoid the win­ter rac­ing cri­te­ria, they are un­likely to place in the fash­ion stakes.

Ip­swich Cup fash­ions on the field is the ul­ti­mate desti­na­tion to put to­gether an au­tumn win­ter race day look. A splash of ma­roon, some spe­cific ac­ces­sories and luxe navy bro­cade where the win­ning touches on Michelle Cheetham's Ip­swich Cup fash­ions on the field out­fit at the 2017 Ip­swich Cup. Ms Cheetham, from Tha­goona, (above left) said rac­ing fash­ion was all about mod­est lengths, care­ful ac­ces­soris­ing and a sup­port­ive fash­ions on the field com­mu­nity.

“I love the so­cial as­pect of fash­ions on the field and get­ting to come along with some of my friends and get­ting to make my own out­fits and prob­a­bly the shop­ping part of it too,” she said.

“What dif­fer­en­ti­ates rac­ing fash­ion from other kinds is you have to be a bit more re­spectable within your­self.

“I like the fact that you've got to be a bit more cautious of what you do wear.”


Some of the con­tes­tants in the Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion from last year’s Ip­swich Cup.

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