While I normally gravitate to bright colour or individual, unique styling – this time I have broken convention and opted for a sharp, classic look with a bit of drama thrown in. I love the cut of this dress, well tailored to fit the female form and the feminine ruffle adds interest. This dark print with light florals offers plenty of scope for accessorising and millinery, so for her headpiece I chose to pull out the gorgeous rust tone in the print in a loose ruffle that marries with the dress. I have seen a lot of wine tones and racegoers incorporating lace and soft ruffles into their overall look. There has been a return to more demure outfits, where the skirt reaches down to the knee or below, and dresses with a ’50s-inspired sillouhette, which is very flattering to the female form.
Go for a look that expresses your individuality and is the right fit and cut for you. You don’t need to spend a fortune – some people avoid going to the races and dressing up because they don’t feel they have the money available. You can be quite savvy and upcycle pieces from previous years and give them a totally new look with, for example, statement accessories or by taking a different direction with tones. Finally, don’t take it too seriously – be cool, be comfortable and be classy!
Cooper St dress, $169.95; Wayne Cooper rose gold mirror sandals, $199.95, Myer; handmade, hardwired ‘Sinnamay’ silk abaca headpiece, $199.99, Sonlia; accesories from Lovisa and model’s and stylists’ own.
Sonlia Fashion, www.sonlia.com.au, pop-up shop Cairns Central, ph: 0427 055 826; Myer, Cairns Central, ph: 3088 3351; Lovisa Cairns Central, ph: 0481 600 400.
Former Face of Cairns Central, model Mary Anderson; Pip Miller, ph: 0419 681 543, pipmillerpr.com.au, email@example.com; Jess from Mac, Myer.