Derby bound? Ditch the jeans!

India Today - - SIMPLY PUNE -

Pune’s derby sea­son has just kicked off and it’s time when the rac­ing afi­ciona­dos will be at the Royal Western In­dia Turf Club show­ing off their sense of style. My en­tire fam­ily, if I may say so, has a great sense of style; my mother is who I got my fash­ion aes­thet­ics from, my sis­ter- in- law Michelle is al­ways pic­ture per­fect and on track with the fash­ion trends. My fa­ther Zavaray, un­cle Cyrus and brother Yohan are very par­tic­u­lar about dress­ing well to the races.

Tra­di­tional race dress­ing goes back to the As­cot races, where men wore tail coats and top hats and women wore tra­di­tional suits or con­ven­tional dresses with hats. With Pune’s weather con­di­tions, ours is a slightly re­laxed look. Suits are prefer­able though just a jacket or a shirt and tie will also do for men. The sari is my favourite In­dian dress. Its grace and ver­sa­til­ity of colours and prints makes it mod­ern and trendy. I am par­tial to fas­ci­na­tors, which are mod­ern ver­sions of hats and al­though they serve no func­tional use, they are less in­tim­i­dat­ing, easy to wear in our weather con­di­tions and suit the pe­tite In­dian frame well. They come in all shapes and sizes, as hair bands or combs, and en­hance the look and mood of any out­fit. Though a hat is not a must, wear it if you want to be a ‘ rac­ing diva’ can­di­date. An out­stand­ing hat or fas­ci­na­tor can make or break your out­fit. Go for one that has but­ter­flies or an over­sized flower.

Colour block­ing is quite a trend; the hat and out­fit can be com­pli­men­tary in colour. For ex­am­ple, a red dress with a pur­ple fas­ci­na­tor or a blue out­fit and a green fas­ci­na­tor can look good. If you choose not to wear a hat, fo­cus on your ac­ces­sories— ex­tra­or­di­nary shoes, an out­stand­ing hand bag or clutch. If you want to ex­per­i­ment, prints have made a huge im­pact re­cently and can range from an­i­mal to flo­ral to psy­che­delic com­bi­na­tions. Lace also is an op­tion but it can be tricky to wear, how­ever a mono­chrome look with lace, green lace dress with a green head piece and green shoes, or lace trims wo­ven into fas­ci­na­tors and on stilet­tos makes for an in­ter­est­ing look.

Wear dresses in in­ter­est­ing prints and colours be­cause they are per­fect for our weather. Jump­suits are re­ally in vogue, and a good al­ter­na­tive to dresses and suits. The races are a day event so avoid a se­vere black from head- to- toe look.

Men, please do pay at­ten­tion to what you wear. Opt for linen suits or linen jack­ets in shades of beige and grey.

Have fun with ties and pocket scarves that have eques­trian print or trendy colours that add some derby flavour. Though tra­di­tion­ally men wear top hats and tails to the As­cot, in In­dia, bowler hats in straw and felt are be­com­ing a trend.

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