Fash­ion orm

Only days to go un­til the fi­esta of fash­ion hits town with New Zealand Cup and Show Week. For some care­free sparkle fol­low our form guide with some top tips from Lin­dauer’s of­fi­cial style am­bas­sador, Colin Mathura-jef­free.

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Com­fort:

Co-or­di­nate:

Colour:

Guys you have to re­alise that you and your look have to last the whole day. Your main ob­jec­tive is to look as close to the mo­ment you ar­rived to the mo­ment you leave. And that is af­fected by every­thing, from what you wear, to what you drink.

Race wear evokes en­sem­ble styling – cre­ate a com­plete set of looks that re­late to each other. From the hat, to the hair style, to your gloves to your shoes. Even your part­ner is part of your look. This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to be the Beck­hams for the day, so throw cau­tion to the wind and make the most of it.

Do not be afraid of colour. At the races you can be out­landish with colour, and match colours you would never nor­mally dream of. Step out of your com­fort zone, but re­mem­ber to be cur­rent. While this is your chance to be flam­boy­ant and fash­ion­able, avoid 80s ap­parel. But equally, avoid too much black. Peo­ple will think you’re go­ing from the races to a funeral.

The mo­ment peo­ple say, ‘‘Only head pieces are in’’ or ‘‘Only wide­brimmed hats are in’’ you can be al­most cer­tain they are re­fer­ring to last sea­son, so be one step ahead by be­ing orig­i­nal. Have your own theme and your own idea that will jus­tify your look. But please, don’t take your­self too se­ri­ously. Cre­at­ing your race day re­galia should be fun, think high fash­ion. Be the King or the Queen of the ball and bring a look to the races that is orig­i­nal now, and that ev­ery­one will en­joy.

You must al­ways be

Con­tem­po­rary:

Charm:

A swish of lip-gloss keeps makeup look­ing fresh.

Dress in (re­mov­able/add­a­ble) lay­ers. Add a col­lapsi­ble um­brella to your bag, in a pale colour suit­able for rain or sun.

Peep toe shoes and open san­dals should re­veal a per­fect pedi­cure. Pearly pol­ishes are in. Makeup wipes re­move food drops, wine drib­bles and lip­stick smudges.

Makeup:

Weather pro­tec­tion:

Groom­ing:

It’s OK to wear sun­glasses, even if it’s rain­ing – it is the races. Ties on men are op­tional, as are hats on women. Sin­glets and jan­dals are never

Dress stan­dards:

ever an op­tion. Nei­ther is a for­mal ball gown.

When your bud­get won’t stretch to a new bag try this Chanel-in­spired look. Thread vel­vet rib­bon through a gold chain and then par­cel up your bag leav­ing a long loop on one end.

Cheats:

Don’t miss:

Best Dressed at the Races in the Lin­dauer Tent at Ad­ding­ton Race­way on Tues­day, Novem­ber 8 with cat­e­gories rang­ing from high fash­ion to more quirky body art. The best dressed lady wins her height in Lin­dauer mag­nums, among other treats.

Fash­ion in the Field on Satur­day, Novem­ber 12, at Ric­car­ton Race­course. The win­ner re­ceives a trip for two to Lon­don and the best-dressed man wins two tick­ets to Bris­bane.

■■De­tails

Men’s Brown boot $599 from Work­ing Style Ph 03 356 1964.

Boot up: Brown is the new­black

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