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