Life & Style Weekend - - READ -

Much of the ac­tion at a Mel­bourne Cup day event takes place on the track. But an eti­quette ex­pert has a few key be­hav­iour tips for those track­side so they are not re­mem­bered for all the wrong rea­sons fol­low­ing race day. June Dally-Watkins man­ag­ing director Jodie Bache-McLean says fash­ion should re­flect “ef­fort­less glam” and footwear should be prac­ti­cal and com­fort­able. “It looks ter­ri­ble to see a beau­ti­ful young lady dressed el­e­gantly and then shoes come off,” Jodie says. She rec­om­mends a wedge or thicker heel for walk­ing on grassed ar­eas with ease. Spring rac­ing fash­ion is in­flu­enced by flo­rals and pop­u­lar dress tones in­clude pink or blush. Red, cobalt blues and stripes are also pop­u­lar this race sea­son. Jodie also has tips for po­lite be­hav­iour in a cor­po­rate box. “It is a great way to net­work, so take along busi­ness cards,” the eti­quette ex­pert of 30 years says. She says it is easy to drink a lot as wait­staff serve co­pi­ous amounts of al­co­hol and food through­out the day. “You don’t want to in­dulge too much. That last­ing im­pres­sion is not a good one,” Jodie says. “As much as we’re po­lite to the peo­ple around us, be po­lite to the peo­ple serv­ing too.” She says it is im­por­tant to thank the host for the in­vi­ta­tion upon ar­rival. And be sure to send a thank you note fol­low­ing the event. “If you do that I guar­an­tee you will get an in­vi­ta­tion to next year’s event,” Jodie says.

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