So its Friday, meaning there is precisely one shopping evening left before the start of the spring racing carnival in Melbourne.
Now I know you’ve read a hundred times about what to wear, so I though instead I would drop some practical wisdom on you before you finalise your outfits for the four race meetings. For those who are still desperate for some ideas I’ve put together some last-minute outfit ideas, including some looks for less than $150 which leaves some spare change for a punt. If you like what you see click on the image; it will take you through to a landing page with links to every item.
Dress Codes: I’m all for pushing boundaries (think a tailored suit or an architectural dress) but remember that Flemington Racecourse is not a nightclub. Nobody wants to see what colour underwear you have on (and please for the love of…wear underwear). Head to toe sequins are also a touch too much. For those that have been living under a rock Derby Day is traditionally black and white, the Cup calls for a riot of colour, Oaks is ladies day and all about some soft touches and Stakes Day is family day which means a slightly more relaxed approach.
Shoes: Repeat after me…. You have not been employed by the MRC as a groundskeeper. There is no need to aerate their turf. Unless you have mastered the art of tipping in stilettos (whereby you walk with your weight on the balls of your feet) opt for a block heel. In the same vein, if you know your feet are not going to go the distance opt for a lower heel or a chic pair of flats. You don’t want to be that girl dying from blood loss from blisters the size of golf balls, stumbling around with her shoes in one hand.
Bag: Your significant other does not want to ruin the line of his suit by stuffing his
pockets with your phone, bandaids, lipstick and other makeup necessities. Take a clutch that will house all your crap; extra points if its has a shoulder or cross body strap.
Etiquette: If you do decide to have a flutter know what you want before you get the bookie or the betting window. If you’re a novice go early and ask for help but be wary of leaving your run until right before the jump. I have seen people nearly mauled by punting stalwarts who missed putting their bet on because someone was faffing about. A pen and racebook are handy in this scenario (see above comments about the size of your bag). Your new motto is “get in, get on and get out of there!!”