After three long months without a race day to attend, I was seriously looking forward to letting my hair down (more like styled up) and putting my best fashion foot forward at Girl’s Day Out Race Day.

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Image: Bob McGahan Photos

About my Outfit

As a self-proclaimed, serial outfit repeater (budget-woes), I raided my wardrobe for an outfit to restyle. To me, Girl’s Day Out calls for fun, flirty, pink outfits! I knew the exact headpiece I wanted to wear. In fact, I made it myself last year after attending Ian Bennett’s millinery workshop.

pink coral red feather headpiece

pink coral red feather headpiece

It has some pink, coral and red feathers which were cut, shaped and molded to form perfect feather flowers. I arranged them onto some wire so they would hug both sides of my face. Another reason I wanted to wear this piece was the potential cyclone consideration. A warning of strong winds called for a smaller headpiece.

Headpiece choice made, I wanted to contrast it with a white outfit. And I had just the dress! The Alex Perry gown I had cut up and altered last year to wear to Oaks Day in Melbourne. I love this dress, I think it’s so beautiful. And having a full skirt meant I could eat a bunch of snacks in the marquee and not have to worry about sucking everything in or looking bloated! Yes, these are the things I think about…shameful, but true.

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My 2018 Oaks Day Outfit

The rest of my accessories I pulled from my wardrobe, including my mother of pearl Cult Gaia bag. Since my accidental $500 spend on this bag, I’ve really been trying to get my money’s worth. I wore a  matching mother of pearl earrings, a pair of pink, green and orange heels purchased over five years ago from Zu, and, to finish my look, an on-trend pink and red Twilly Scarf from Bag Queen.

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I had my hair done by my hair wizard Kirsten, who did me a soft, voluminous up-style and worked the wire of the headpiece into my hair to stop it blowing around. And also to hide the fact I used some sticky tape to stick the wire together haha.

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At the Track

Girls Day Out is a super fun day to attend. There are fairy floss stations, makeup booths, spin the wheel, a drag show (hellooo!), hunky men, and lots of fun cocktail stations and marquees to play around in.