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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milano imai girls day out red feather fascinator white dress

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.

milano imai oaks day outfit white dress blue hat

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.

heels shoes earrings twilly scarf

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.

racing fashion hairstyle with headpiece fascinator

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.

man making fairy floss

I was in the Summer Soiree Marquee, trying to sample as much of the delicious menu as I could in the hour I had spare before fashions started :D

milano imai at brc girls day out raceday

girls day out marquee food banquet

There was a great turn out for Fashions, with plenty of beautifully, fun styled gals showing up. There were two categories; Best Dressed Woman’s Racewear and Best Dressed Girl Squad.

brc fashion committee for girls day out

The BRC Fashion Committee ladies ready to welcome and register all the entrants.

Fashions on the Field Competition

The judging panel was made up of reality TV Personality and Journalist, Georgia Love; BRC Ambassador and blogger, Kayla Boyd; Sheike representatives, Jordan Guest and Courtney Ferdinand; and BRC Fashion Committee Member, Jessica Toms.

sheike fashions on the field judging panel 2019

Wanting to film the heats for the Best Dressed Woman’s Racewear, I decided not to enter. But I thought it would be fun to enter the Girls Squad with my friends Brooke, Jess and Megan, as we all had a similar colour scheme of red, white, pink and black.

milano imai catwalk sheike fotf stage brc girls day out

racing fashion ladies on stage

Tess asking Jess how we co-ordinated our outfits… “Umm… we just sort of… telepathically knew” aka- we just decided to enter together before the event hehe.

The winners were the super stylish (and well-coordinated) ladies in yellow and red, followed by a trio of pastel wearing beauties who were actually on a Hen’s Party <3

best dressed girl squad winners

Photo: Bob McGahan Photo, @alifelikejess

There were six heats for the Woman’s Racewear category. Here is a small snippet from each heat, the full catwalk and video can be seen on my Instagram Highlights- @milanoimai

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

sheike fashions on the field competition heats

And the following image shows the top 10. I was super excited to see two Millinery Market hats in the top 10 too (2nd and 3rd from the right)!!

sheike fashions on the field competition top 10 finals

The winner was the always outstanding Amanda Maccor, in a green dress by Gail Taylor, Ian Bennett ombre pink crinoline hat with his signature feather flower and a pink ‘Everest’ bag from Bag Queen.

Amanda Maccor green dress pink hat winner

Renee Inness came runner up wearing a powder blue pencil dress with cute ribbon features and stunning hat by Melissa Gaye Designs.

Renee Inness powder blue pencil dress runner up

Some Favourite Looks

I managed to snap a few outfit photos throughout the day. Here were some of my favourite looks from Girls Day Out…

white dress lace sheer floral overlay in red

twirl freeform fascinator gold black mesh