Thanks to one of my favourite instabloggers @Corporatecatwalker, my #RaceMom (Brooke) and I were lucky enough to win members passes to Girls Day Out Race Day at Doomben Racecourse.

Emily Plummer Brooke Maddock Milano Imai

Emily Plummer AKA Corporate Catwalker and RaceMom AKA Brookey

 

Race Dresses Racewear FOTF

My new race friends: Renee, Alice, Katie, Georgia, Sophie, Azra, Emily, Brooke, Kerrie, ME woo, Madi, Alice and Hayley.

How could I say ‘no’ to a day with a group of girls surrounded by popping bottles, scrumptious food platters and… Firemen?

Girls Firemen Races Racing Fashion

Plan A- The Op Shop Treasure Hunt

I’d been playing around with the idea of finding an outfit from an Op shop.

The potentially low price tag has its appeal, but the possibility of striking gold with a vintage piece that no one else would have ever seen before was the real excitement!

Op Shop 60s style

Although I visited 7 OP shops and found a few goodies (sippy cups, a Fiorelli brief case and two waist belts) I did not find one single item that was wearable or alterable, except for this epic leopard print onesie I’m sure somebody totally rocked in the 60’s.

black bag opshop

Jar cup pink straw option

Plan B – Outfit Repeat!

As mentioned in my earlier blog post about recycling outfits, I am a strong believer in getting your money’s worth with an outfit. And being Girls Day Out, I wanted something pretty, chic and… Pink!

So, I opted to repeat an old favourite I wore to last year’s Melbourne Cup at Flemington. I made it to the prelims in it, but no further.

I really love this outfit- The skirt comes from ‘Talulah’. I had originally gotten a top made to go with it, but it all ended in disaster.

Pink race dress kimono sleeves

Photo showing the disaster top- the fit and fabrics all seemed to just be off. 

My millinery is by the very talented Peacock Millinery and I really didn’t want this outfit to go to waste.

So I ended up spending the whole day before the Melbourne Cup last year desperately searching for a replacement.

fascinator hatmaking feathers pink

As luck would have it the very last shop I decided to look in, ‘Mossman’, happened to have a dusty pink mesh dress which, when worn under my skirt, matched perfectly and the length of the dress complimented the skirt’s split!

I could not believe my luck.

race dress racewear fashions on the field

The only changes I made to this outfit for Girl’s Day Out was to purchase new shoes and a necklace. My original accessories were black, but I wanted to keep it light this time.

I opted for beige heels (which I got on sale for $30!) and a gold and beige necklace.

The necklace alone wasn’t quite right, but I found another necklace purchased earlier in the year and stacked them together. Did you read my blog on Stacking Necklaces?

racewear accessories shoes earings fashion

Orange hat gold jewellery

Hayley’s sister makes jewellery and made this epic crystal crown! It was even more spectacular in real life! Oh yeah and see my stacked necklaces above and my drink of choice- Beer with a straw ☺

BIG Hair – My Favourite Accessory

Seeing I didn’t spend much on my outfit, I treated myself to getting my hair done by a hairstylist my friend Tania introduced me to. I refer to her as The Hair Wizard!

She is AMAZING.

Hair stresses me out. Big hats and small hair stresses me out even more.

But I can always count on Kirsten (The Hair Wizard) to create a major voluminous up style, which I think adds ten points to any outfit!

In my post about races hairstyles I share some of my favourite hairstyles for the races.

Voluminous up style big hair hat

Big hair hairdresser races design fashion

The Big Day

Brooke and I arrived at 11am and met with Corporatecatwalker and the other lucky winners. It was super fun to hang out with a group of girls I hadn’t met before and chat about fashion.

We even placed some (losing) bets. The day is always a hundred times more fun when you go with a group.

My new friends supported me in FOTF and it was such a nice feeling having them there cheering me on!

Girls day out fashion at the races

There was a well-selected panel of judges at this gig. All of these women have fabulous style and are in the know of Racing Fashion. So Kudos to a great judging panel.

I entered FOTF and came second place! :)

Girls Day Out fashions on the field races

race dress fascinator millinery accessories

What the Winners Wore

Lindsay Ridings took out first place in an outfit I adored. It was super feminine and classic, with a modern twist.

Her dress: ASOS- Usually Lindsay and her Lifestyle Collab partner Rachel, put together all their outfits, designing and sewing from scratch, but they couldn’t pass up this dress from ASOS with its perfect fit, fabric and theme for the day.

Millinery: Custom made by Marilyn Van Den Berg Millinery (Rachel Cockrell). Lindsay said to Rach, ‘It’s my birthday and I simply MUST have flowers, butterflies and swirly spirally things!’ and five days later I had my beautiful rose gold and floral headpiece, so dreamy and whimsical”. P.S A BIG happy birthday to you Lindsay!

Accessories: Shoes are from ASOS “Spring into it”. Earrings and Clutch from Collette, Seed bracelet and her beautiful amethyst and gold ring was on loan from her mum.

Hair and Makeup: Jo and the team from Twidale Hair and Makeup. The makeup and hair lasted all day and complemented her outfit perfectly.

Girls Day Out Race Day

 

Kerrie Carucci took second runner up in a perfect Spring Racing dress.

Dress: Milva Carucci Designs Dress which was a collaboration between Kerrie and her mum, Milva.
Kerrie came up with the design and her talented mum worked her magic, creating the gorgeous outfit with 2000kms between them! “The Cherry Blossom print was the focal point of the outfit and I had picked up the gorgeous fabric on my visit to Italy last year which I’ve been dying to have an amazing reason to wear it! The dress was made complete with a contrasting lace which was hand dyed to compliment the print.”

Millinery: A ready to wear Allport Millinery piece which complimented the blossom flower and branch detailing perfectly!

Accessories: Shoes- Target. Clutch- Colette. Necklace, earrings, bracelet- Colette. Watch- The Fifth Label.

It was the first time Kerrie wore this outfit and says she will certainly be reusing the ensemble later in the year! YAY for reusing!

Girls Day Out Fashions on the Field Races

All in all, a fantastic day.

Attending the races with a big group of girls who share my passion for racing fashion really heightened the experience and made me realise how fun it can be to go in a group.

I want to organise more group events in the future and meet new race friends, which is why I’ve started the Field Fashion Community Facebook Group. We’ve already got over 300 members and would love you to come join us :)

 

 

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