Stradbroke Day is my favourite day of the Brisbane Racing Club Winter Carnival.
This year was no different, but I was looking forward to it even more than usual because I had missed the other 3 days of Fashions on the Field events in the carnival. I really needed a day of frocking up and catching up with all my race friends. And for the first time ever I had marquee tickets to the bird cage!!
But first, an embarrassing flash back.
I will get around to telling you my ‘real’ story, but Facebook was kind enough to remind me of this memory, which can’t be overlooked. It was the first Stradbroke Day I ever attended, back in 2013.
Somehow I managed to miss the ‘black, white and a touch of red’ memo and turned up in THIS! I walked on stage. And off again. Didn’t make the heat. This outfit makes me cringe a little bit. Please Facebook, don’t remind me of this again.
The Outfit Planning
I had an outfit in mind. Okay, that’s a lie, I didn’t really. I’d call it more of a loose ‘idea’.
I actually started off with a hat, hired from Millinery Market. Spying Carmen’s leather disc hat by Sharon Wilson, I fell in love and then had to revolve my entire outfit around the hat.
The reason I missed the 3 previous FOTF events was due to a super-fun, but expensive holiday to Japan! Having spent all my money on ramen and snacks, I planned to save some money by repeating an outfit– I’m a total repeat offender!
I considered the black and white striped outfit I wore to Derby Day, paired with my new hired hat.
My black and white stripe outfit was an off the shoulder style and I would need to have my shoulders covered for winter. I love the look of a blouse under a strapless bodice so set out looking for the perfect white top to go underneath my outfit.
The Search for the Perfect White Top
I found this stunning Harvey the Label shirt online, but they had sold out of my size and only had a top 3 sizes too big available.