Ways to approach the black and white theme:
• All white
• All black
• A mixture of black & white
• All white with black accessories
• All black with white accessories
• A printed black and white fabric
When you are limited to black and white, you can add detail by varying your textures. Choose a textured fabric, like leather, baroque, lace, or a fabric with an interesting finish.
Or use beading, feathers, an unusual trim to ensure your outfit stands out!!
Click here for a more comprehensive guide that includes 22 different ways to wear black and white.
A Touch of Colour (e.g. Stradbroke Day)
‘A Touch of Colour’ themed days are fun and easy. With so many accessories to choose from, it’s not hard to find an interesting way to incorporate an extra colour into an outfit.
Although some women use the extra colour as the main event, some judges frown upon that so it’s safer to adhere to the ‘a touch of’ rule.
For Stradbroke Day I made my own red brooch and sewed it onto my dress. I also wore red lipstick, as did almost every woman there!
Ways to add a touch of colour:
• Coloured fabric
A Touch of Metallic (e.g. Doomben 10,000 Day)
What a great excuse to wear SEQUINS!! It’s no secret, I’m all about sequins and a strong believer that there’s no reason why they have to be limited to nightclubs.
Worn the right way, sequins on a bag, a crown or a trim can look super chic at the races. But that’s me, your idea of ‘a touch of metallic’ might be something totally different.
Ways to add a touch of metallic:
• Wear a gold/ silver or sequin crown or millinery
• Choose a fabric with a sheen finish
• Wear gold or silver accessories
• Gold heels are very in at the moment, or even a patent finish on heels gives them a metallic sheen
• Gold/chrome/silver buckle on your belt
• Hardware of your clutch
• Gold eye shadow- gold in the corner of your eyes looks beautiful
• Detailing- some shiny sequins or diamantes beaded around the sleeves or around a pattern in your fabric look gorgeous
Two Colours (e.g. Surf Life Saving Day- Red & Yellow)
Some race days come with a theme of two colours – sometimes to do with the sponsors of the event.
Depending on what the two colours are, you may find this one challenging, or fun. Take the theme of red and yellow for example, two colours I would not normally pair together.
By adding in a print, the overall visual effect of the colour clash wasn’t so harsh. And in this case, trial and error is key!
Try on as many variations of the colours as possible until you find something balanced and pleasing to the eye.
Dressing for a Decade (e.g. Vintage Theme)
‘Vintage’ seems to be the word of the decade, even though it’s far from this decade! It’s a popular way to dress and has filtered into the FOTF competitions in a few places over the last few years.
For this theme I would do a little bit of research. Look at the popular silhouettes of the era, the fabrics and accessories.
Image credit: Tatiana Hoffman
This year Darwin’s FOTF had a vintage theme to celebrate their 60th anniversary and ladies executed this beautifully with full skirts or wiggle dresses, gloves, pearls and dainty shoes.
Florals and polka dots were popular choices as well as pops of colour.
Ladies Day (e.g. Oaks Day)
A theme day which focuses on femininity is not uncommon and Oaks Day, in Flemington, is a great example.
This theme is a little broader than others because it means you can pretty much wear whatever you want, but girly and feminine colours and shapes are most common.
Floral prints, pastel colours and womanly shapes float around looking fresh and feminine.
Melbourne Cup Day
Melbourne Cup Day doesn’t have a particular theme, so it’s your chance to wear bright colours and have fun with your outfit.
It signifies the end of Winter Racing fashion and the transition into Spring and Summer, so take full advantage of it.
Try a new style or colour and don’t be afraid to mix prints. Take note of current fashion trends and fabrics, but put your own personal stamp on an outfit by making it all yours!
So which do you prefer? The challenge of a themed race day or the freedom of a regular race day?
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