Today is a great day. I get to write my very first blog post! And shall we just get one thing out of the way straight up?

I’m no writer.

I’m a self-proclaimed race wear junky. I wear it, I design it, I make it. That’s my thing.

So bear with me while I fuss around with my thesaurus and my muddled head and try to get this out in one smooth swoop, whilst trying to work my way around my brand new GOLD MACBOOK (love heart eyes) which is supposed to inspire me into becoming race wear fashion blogger extraordinaire.

MacBook and Moet

Race Blogger Starter Pack


I guess my leading blog should focus on what I think is THE MOST IMPORTANT information to know when planning your race day outfit.

This info goes out to all girls, whether you’re just someone who wants to get things right on race day or if you take your frocks a tad more seriously and are entering Fashions on The Field (FOTF).

This post is for the race novice, so to those seasoned race goers out there I apologize for any “duh” moments. But believe me when I say, not everyone knows the basic dress regulations.

So, here we go. The 10 top most important YAY’s and NEIGH’s (Ha) of Racing Fashion.

1) No Spaghetti Straps

Forget it. I don’t care if you sweat. Or if you have wicked deltoids. Thin straps are out: wide shoulders and sleeves are always in.

The races are meant to be a classy event. Feminine, classy and modest. So leave your spaghetti straps at home or slip them on for a hot date in a salsa bar instead.

2) No Midriffs

Please put your bellies away. It’s not a good look. Most real women (who like cake) do not have washboard stomachs anyway, but even if you do it’s still a races no-go.

A little story to illustrate my point is that last year the Perth FOTF State Finalist purchased a dress from Toni Maticevski which had a big cut out feature on the midriff.

As the savvy race-goer is aware of the no-midriff code, she asked them to alter her dress and fill in the gap with the same fabrics used on the dress.

Outcome? She was named first runner up and looked absolutely stunning!

Customized midriff racewear

Nikki Gogan from W.A. Picture: David Caird. Source: News Corp Australia

Another important thing regarding bellies is that you won’t be allowed in the member’s area if yours is showing. I made this mistake last year.

I didn’t wear a midriff bearing outfit, but I wore a high waisted pencil skirt and a top that covered the waist band of the skirt.

As I hadn’t changed any light bulbs in front of a mirror that morning, I didn’t realise that when I reached up high a little bit of skin could be seen.

The lady from the member’s area was reluctant to even let me in!

Racing fashion midriff

Offending midriff pictured above

Personally, I don’t mind the look of a cut out in a dress. Last year quite a few designers showcased collections with side cut-outs and I really liked the look of them, but for the sake of entering FOTF I would say right now it is still a no-go.

3) No Short Hem Lines

Hem lines ladies- let’s keep them below the knee if you can. I have seen, on occasion, where a hemline ending just above the knee has scored a place in FOTF, but usually those skirts are A-line and tailored.

I think a longer hemline is more flattering on most people anyway and you certainly don’t want to look like you’re going clubbing under any circumstances. Keep it long.

Having said all that, midi length is very in this year and I think we will see a lot more of it at the Spring Racing Carnival in November.

Black midi dress

Midi Length Dress. Source: Toni Maticevski.

4) Nothing Too Booby

Boobs are great. And showing off a nice smooth décolletage is nice. But there’s a time and place for such display, and the racecourse isn’t it.

You can accentuate a nice bust with a scooped neckline, but usually higher necklines are favoured. It all comes back to the key word for the races: classy.

Last year I wore a beautiful teal silk Aurellio Costarella dress that had a cut out on the bust. I loved the colour and was determined to wear it, but felt the cut out on the bust was too revealing for FOTF, so I had to get creative.

I added some gold mesh to the neckline, making the cut out section smaller and covering up the boobs a bit more.

I ended up placing second on Melbourne Cup Day, but later read an article about how my outfit had made a stir because my cleavage was “barely concealed”.

So it just goes to show FOTF fans have no tolerance for it.