As secretary of the Birdsville Race Club, Fashions on the Field has become increasingly popular in recent years. I have been involved with the BRC for four years and in that time I have focused some of my time and passion into their Fashions on the Field event. In 2016, I coordinated the event for the first time. As I prepare again for this year, I reflected on my past event. So I have decided to focus on the do’s and don’t of FOTF so you can start to prepare your outfit for your race event.
Judges are looking for that one unique outfit that either throws the current trends out the window or follows with such precision and style that it blows it out of the water. Before you consider entering any event I advise you check the race club conditions for their FOTF. With the BRC, stockings are not essential as the weather is much warmer. They also advise Spring colours as the event is the first weekend of September. This years Spring colours are:
After following the Galway Races fashion in Ireland this week, I believe that the judges had quite a tough job this year and also think that the winner, Anna McCana, was both unique and classic but with a contemporary twist. Can you believe she made her headpiece from a fruit bowl! What are your thoughts on her outfit?
So if you decide to enter the FOTF, what are the do’s and don’t?
Here are my few tips when entering Fashions on the Field
- Decide what is the feature of your outfit, is it your headpiece or dress?
- Don’t over accessorise, keep it simple
- Do not over expose, balance it. If you choose a short dress keep the top covered and vice versa
- Only follow a trend if it suits your style, otherwise only adapt some of it by incorporating it in your style
- Colour is very important, especially the time of year, for winter colour ladies, coming into this years Spring Carnival in Australia, I recommend using accessories away from your face to brighten your outfit, for example your handbag and shoes, also consider a belt whether it be fabric or metals.
- When it comes to shoes, be practical. The trend a the moment is the block heel which has better support and might offer more comfort.
- Protect your outfit, if attending a dirt track source protection covers for your heels. If you suspect rain bring an umbrella, it can become part of your outfit.
- Gloves are very popular and can help to bring spring colours to an outfit, they are not mandatory.
- Do not try and put every element in your outfit, look at the winner in Galway, she has no earrings, bracelet, gloves, broach, shawl or scarf. She wore a diamond ring and a necklace on transparent wire with a single pearl on her neck.
- Keep makeup and tan to a minimum. It is a race day and not a night event so keep your eyes bright. Do not over do your tan, a little goes a long way.
- Lipstick can help to tie everything together, with the Galway FOTF winner she has red nail varnish with red lipstick which adds a pop of colour to her outfit.
- The jury is out as to whether you need to match your headpiece to your bag and shoes. I have read a lot of FB discussions and I have come to the conclusion that your headpiece, shoes and bag should complement your finished look so they don’t have to match unless you feel it needs to.
Below are some outfit ideas for Fashions on the Field, all descriptions are linked. Some items were on sale, in case links do not work. These are all outfits which can be purchased online. To find that unique ‘one of a kind’ piece search social media and google for milliners and your local boutiques for that item of clothing. Shop around for both price and originality and Good Luck.
Love the colour of this dress which is one of the spring colours on trend this year. The gold shoes are perfect with the simple headpiece. The block heel is very on trend and will also bring some comfort on the day. I think the clutch adds something different. The contrast of textures between the dress and clutch is different and works. In this outfit I am letting the dress be the focus and the simplicity of the headpiece and shoes makes it a classic outfit. Again the clutch adds a bit of fun.
This dress is very pretty, the headpiece picks up the blue. I love this blue headpiece, it is a statement in itself hence why I kept the shoes and bag neutral. Again the block heel on the gold shoes are on trend and would also be comfortable as the heel is not too high. Lastly the little tassel on the bag adds a little bit of fun. I think the headpiece here is the focus. This is both classic and contemporary.
The jumpsuit and also trousers are very on trend with FOTF lately. I love this look and also the silver accessories instead of the rose gold. Again the block heel works well with the outfit. The jumpsuit, with the bardot neckline, really sets the trend. This is a great contemporary outfit. The clutch is simple and chic allowing the headpiece and jumpsuit to be the focus.
Bag: Colette Hayman
I love this dress, it is a classic look and I think the headpiece, bag and shoes allow the dress to take the focus. Although it is navy, I think the white accessories help to brighten it. This is a great example of a winter colour lady wearing a spring outfit. The pillbox hat is pretty and understated yet big enough to be seen.
Headpiece: Forever New
I couldn’t do an outfit without the ‘on trend’ rose gold flower crown. Love this headpiece. I teamed it with a beautiful structured dress which has pockets! The marble blue clutch adds a new dimension. Lastly the rose gold sandals are a dull effect allowing the headpiece to be the focus instead of the shoes. Overall I think all the elements work well in this outfit. I would recommend this as both classic and contemporary.
I adore this outfit and orange is very on trend for spring. The shoes are fabulous and would definitely need a heel protector for dirt track events. The clutch is simple and elegant. The length of this dress compensates for the straps. The headpiece adds height and a modern edge. This is a contemporary outfit. It would look stunning on sallow to darker skin. If you have paler skin and intend to use tan, be careful not to ‘over do’ the tan as the orange will make your tan look dirty.
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