Racing Fashion opts for Wide Brim Hats and never relax too much.
Well after interviews last year about 'Relaxed Racing' and having a year to see where it goes, I am not seeing much difference or hearing any difference at all except for the advertisments.
Relaxed Racing claims to be where you don't have to dress up, yet just appear through the bushes in what you are wearing and pop into the track, plop yourself on the grass, grab a beer and watch horses running in circles. Is that not what most do during the Summer months of racing at Country Tracks?
The new advertising claim is that the leniency of strict dress code rules although the serious race goer will always have respect for the track and choose to dress in apparel suitable for the occasion. This just seems to be manners for some, but indeed if you are not entering the members you don't have restrictions put on you.
Last year, 'The Fashions on the Field' competitors were wondering what this 'Relaxed Racing' was all about, and was claimed to be part of the Fashion Circuit, although Brodie Worrell wearing Felicity Northeast Millinery had no trouble winning the Blue Diamond Stakes. There was not much Relaxed Racing going on, on stage, although the Melbourne Papers were trying to ask girls to wear 'playsuits' to the races and shorter hemlines. (This was sported by a w.a.g.) Although some W.A.G.s I adore, I cannot stand media attempts for no reason. You must have a purpose.
Blue Diamond will bring out the die hard Fashion on the Field ladies for those in Melbourne who have not seen decent Fashion since November, but this is a big race day, although a day full of faces who know what they are doing. It is competitive and if you are in demand for a trip to an Island this maybe your ticket.
Best bet, don't go down the track of Marsala, Pantone colour of the year. Keep with pastels and Summer hues. Wide brimmed sun hats and trilby's should feature as well as well made headpieces. Keep your heels low and nails short and well manicured.
Blue Diamond to me is now one of the saddest race days as it was when I heard the news that Charlotte Dawson had chosen to leave us. It is not a happy day for me, it is about the ability to wear something we love and enjoy living well. When you hear of a death in your community it shocks you to the core and brings home REAL. It takes away from posing on stage (and yes the show must go on), yet mindfulness and manners go further than any sash ever will.
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