Fashions on the Field in 2014 are going to be more than what we have ever seen before. Every year this competition becomes more serious and comparable than ever. It is reported that contestants are spending more than $20,000 each year on their 'Racing Fashion' ensembles each year. The recession seems not be hitting us all, but I admit I am tightening my belt and have no choice. It is difficult in this financial climate and I admire the young ladies heading to the sewing machines with their mums to design and construct something of their own aesthetic and innovation.

Times are changing in Fashions on the Field and more than ever, I am saying KISS, 'Keep it simple stupid', there is so much over thinking of outfits and taking away from the pleasure of the day and becoming a 'Game ON!' competition as one finalist voiced on stage at Blue Diamond Stakes Day. I think it is clear you cannot expect to know what the judges are looking for you just have to stick to yourself and be true to yourself. Many ladies are being styled and tweaked, and if it is friends and not for money I don't care, but when you are taking the competition so seriously you are being advised by others it is not really you winning, it will be the stylist. Even if someone is not getting it right, I would rather see someone's personality rather than thinking what everyone else wants see you wear.

I have laid down some examples of Classic 'Racing Fashion' that will show off on 'Fashions on the Field' and translate into a dress that will keep you looking fantastic all day. 'Racing Fashion' is not all about 'Fashions on the Field' it is the balance of the racetrack. It is being able to walk to the betting ring, going into members, dining in some cases, parade ring and being able to adapt to all the different place on track. After being on track, most racing enthusiasts have dinner out that evening so it has to be suitable for 5 star fine dining if you have a wonderful win.

Peplums will be so understated this year, I would say downplay but accentuate your curves if you need to. The big word will be lace, but you have to be careful of the lace. Oscar de la Renta has made beautiful lace creations this season. Floral with hints of artistic oil painted print will be a hit. Dolce and Gabanna are really masters in this area.

One of the biggest tips is to dress for your body type. In many of these examples we have a very slight model with no bust line. If you are like me and a little or allot top heavy, you can opt for a wide shoulder or V neck, this will help keep the look slimming rather than bulking you down. Try and enhance your shape and come to love the shape that you are. You are the only one who may be worried about your shape, but you are uniquely you so don't try and change it. Keep your shape and love it. We don't all want to be the same.

Always look for a slightly larger size and you can always head to a fantastic dress maker to bring it into your body. When you are in your 20s, look to invest dress, you will be able to wear a great staple piece that will keep you into your 40s if it is a basic colour, great material and beautiful lines. If you are in your 20s or 30s, start to look at lines and feel fabrics, get to know what fabrics drape well and hang well. In most cases you want a heavier material that will weigh down to make fabric sit beautifully and you will see Chain on the inside of Chanel coats to give them length and to sit well.

When purchasing big ticket items that I have made example, make sure that this is something classic and in most cases I do say keep away from too much print. Geometrics and prints can easily be reproduced with cheap fabric mills and when you purchase an expensive item you can end up seeing it everywhere in cheaper stores. A prime example is a Prada Lace Suit I purchased 6 years ago and the lace then went to Alex Perry and is now basically on every cheap label lace right now. The density of lace is quite different and if you look properly you can see.

More than ever we are going to see lady like and I am one to love to costume dress and push boundaries in 'Racing Fashion' although this year is going to be very proper and what people are wanting to see on track is well dressed ladies. Don't opt for short unless you are going in the direction of a shift dress. Mid arm length is going to be a hit this season as well.

Easiest thing to remember, if you have a statement hat, keep the dress very simple. If you have a blocked colour dress, you can pop with colour in headwear and accessories and a belt always brings the look together. Waist lines are hanging lower and skirts are becoming fuller and is great when you have ample hips. Always look for your best asset and play it up. If you don't have great legs, bring eyes up to the neckline rather than pop shoes that will take your eye down. If you have great shoulders, you can show them off and use a wrap.

 

If you are shopping for fabric, look in unconventional places and that dressmakers would go to. Make sure you are buying top quality and keep Pantone Colours in mind although just a pop is good, not too look to much like you are copying every written law of fashion. Again, it is about simplistic beauty.  You should not have to try hard to be who you are.

 

Designers include, Marni, Alice by Temperley, Preen by Thornton, Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret, Jason Wu, Lela Rose, House of Holland, Roksand Ilincic, Lavin, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabanna, Alexander McQueen, Joseph, Karl Lagerfeld, Helmet Lang, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karen, Theyskens' Theory, Diane Von Furstenberg, Herve Leger, Issa, Mason by Michelle Mason, Bregassi, No 21, Lover, Egerm, Emilio Pucci, Jill Sander, Reed Krakoff, Peter Pilotto Etro, The Row, Preen Line, Fendi, Mulberry, Marchesa, Givenchy, Giambattisa Valli, Antonio Beradr, Stella McCartney, Nina Ricci, Michael Kors, Adam Lippes, Burberry, Mary Katrantzou, Bottegna Veneta, Markus Lupfer.

 

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