Winter Racing Fashion

Last week’s Wintergarden Ladies High Tea was a wonderful lead in to this Saturday’s Tattersall’s Tiara Race Day at Doomben Racecourse.

This year’s race day will support Legacy – an Australian charity which provides services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force serve.

And it’s shaping up to be a great day for the whole family with free entry for kids as well as free rides and entertainment.

Naturally, one of the highlights of the day will be the Tattersall’s Wintergarden Fashions on the Field, but the big question is, ‘what to wear to a winter race day?’

With the forecast set to be a high of 22ºC, it’s the perfect excuse to rug up in this season’s assortment of beautiful layers and textures, especially if you’re planning to make a whole day of it and head out to dinner after the races.

The first key to dressing for the races—summer or winter—is to remember that you’re not going to a nightclub or a backyard barbecue, so bypass the miniskirts, crop tops, anything too tight or revealing, ripped denim (and denim in general) and all-over sequins.

Instead go for an outfit that is classic and chic—think longer hemlines, pencil skirts and feminine details.

This season is all about the statement coat—the bigger and brighter the better—but if you’d rather not have to wear or carry your outerwear, opt for a dress or blouse with longer sleeves in a thicker fabric like a ponte or wool blend.

While headwear isn’t mandatory trackside, it is for Fashions on the Field and it’s also the perfect way to finish your outfit. Leave your straw hats at home and opt for a piece made from felt, wool, metal or leather.

Footwear is also something you shouldn’t leave to the last minute when planning your outfit. A mid-heeled pump, block heel will help you avoid sinking into the grass and help minimise any ball-of-the-foot pain from standing and walking around all day, while a great ankle boot is also a popular go-to style for winter, offering the perfect blend of cool and comfort!

Whatever shoe you settle on, be sure to wear them in them in before you hit the track or you’ll end up wanting to carry your shoes home!

Finally, if you’re keen to try your luck in Fashions on the Field, consider wearing hosiery, closed toe shoes and winter-appropriate millinery. Gloves are optional but are always a fun addition to an outfit and a great way to keep warm when the sun goes down!

The judges will be judging each look on its suitability for Queensland’s climate; the wearer’s understanding and interpretation of current fashion trends; accessories; grooming and deportment and headwear.

So whether you’re planning to do some celebrity spotting in a corporate marquee or sipping champagne trackside, let your race day look take the lead this winter with an ensemble from Wintergarden:

Sheike Dolly Blooms Dress with Veronika Maine Brushed Wool Cocoon Coat

Veronika Maine Papercut Flowers Empire Dress and Brushed Wool Cocoon Coat

Seed High Neck Floral Dress, Quilted Sling bag, Faux Fur Scarf, Jagger Waist Belt and Athena Heel Boot

Oxford Dunbar Ponti Dress and Ronnie Checked Coat

Veronika Maine Midnight Floral Wrap Dress

M.J. Bale Leone Coros Jacket in Blue with the Tintura Cream Shirt, Kemnay Trouser and a silk pocket square

U on Sunday Fashion Editor Brooke Falvey knows what it means to dress for the occasion. After living in London for just over a year, Brooke Falvey returned home to Brisbane to share her style storytelling talents on her blog, Blonde Ambition. With a background in journalism, Brooke shares thoughtful lifestyle and fashion pieces through her Instagram account, What Brooke Wore, and her blog, Blonde Ambition, inspiring her readers to start doing what they’ve always dreamed of doing—and giving them tips on how to look good at the same time!. Ready to dress like you mean it? Get to know the girl behind What Brooke Wore.