IT could have taken a few many years to catch up — however Sydney’s trackside type has every little thing it wants to trump Melbourne.
Having judged and hosted dozens of racing fashion contests in each cities, I’ve seen an enormous shift in what classifies as a successful racing look. A flattering frock, a hat, a pair of comfy footwear and a sensible-however-fairly purse used to be the core standards.
What we put on to the races has been an integral a part of our nation’s folklore since mannequin Jean Shrimpton shocked the nation in 1965 by arriving at Flemington racecourse hatless, gloveless, stockingless and with a daring hemline.
“The Shrimp” introduced the miniskirt to Melbourne and adjusted the race scene endlessly. So, it is ironic that the largest fashion crime now could be going excessive. And the worst at this are our southern neighbours.
The reality is that it’s pointless to spend 1000's of curating a head-to-toe customised racing outfit — equivalent to incorporating the identical cloth swatches in your millinery as your gown, and shopping for crazily costly footwear as a result of they have been the one pair you would discover in the precise shade as your gloves. It’s additionally a complete waste of cash.
Why? As a result of like bridesmaids clothes, there’s completely no probability you’ll be sporting a full-skirted blue gingham frock and matching hat to an upcoming cocktail occasion.
Racewear must be about dressing elegantly and paying consideration to your grooming and deportment, fairly than resembling an embellished cake-topper.
Fortunately in Sydney, the standout look appears to contain an off-the-rack native designer gown or pant-swimsuit, a enjoyable headpiece and sensible equipment. I'll admit, we don’t all the time nail it — I’ve seen my fair proportion of floppy fascinators, stripper heels and midriff tops at native racetracks over time.
However after we get it proper, us Sydney ladies actually shine.
If you would like to be a frontrunner in subsequent week’s Vogue’s The Fashion Chute, purchase an on-development gown and a basic, extensive-brimmed hat with a snug sandal and easy clutch.