Originally conceived 50 years ago as a honeypot to lure more males trackside; Fashions on the Field has evolved into a highlight of any decent Spring Racing event. Celebrating this golden jubilee, the VRC and Myer hosted a high tea yesterday at the Mural Hall. It naturally applauded classic styles of the past and offered up fresh inspiration for the season ahead, showcased on the backs of Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith.
This year I’m interested in what modern racewear actually is. I want to encourage people to break away from stuffy perceptions while still respecting the racecourse dresscode. And aren’t we all over the vintage throwbacks? Though a classy retro feel is so much more preferable than wearing a flimsy “dress” more suited to clubbing. This parade had a few inventive suggestions. Would you opt for a daytime-appropriate suit rather than a frock? How about vivid tribal prints worn head to toe? Even a maxi-dress when accessorised properly can be a refreshing option.
The outfit planning starts now.
Photography by Andrew Gan