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On track for the Caulfield Cup Carnival

Caulfield Cup Carnival Preview Day 2013 with the Melbourne Racing Club, the Olsen Hotel, Guinot, Jack & Jill millinery & Alannah Hill

According to The Olsen Hotel the key to a preparative race-day breakfast is French pastries, fruit and sparkling wine. In a penthouse setting. I’m not inclined to disagree (perhaps jockeys should steer clear). This weekend’s Caulfield Cup preview day saw us set out from the boutique hotel to the track – me newly adorned in a gold Jack & Jill Millinery feather headpiece for the day – for a teaser of what the carnival may bring in 2013. It seems as if the competition for the Fashion Stakes is getting stronger each season; I don’t envy the judges their tricky task.

Here’s a few hints I’ve gathered over the years on surviving the races in style, whether you’re brave enough to step onto the fashion stage or just want to luxuriate in a fuss free day on the green;

- You should wear your hat or head-piece tilted to the right.

- Hire two strapping young gents to carry you to your chosen mode of transport at the end of the day. Anything to keep your shoes on.

- If you are a strapping young gent, don’t wear the same suit to the racecourse as you wear to the office. A tux is way too much also.

- Alternate champagne with water. Or at least have good intentions to do so (note to self). Thank me later.

- Give yourself plenty of time to find an outfit. Devote at least a full day of searching at least one week beforehand, if not two. You really won’t find anything decent the night before.

- Think fashion first. Then ask yourself “is it race-wear appropriate?” You want shoulder straps at least an inch thick, a hemline to the knee and in a fabric suitable for daytime. Can you sit on the lawn in it? Will it flash your knickers to all and sundry with the slightest hint of a breeze?

- Get in early and nab a good spot.

- Do wear a hat (this applies to gents too). I subscribe to the theory that everyone looks better in sunglasses. And everyone look more finished in a hat.

- Avoid stiletto heels if you can bear it.

- An up-do will survive the day far better than leaving hair down.

- Don’t buy an entirely new outfit. Can you mix something already existing in your wardrobe with something thrifted or DIY? This also helps to add your personality into you look.

- Do buy a charity pin early. Not only will it stop you being asked a thousand times; it’s a really nice thing to do.

- Promise to put away your smartphone and take in the scenery (smell the literal roses you might say). You might overhear a good tip.

- Trust the weather report. And take necessary precautions.

- Do watch/have a bet on the main race of the day at the very least.

- Don’t take it all too seriously. Last year I wore a giant origami crane on my head and had a ball.

Caulfield Cup Carnival Preview Day 2013 with the Melbourne Racing Club, the Olsen Hotel, Guinot, Jack & Jill millinery & Alannah Hill

Caulfield Cup Carnival Preview Day 2013 with the Melbourne Racing Club, the Olsen Hotel, Guinot, Jack & Jill millinery & Alannah Hill

Caulfield Cup Carnival Preview Day 2013 with the Melbourne Racing Club, the Olsen Hotel, Guinot, Jack & Jill millinery & Alannah Hill

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One Thought on “On track for the Caulfield Cup Carnival

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the white dress with the blue and tan coloured pattern on the bodice!! The whole outfit looks stunning with the acqua blue!! Can you please tell me the name of the designer of the dress? Would love to have it!!

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