How to Win at the Fashions on the Field – Battlefields of hard-core fashionistas.
Each year bloggers and fashion stylists giving tips for how to win fashions on the field. In addition to the list of general tips, my best advi codes—you don’t want a fashion faux pas to nix your chances!
Ensure that your outfit matches the current season. In spring, you will sport a straw or a sinamay hat and in autumn, your hat will be lined with felt or wool. Your spring outfit will be vibrant, fresh, and bright, whereas in autumn, you’re better off in a warm, dark-colored, and layered dress.
The style that wins every time is the elegant, ladylike, classic one that gently hugs your body infused with a modern touch. Add the contemporary feel with your accessories, bags, shoes, or headpiece. A pant suit has rarely won, and then only because a huge personality was behind the look.
The options that are most likely to click are dresses or two-piece skirt suits. Keep your body shape in mind and flaunt your assets. You can attempt the vintage look but be careful that it doesn’t scream mothballs. Floaty feminine frocks and ‘50s-inspired full skirts always a standout, while bold geometric patterns and artistic prints also popular with many fashionistas clashing colours and prints harmoniously. Always throw in a modern signature to re-fresh the retro look!
Individual touches and hand-made millinery and again accessories always win favour, and coordinating your look head-to-toe is one of the biggest stand-out aspects of a winning look. This means picking up on details like a graphic print in a dress or jacket and repeating the motif in your headwear, handbag, even lace stockings that tie the look together. Floaty feminine frocks and ‘50s-inspired full skirts always a standout, while bold geometric patterns and artistic prints also popular with many fashionistas clashing colours and prints harmoniously.
Combinations of black and white (as in Chanel), a combination of grey with a bright color, purple, red with pastel shades like cream, baby blue, pink, and electric blue are award-winning colors. Head-to-toe black is best reserved for funerals.
There are dress codes on certain race days like the Derby day when judges expect you to wear black-and-white and Doncaster Day, where you’re expected to arrive colorfully arrayed.
The hat is the most important part of your outfit. Choose it with care—it should complement your bag and your shoes and your entire outfit. Berets and pillbox styles get the most eyeballs. Winners are often seen in hats with netting across the eyelids.
Don’t forget the gloves!—leather gloves are contemporary and edgy and ideal for autumn, whereas lace can work to your benefit if smartly selected. Gloves making the outfit complete.
In autumn, always wear closed-toe shoes and in spring, wear stilletos or open-toed shoes.
Don’t forget the hosiery in autumn! In spring, a natural tan and a layer of moisturizer brings home the prize. Overdone fake tans are obvious and can put off judges before you can blink an eye. Dark tans and too much makeup—a complete no-no!
Always align your accessories with your bag, shoes, and headpiece. Too much of anything is not good – don’t crowd yourself with earrings, gloves, brooches, or necklaces.
Your hairstyle should not draw attention away from your hat. Most of the time, winners are observed sporting a chic pony, a chignon bun, or a rolled-up bun at the nape of the neck.
The final tip is that you shouldn’t look like you’re dressed for a nightclub. The less exposed your skin is, the better your chances of winning. Hemlines should not rise above the knee and breasts should not fall out of the dress. You see, most of the time, the male judges are not interested in your breasts.
And what about general racegoers, not confined by the rules?
They are able to embrace the exuberance of the most colourful days on the carnival’s calendar, with the lawn becoming a melting pot of men in colourful suits and fanciful ties while women go for a whimsical headwear and short, spangly dresses that would have shocked racing purists.