Off to the races? How short is too short for your hemline? Should you match your bag with your shoes? How do you style your hair to work with your millinery?
With Melbourne Cup day fast approaching, we interviewed fashion/lifestyle blogger and local Melbourne fashionista Margot Moore (@margotmoore), to help navigate the trends this racing season, ensuring you avoid any fashion faux pas whilst trackside!
WHAT ARE KEY TRENDS WE WILL SEE TRACKSIDE THIS YEAR?
Simple, elegant and structured dresses that are mid length (always below the knee!). Also, lots of metallics and lace for millinery and accessories.
CAN YOU GIVE US THE INSIDE SCOOP ON FASHION DO'S AND DONT'S?
A day at the races is a big commitment. Not only is it an early start, but being outside all day in heels can also be quite painful. The best thing you can do is be prepared for a long day and make sure you are equipped for comfort. Try to wear in your shoes beforehand, if you plan on wearing new heels and get 'party-feet' or gel inserts for your shoes. They will give you a few extra hours of comfort before that burning feeling sets in. As a back up, pack bandaids!
Fashion-wise, it's important to research the themes for each race day beforehand and always adhere to them; for example Derby Day is strictly black and white, and a spot of yellow on cup day is customary. Make sure you get your hair professionally done. Spring Racing is all about beautiful hats and fascinators. Your hair should work seemlessly with your head piece, not detract from it.
As for what not to do, NEVER take your shoes off! You should try and find heels that are good mix of comfortable and fashionable, so try to stay away from a stiletto heel unless it's under 10cm. Don't do your makeup in bad lighting. Remember this is a daytime event, so it's important to get your makeup right for sunlight. Also, attending the races without some kind of headpiece is a major fashion faux pas!
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR HAIR, MAKE-UP AND MILLINERY ADVICE?
For hair, I would always try to do something with a lot of structure and hold. You want your hair to stay put for the entire day, and quite often, the weather is not great here in Melbourne, so you have to be prepared for rain, hail or shine. Getting your hair professionally done, means that you'll get that long lasting hold, and it will just complete your outfit. I love a sleek and sexy up-do for the races. Jacky Chan, from Oscar Oscar Salons St Kilda, has been creating some beautiful styles for me this racing season. From soft glamour waves to a sleek low bun, these styles have helped really tie my race day look together.
In terms of makeup, you need to find that perfect combination of long lasting makeup that also looks appropriate for a day time event. I find you can achieve this by steering clear of over-the-top eye make-up (little to no eyeliner on the bottom), a natural looking false lash and a bright lip.
For millinery, I LOVE to support local milliners. They are so incredibly talented, and I cannot imagine how much time goes into making fascinators and hats. My favourite thing to do is get a bespoke piece made specifically for a dress. I have to admit that I avoid purchasing generic pieces from department stores at all costs. Millinery can be quite expensive, but these days you can hire amazing bespoke pieces from many dress rental companies which is an economical way to go about it! This year I have worn pieces by Heather McDowall and Allport Millinery (by Sophie Allport).
WHAT SHOULDN'T YOU LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ON MELBOURNE CUP DAY?
As I said above - bandaids! Also, a compact mirror, powder, lipstick and an iPhone charger are always standard handbag requirements. Make sure your clutch is large enough to fit the essentials and complimentary to the tones in your outfit.
FOR THE PUNTERS OUT THERE, WHO IS YOUR PICK TO TAKE HOME THE CUP THIS YEAR?
I got really lucky last year and managed to place my bets on 'The Protectionist'. This year I have not been having much luck with punting at all! I'm going to say 'Who Shot Thebarman' or 'Preferment' - but please do not take any punting tips from me!
For the perfect race day styling tip, secure an appointment with Jacky or a member of the St Kilda Oscar Oscar team,
(03) 8609 6455
162 Acland Street,
ST KILDA, VIC 3182