Dress to impress with colour, print and personal flair
SUMMER racing attire showcases the vibrancy of the season's fashion to the fullest.
Despite no official fashions in the field contest taking place at the Gladstone Turf Club's Magic Millions race day, all eyes will be on what was worn and by whom.
The trick to dressing for Magic Millions is to remember it's summer - think bright and light and steer away from the Derby Day influence of black (no matter how divine photos of the event may have been).
There's also been a change with pastels this season.
They aren't about being so airy you float away, but rather a great contrast to more powerful designs, or a way to scale back drama.
It's all about polished elegance mixed with your own personal flair.
The store 3 Style Clothing, on Goondoon St in Gladstone is one store that is always inundated with customers looking to snap up the perfect race-day look ahead of a track event.
Retail associate Rebecca Wilke encouraged residents to indulge in colour today, stating the races were the perfect chance for people to show-off their fashion sense.
"Lots of bright colours, prints and florals are in at the moment," she said, with the store offering plenty such items in stock.
"It's a good time for them to get dressed up and dress differently than they normally would.
"A lot of people are doing playsuits. It's not just your traditional dresses anymore."
Ms Wilke said "print on print" was a massive trend at the moment, although noted that typically Gladstonites tended to take a more traditional approach to dressing.
Those that tend to stand out in the races fashion stakes are the people who have obviously taken the effort to co-ordinate their outfit, with complementing details often creating a stunning effect.
"There's nothing worse than seeing a clutch that clashes," Ms Wilke noted.
It's the perfect time to pick up a new element to an outfit as well because as part of 3 Style Clothing's "New Year Sale" the store has up to 50% off all shoes as well as many other bargains on offer.
Still have no idea what to wear? Don't stress.
Ms Wilke said a lot of people came into the store wanting help to pick out something.
"And we love helping them. People like the honest opinion we give," she said.
If helping people pick out the perfect attire sounds up your alley, 3 Style Clothing is also on the hunt for a new team member to take on a casual position.
The Valentines Race Day on February 15 is the next event on the Gladstone Turf Club calendar, so start looking for feminine frocks or co-ordinating your ensemble with your significant other for a loved up fashion fest.
- Don't be afraid to experiment. Remember, racing fashion enables you to step out in something you wouldn't normally wear, so have fun and try something exciting.
- Keep it classy - short and revealing dresses are better left for an after party; Remember, although trends are fun your best bet is to dress to flatter your figure.
- For the guys, make sure your shoes, belt, cufflinks match and/or complement the outfit as a whole. Neatly pressed suit pants and a crisp shirt will ensure you look classy.
- If you plan on spending time outside, ensure you wear a good coat of sunscreen; Make sure you cover your face, neck and décolletage. Also, sunglasses are a must.
MILLINERY makes a race-day outfit and often acts as the anchor to a polished look.
Take your outfit with you when shopping for a headpiece to help match the colour and tones.
Hats help you channel different moods and feelings so embrace it - whether it be a vintage-inspired pillbox, a straw hat or a sexy veiled headband.
A larger headpiece also helps protect wearers from the blazing central Queensland sun.
As an alternative, a pretty parasol is a chic way to protect you from UV damage or rain.
WANT to capture your races outfit or friendship with fellow event goers on camera?
The Observer's chief photographer and the Gladstone Turf Club's official photographer Brenda Strong gives her top tips to taking a great photo at the races.
Ms Strong recommends that people:
- Wear natural looking makeup as caked on foundation can come out orange on camera. Wearing fake eyelashes and using white eye shadow in the inner corners of your eye can open your eyes and make them stand-out in a photo;
- Have fun when posing and take advantage of props on offer at the Strong Images Photography booth at the event;
- Take photos in smaller groups, as the more people in the photo the more squished it will be and detail can be lost;
- Take advantage of summer by wearing bright colours that pop in a photo; and
- Smile! People laughing and having a great time looks fantastic on camera.