Zoë Foster knows a thing or two about being gorgeous and glamorous. As social etiquette expert for Yellowglen she will be visiting the track during Melbourne Cup and says its all about staying graceful and elegant.
Here, she shares her top style tips for the spring racing season:
1. Colour – from soft sorbet and pastel tones to punchy neons are big this spring carnival. Don’t be afraid to mix and match shades in the same colour family.
2. There’ll be lots of digital, floral, graphic and photographic prints around. If you do choose a statement dress, your headwear can afford to be a little more lo-fi.
3. Pill-box headwear is big this year, but remember for spring racing, ditch heavy fabrics like velvet or felt – think straw and silk.
4. Masculine touches like suits (feminine, patterned), collared shirts and fedoras are a big trend this year – soft, feminine hair and makeup will balance the look.
5. There is a notable Gatsby influence with drop waist dresses, flapper-style 1920s cloche hats and berry lips all on trend… but don’t wear it all at once. Too much.
6. Adornment! Feathers, large jewel stones, leather (not skin-tight) and lace (over the face included) are big this season, and will suit the less frou-frou race goers.
7. For understated, timeless glamour, wear silky, soft fabrics in nude and blush tones. Keep the look tonal from headwear to shoes and bag, and keep accessories dainty and discrete.
8. If it's going to be an awful day, consider amending your outfit to be more appropriate. If that's not possible, TAKE SOMETHING WARM. A light tan trench coat works with most outfits, and there are lots of lightweight, light coloured blazers around at the moment that can work well.