A day at the races can mean many things – a nice family day out, a work function, a valid excuse for day drinking or a justification for dressing up.
Whatever your reason for going, in a world where activewear is no longer restricted to the gym, dressing for the Spring Racing Carnival and navigating its dress code can be a little confusing. Intimidating, even. But it doesn’t have to be.
Do… wear a hat.
“You 100 per cent still need to wear headwear. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s essential,” Bartel says.
“My sister doesn’t like the big headpieces but I love a big floppy hat or a boater. Delicate crowns will always be in fashion and there’s always something you can do, whether it’s a jewel piece in your hair or even dainty jewellery in your hair. Definitely try something.”
Don’t… wear that dress you wore clubbing last week.
“I think the biggest style mistake you can make would have to be not dressing racewear-appropriate. You don’t have to be too strict, but too short or too sparkly is a no-no, and especially anything that shows underwear or bra straps,” she says.
“It’s nice having dress code – it’s the difference between going out for a night out and a day at the races.”
Do… have a big breakfast.
“It’s definitely my top survival tip. The day can run away with you when you’re getting ready and then catching up with friends. Ensuring you’ve eaten a huge breakfast in the morning keeps you going the whole day long.”