Mud is no friend of a good race day outfit…
Tomorrow is Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens – and it’s going to be a wet and windy one.
But it doesn’t mean style and class – and practicality – has to go out the window.
If you find yourself ‘umming’ and ‘ahhing’ about what to wear on this soggy weekend – I’m here to help.
It’s no secret that women get all dolled up – the dresses, the heels, the fascinators – but that won’t help you stay dry and with any hope of enjoying the day without the warming influence of alcohol.
Rule number one: never, EVER, wear suede on rainy days – unless you’ve gone to the greatest lengths to waterproof your items more than 24 hours before wear.
Suede is a very delicate and soft material that can become damaged if exposed to too much moisture; because of this, suede on rainy days is a big no-no.
Avoid heavy trousers with lots of body. If they get wet you’ll be trotting around like a pig stuck in mud, dragging the extra weight of the outfit you wish you never wore.
If you’re contemplating wearing a pants and blouse number, choose slim pants in a lightweight fabric – preferably black. This way, if you do get rained on, it won’t show signs of rain water or muddy debris.
Another option is to suit up. Just because you’re a woman it doesn’t mean you can’t rock a suit just as well as a man.
If you’re afraid a suit will make you look too masculine, accessorise with a bright lip or feminine jewellery pieces. Button the jacket or go peplum to bring attention to your waist line and curvaceous womanly shape.
Another option is to wear a jumpsuit. I’m not talking about playsuits, those all-in-one short connected to a top outfits, that generally look better on teenagers than grown-ups.
The 80s jumpsuit trend has made a comeback and it’s one of those pieces that’s new – but also a classic. It’s street but also elegant. It’s effortlessly cool but it’s also chic. It can be worn on the red carpet or at brunch with the girls.
In short, it’s a staple piece every wardrobe should possess.
As for your feet, if you just can’t bear to leave your heels on their lonesome sitting in their box at home, invest in a pair of heel protectors. Not only do these little gems prevent you from sinking into the grass, but they double in giving you all day support.
If you had your heart set on a summer dress, pair it with pieces that minimise stress by maximising function. Accessorise with a statement umbrella, boots or a waterproof coat.
Three, two, one – and you’re off to the races!