Can this year just slow down already? The 2016 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival is here again, and that means we’re going to be spending a lot more time on Saturdays strapped into high heels (you can usually find us in our activewear on days off) over the next few months. Two of our favourite models, Megan Blake Irwin and Georgia Fowler, were recently announced as Sydney Spring Carnival ambassadors, and when we were given the opportunity for a quick chat, we had one question in particular we wanted an answer to—how do they stand in heels for eight hours a day without needing to call emergency services?
If this issue has plagued you on past race days, make it your mission for this to be your comfy year. Keep scrolling to discover the perfect model tips, including what they always carry in their handbags, and the trends to try this season.
Pictured: Georgia Fowler
Who What Wear Australia: What do you think the biggest racing trends will be this year?
Megan Blake Irwin: For me personally, I’m really loving feminine flowy dresses and kind of pushing it with mixing pastel and bright colours together.
Georgia Fowler: I think the biggest racing trends this year will be a lot of colour for spring. Incorporating pastels or bright colours even if they’re just with your accessories!
WWW: Spring racing fashion can tend to look the same each year, what is your best tip for mixing it up?
MBI: My best tip for mixing it up is with a statement hat—like this Nerida Winter hat can take your look from a fabulous outfit to a stand-out races outfit! And most definitely always go with what makes you feel comfortable—you’re standing in this dress all day.
GF: You can have fun with the accessories and also makeup—put on a bright lip if you’re wearing a monochrome outfit and have some fun with your millinery.
WWW: What do you always carry in your handbag at the races?
MBI: Bobby pins are a must!
GF: Try and keep it light firstly because you’re going to be carrying it around all day and you’re going to have a glass of champagne in one hand. Definitely the race guide so you know when Winx is running, and a portable phone charger so you can keep taking your selfies.
Pictured: Megan Blake Irwin
WWW: Good tips! What accessories will you be wearing this year to the races?
MBI: Me personally, I am going in with a big bold red lip for Stakes Day. For accessories, I think a big bold earring is fantastic. I feel like it’s all about earrings and rings, not so much necklaces this year.
WWW: Which designers are your go to for the racing carnival?
MBI: I think Alex Perry always does a killer dress for any occasion. I couldn’t have been happier in this purple one I recently wore! Morrison has beautiful feminine flowing dresses too, but honestly, this year with all our fabulous Australian designers, you can’t go wrong. I can’t wait to see all the girls in the new fashion competition on course.
GF: There are so many amazing Australian designers that do perfect dresses for events such as the races. Right now, I really love Zimmerman and Toni Maticevski.
WWW: And lastly, help us, do you have any tricks for lasting all day in heels?
MBI: Try and go for a pair you’ve worn before, definitely. And, if they are new, be sure to wear them out at least once or twice around the house first. When you are having a great day at Randwick or Rosehill, leaving because your feet are sore is not an option!
GF: Just don’t wear any brand new ones—you don’t know how they’re going to feel after eight hours or so. Also, don’t go for the highest ones you’ve got, because it’s a long day out there.