Going to "the races" is an undeniably important part of Australian culture. Workplaces and even schools come to a halt at 3pm sharp on the first Tuesday of November to watch the race that literally stops a nation (aka the Melbourne Cup). The tradition of attending after turning 18 helps us to understand what the fuss is all about. Well, kind of. Really it’s just fun to get dressed up all ladylike.
To help you navigate this racing season we asked Aleysha Campbell—the celebrity stylist working with some of Australia’s best-dressed women—for her intel on how she preps her clients and her best style advice for race day.
With a long list of well-dressed ladies to Campbell’s name—Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Laura Dundovic, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and her sister Jesinta to name but a few—you know her tips will be top notch. Keep scrolling to find out what they are!
“Hollywood tape is a must-have, plus a few pins and a small pair of scissors. You’d be surprised how often they are needed! Tissues and lip balm are a must, too.”
“Nothing beats comfort and being able to move—and groove—in your heels. Make sure you choose something that's comfortable.”
“Focus on one key element, and build your outfit from there. It may be a statement shoe, a beautifully detailed dress, or a stunning headpiece or hat.”
“It’s a good idea to be up-to-date on race-wear guidelines and dos and don’ts before outfit planning. Looking ladylike is always important.”
“This year there is a real emphasis on femininity. Soft pinks, creams, and delicate headpieces will no doubt be on display. I hope to see a few straw hats out there, too. Look to Ginger & Smart, Rachel Gilbert and Lover. You can’t go wrong!”
Do you have any spring racing tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below.