I had previously mentioned how much of a big deal the Spring Racing Carnival is in Australia. What I hadn’t mentioned was that I had only been to the races once myself. I’ve always wanted to go back (let’s be honest it’s the dressing-up part that attracts me) but haven’t had the opportunity.
So imagine my delight when Review offered me Corporate Hospitality tickets to Derby Day at the Gold Coast Turf Club! I think that Review clothing embodies what Spring Racing is all about: ladylike elegance. I’m aware that people can, and do, wear almost anything to the races, but for me I think there is something really lovely about the more demure outfits that I’ve seen in Fashions On The Field over the years. Apart from the headwear that is such a hallmark of a racing look, there is so much fun to be had with accessories such as gloves and bags as well.
I decided to follow the traditional black-and-white Derby Day dress code, and had picked a dress from Review that I thought would perfectly fit the bill. Things took a turn for the worst when the dress, which had been posted express on Monday, had still not arrived on Thursday afternoon for the Saturday races.
I’m not great at dealing with stress, and my friends must have been sick and tired of hearing me working myself up over the dress being lost in the post. Luckily Review were there to save the day, and let me visit my local store to pick out another outfit. For this second outfit, I opted for something a little bit more unusual. I had so much fun mixing and matching different pieces from their latest collection, and in the end I chose a skirt that I just couldn’t stay away from because of the lace detailing around the hem. Then it was time to choose a headpiece.
I’ve seen some spectacular fascinators over the years, but never one that I thought looked quite right on me. My preference swings between the very elegant, traditional hats, or the bejewelled crowns and headbands that have been making the rounds in recent years.
For my Derby Day look, I thought I’d channel Audrey Hepburn with a classic (and hopefully stylish) black hat that would compliment my outfit rather than drawing attention away from it.
I had so much fun at the races. Besides the dressing up, it’s a great atmosphere and a fun day out. A huge shout-out to Review for the tickets and my outfit.