Allie McLennan and Kasey-Lee Flack sporting the Casino Cup and some of the fashion on offer for this year’s race meet.
Allie McLennan and Kasey-Lee Flack sporting the Casino Cup and some of the fashion on offer for this year’s race meet. Patrick Gorbunovs

Dress smart to look hot

BOLD prints, strong colours and vintage tailoring are expected to bolt in this year for Sunday's Casino Cup, but practicality is the hottest look for race day, warn fashionistas.

Arum Casino owner Margaret George says the Casino Cup is one of the few days where women can indulge in feminine elegance.

Full 1950s skirts and tight bodices will add to the usual sea of shift dresses, according to Margaret.

"We're seeing a comeback in over-the-knee dress lengths, which is appropriate for race day," she says.

However, elegance should be matched with practicality.

"Think about the venue. You'll be standing on grass all day so it's best to go for a platform heel so you don't sink. Shoes should also be worn in before the big day," she says.

Floppy broad hats - 1970s-style - are odds-on favourites in the headwear stakes, but the traditional fascinator is still in the running.

"It's spring carnival, so it's best to prepare for all weather," she says.

On-trend options include soft lapel jackets and loose capes. Floral prints, tangerines and pastels will be big this year, Margaret adds.

With accommodation for two to the Gold Coast up for grabs, fashionable fillies will flock to register for the annual Fashions On The Field competition.

Entrants for the fashion competition need to register on the day.

Heat One will be held after Race Two and the second heat will be held after Race Four. The final is on after Race 5.

 

Cup Fashion Survival Guide

Stay classy: Drunk and disorderly is never hot

Wear in your shoes before the big day

Bring blister pads to prevent hobbling

Holding onto your hat isn't elegant. Bring some bobby pins

Stay warm: a soft lapel jacket or cape is all you need

Don't take a punt with fake tans. Stick to what you know works

Have your lippy at the ready

Protect your skin with sunscreen

Think before you sink: Wedges not stilettos

Fob the fascinator: Try decorating a broad floppy hat



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