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