Sarah Russell from Alstonville dressed in a vintage timeless style by Candy Landy Fashion Alstonville for the Ballina Cup.
Sarah Russell from Alstonville dressed in a vintage timeless style by Candy Landy Fashion Alstonville for the Ballina Cup. Patrick Gorbunovs

Fashionistas get racy for this year's spring racing season

THIS year's spring racing season kicks off with the Ballina Cup and as always the question on everyone's lips is how to look good, feel great and win big.

The cups days are some of the biggest social events in the Northern Rivers and with the first on tomorrow, Friday the 13th, fashionistas will need more than luck to win any of those tantalising Fashions on the Field prizes.

Before she gave her race-day fashion advice at the Real Housewives of Northern Rivers cocktail party tonight, famous style guru Anna Mott, dropped a hot tip.

She said dressing appropriately for the weather and being comfortable is what's trending.

"If you feel uncomfortable it will look uncomfortable," Ms Mott said.

Organiser of the cocktail party is Candy Fitness from Alstonville's Candy Lane fashions.

She too is invested in race-day styling and has been helping to plan the Ballina Cup fashion parade.

"Be adventurous", she said. "Wear whatever makes you happy and comfortable."

Colour blocking is still on trend and Candy said using aqua and cobalt together or hot pinks and oranges would look amazing - "you could add a little bit of lime".

Ms Mott predicted digital prints would be huge this season but warned people to "steer clear" of neon.

She said: "Neon now is a no-no and will simply date you back to the 80s."

Monochromes are expected to be massive this season as well, especially for the Melbourne Cup, so if you want to be at the cutting-edge of fashion that's the way to go.

Picking the right accessories is also vital and can make or break most outfits.

Ms Fitness advised to make the most of the local boutiques.

She said you don't go anywhere without shoes so don't go to the races without headwear.



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