Lismore Cup fashion survival guide
PRETTY florals in bright colours and anything-goes whimsy are odds-on favourites in the fashion stakes at Lismore Cup this week.
Susan Bennett of Lismore's iconic 50-year-old Bondfield Shoes said ladies are loving footwear options this year. "From a dressy sandal to a retro heel, it's anything goes as long as it's colourful," Susan said.
"There is a bit more white this season but there are just so many colours available," she said.
Dinielle of Lismore fashion retailer Tahiti Hut said stiff formal frocks have made way for a looser floral look.
"It's all about looking pretty this year," Dinielle said.
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: Rain and stilettos are never a good combo
- Fob the fascinator? Try decorating a broad floppy hat
There are no real fashion colours this spring - the only rule is make it bright and plentiful. "We're seeing yellows, oranges and reds and a bit of blue in the floral mix."
For the cash-strapped, the good news is there are no huge changes to last year's spring season. So you can always team something from your wardrobe with a new fascinator and heels.
"A lot of girls are still liking the short dress and the waist dress; and the pleated skirt. But it's pretty, not stiff."
Little fascinators are the perennial favourite with the fillies. The fresh flower full headdress look from previous years has wilted a little, so you can still be fantastic in plastic.
Remember, it's spring carnival - best to prepare for all weather.
On-trend options include soft lapel jackets and loose capes.