THAT’S COLOUR: The 2013 Lismore Cup – Dee Dee Chenille, Lismore’s first burlesque exchange student and fashions on the field entrant from Phakatane, New Zealand.
THAT’S COLOUR: The 2013 Lismore Cup – Dee Dee Chenille, Lismore’s first burlesque exchange student and fashions on the field entrant from Phakatane, New Zealand. The Northern Star

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.



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