From our Archive:
1986 – PRINCESS DIANA (WITH PRINCESS ANNE) AT ROYAL ASCOT
Sharing laughter will always be in style (as will a medium sized polka-dot … it exists outside the realm of fashion and has a certain timeless charm).
GET THE LOOK: The playful wide brim hat will keep your hairstyle in place, but skip matching the brim to your dress. Opt for a block colour over a printed hat. Dress-wise, take out the shoulder pads and minimise the rouching – a polka-dot needs no other adornment to make an impact.
1936: SOPHISTICATED LADY AT ROYAL ASCOT
Circular cut ruffles, a demure length and perforated gloves? This look could be worn now without an inch of adjustment. Loving the extremely vintage Lanvin vibe.
GET THE LOOK: Buy Lanvin. Wear with a wide brimmed hat. Enjoy the drama of gloves on a day when no one else has thought to use this accessory.
2014: JESSICA GOMES AT THE CAULFIELD CUP
The straw boater hat was MADE for the races. The white stiletto, the fit and form of a neo-candy-striped dress and the fresh-cut look of Jessica Gomes hair is a winner.
GET THE LOOK: Run into David Jones and search for this dress. Heels by Jimmy Choo (or Sachi if your credit card is at its limit). The boater hat in raffia can be obtained from us.
2006: KATE BOSWORTH AT FLEMINGTON
This little lace confection looks as amazing now as it did EIGHT years ago (thanks to the blockbuster Baz Lurhman’s “The Great Gatsby.”)
GET THE LOOK: Flapper dresses were made for movement (and on racing carnival days where the weather is able to turn at the proverbial drop of a hat, you’re sure to get some skirt swing). Swap the closed toe t-bar pumps for a t-bar sandal (how YSL), and save the jewellery for your wrists. Opt for a simple cloche shape to keep that bob picture perfect.
1982: JERRY HALL (WITH MARIE HELVIN) AT ROYAL ASCOT
The future Mrs Jagger shows us the origins of the power suit in the early 80s, in monochromatic black and white (with gold and pearl accents) she demonstrates the power of coordinating your dress with your friend (get snap-chatting now).
GET THE LOOK: Keep the double breasted jacket, but cut a finer lapel (think Tom Ford – his sharp suiting is always right). Elongate the brim of the hat (to balance a narrower collar) and remember the Coco Chanel advise: “before leaving the house, a lady looks in the mirror and removes one thing” – restraint in accessories is the key to elegance.
2014: KATE WATERHOUSE AT ROYAL RANDWICK
Style blogger, social commentator and heir to everything racing, Kate Waterhouse should be your spirit animal for 2014. In petal pink and a demure, lady-like length, this look was an absolute winner off the field.
GET THE LOOK: Keep the length below the knee and add a fashion shoe in this seasons must-have-neutral python. A wide-brimmed fedora keeps the look chic and with that all important air of nonchalance.