Fashion to the fore at races

Katrina Bennett, Emily Hetherington and Kate Delany don some racing hats from Classic Dimensions in preparation for this year's Warwick Cup meeting on October 13.
Katrina Bennett, Emily Hetherington and Kate Delany don some racing hats from Classic Dimensions in preparation for this year's Warwick Cup meeting on October 13. Georja Ryan

FASHIONISTAS across the Southern Downs will be stripping their wardrobes bare over the next fortnight in the search of that perfect race day outfit.

The countdown is on to this year's Warwick Cup and for the ladies hoping to impress in Fashions on the Field, this means slapping on the lippy, slipping on the stilettos and squeezing into that to-die-for dress that's been begging to be worn.

Guest judges Andra Bite, a marketing and public relations guru specialising in fashion, along with Sharen Kenny, a former international model, fashion host and stylist, will travel from Brisbane to judge and will be scouting the crowd on Cup day looking for finalists in three categories - Classic, Contemporary and Couples.

Yes, lads. That means pulling out the suit and tie.

Ms Bite, who also breeds racehorses with her parents in Allora, is no stranger to the racing scene and offered a few tips for fashionistas planning their outfit for the day.

"Spring racing should be about colour, so I encourage everyone to embrace the season with lots of colour," Ms Bite said.

"With recent fashion trends such as colour blocking and neon, I'd imagine entrants could be drawing on those trends in their outfits but the key to success is to use those in moderation and make sure they actually work, not clash, with an outfit."

She said judges would be on the lookout for class.

"Most importantly, racewear should be track appropriate and exude ladylike elegance," Ms Bite said.

"Another important consideration is dress or skirt length, which should be just above the knee or just below."

Co-judge Sharen Kenny, has similar advice for those dressing to impress on Cup Day and said she was excited to see what Warwick had on show.

"I am looking forward to meeting and greeting the lovely ladies of Warwick and being a part of Cup day," she said.

More than $5000 worth of cash and prizes are on offer. To book tickets, phone 0408 776 673.

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