26 Tuesday October 25 2016 Fashion SELWYN TIMES Looking the part on race day Annabelle Dick looks at race day trends AS THE New Zealand Cup and Show Week approaches, now is a good time to start planning that race day outfit. This is Canterbury’s biggest fashion event on the calendar so ladies start organising your look to get ahead of the queues. Here’s some things to consider when planning this year’s cup day look What to wear: Loose-fitting, slinky spaghettistrap dresses look good on almost any one. While simple, they scream chic. These dresses will be a common sight on the field this year but how you choose to accessorise it will make all the difference. Slip dresses are a good base so you can go all out and be creative in other ways. Pair with some lace-up heels and statement earrings for a sleek look. Full-length jumpsuits have made a hard and fast comeback and will undoubtedly be a strong contender for the outfit of choice. Opt for a jumpsuit in on-trend HEADWEAR: Make sure you’re flaunting a headpiece at New Zealand Cup & Show Week like these fascinators made by Mary Outram. PHOTOS: MARCUS NEE/ MAKE UP: KM MAKEUP hues, such as fiesta red or buttercup yellow, to really stand out. This year you can’t go wrong with hues of grey-blue, pastel pink, nude tones and bright red. Accessories: Personally, I like to keep my accessories very minimal. I’m not big on colour when it comes to accessorising because the chances of me wearing something brightly-coloured again is pretty slim. Instead, I keep it low-key with metallics, nude tones and pastels. If you’re wearing florals, choose a subtle colour from your dress for your accessories. More subtle colours will bring your outfit together so think about muted tones like beige, grey, white or metallic. If you are wearing a block colour, you can create contrast with your shoes, bag and hat. Mustard yellow can look fab with white accessories and, if you’re scared of colour, a bright polish on your toes can really finish an outfit nicely. A clutch is essential – you will need somewhere to put your lippy if your day involves hours of race-watching and drinking bubbles. And you’ll also need somewhere to put all those winning tickets. Shoes: Your bag and shoes don’t have to match, just think about how they look in a tone sense and dress accordingly. This year I’ve been really big on block heels. They look slick and they’re oh-so comfy, which makes them a perfect cup day pick. Each year at the races, I see women struggle in sky-high stilettos and I feel second-hand embarrassment as I watch them on their tip-tops to avoid digging their heels into the muddy grass. Don’t be her this year. Alongside block heels, mules look good with almost anything and they are just as comfortable. But if you’re a bit sceptical about ditching the pumps, opt for lace-up heels. They’re a great statement if your dress is more nondescript and needs a pick-me-up. Headwear: The fascinator has become one of the hottest items worn by women to the races – mainly because it’s a smaller component of an outfit and it usually comes with a smaller price tag. Fascinators allow creativity and can add a lot of volume to a look. Whether you’re a first time attendee or a devoted race-goer, definitely make sure you’re rocking a head piece this year. Opt for a statement head piece like those seen on, and made by, Christchurch fashion queen Mary Outram. Check out maryoutram.com to buy one of her lush, hand-made crowns and fascinators.
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