SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE DISCUSS USE WITH YOUR EDITOR - FASHION FORWARD: Millinery is Verelle O'Shanesy's real love, but when judging the Fashions on the Field, she's looking for the full package.
SOCIAL MEDIA IMAGE DISCUSS USE WITH YOUR EDITOR - FASHION FORWARD: Millinery is Verelle O'Shanesy's real love, but when judging the Fashions on the Field, she's looking for the full package. Facebook

How to dress for this year's races

IT WAS a passion for fashion and a love of creativity that began Verelle O'Shanesy's journey to millinery and working in the fashion industry.

Having been a milliner for several years now after attending a workshop that sparked her new career, Ms O'Shanesy knows the ins and outs of race day fashion, especially in regard to headwear.

As this year's judge of the Fashions on the Field for the Saints Race Day this weekend, Ms O'Shanesy is looking for what she describes as the "full package”.

"I look for something that takes my eye, something that sells style,” she said.

"Certainly the millinery has to complement the outfit. I look for the little extra touches as well - the gloves, and really stylish outfit.

"Something that's just a bit unique and special.”

Typical race day fashion differs between each person, both male and female, according to the judge.

"With regard to headwear, big hats are still really popular and headbands are being worn a lot around the race track for the women,” Ms O'Shanesy said.

"With regard to men, there's a lot of emphasis on the way men dress for the fashions on the field.

"Pocket squares, lapel flowers, ties, bow ties, hats ... the men are putting in a lot of time and effort into their outfits these days and that's really great to see.”

If you're looking to win at this year's Fashions on the Field, the more modest the clothing, the more brownie points you earn.

"We're looking for race wear that's appropriate,” Ms O'Shanesy said.

"Not the really short skirts and not the revealing clothes. More modest attire, and not something you'd wear to an evening function.”


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