Race Day Ready: Experts Tips

What are the key-colours this season? What are the race day do’s and don’ts? What’s trending? We chat with three of Adelaide’s most-stylish race goers, Morphettville Racecourse ambassador, Daniella Adey, Westfield stylist, Jamie Reilly and Burnside Village stylist, Cimon Vozzo to find out everything you need to know on staying fabulous and on-trend this Autumn Racing Carnival.

Jamie Reilly 


What are your top three fashion trends for autumn?
I love dressing for the races, especially for autumn/winter, because lots of tailoring and suiting is involved. My top three trends are tailoring, big shoulders and beaded headwear. Swap the straw hats and feminine lightweight dresses for trousers, jumpsuits or a structured midi dress, and headwear made from felt, mixed metals and beading are a great way to add character to your look.

What style tips do you have for looking great throughout the day?
Drink lots of water! You can tell in your eyes how healthy/hydrated you are. Make sure you have powder for your t-zone and re-touch your lippy throughout the day to keep looking fresh.

What is your favourite part about the Autumn Racing Carnival?
I love getting dressed up, getting all the girls together and having a laugh and the occasional bet. It’s always such a fun day out! Never disappoints!

Daniella Adey


What are your-top five do’s and don’ts for race day?

Make sure your outfit is race appropriate and try to avoid anything too revealing, short or tight.
Ensure your shoes are comfortable – consider a wedge or pump if you’re not confident in a stiletto. Keep in mind you will be on your feet all day!
Your accessories must work well with your outfit. Make sure your shoes, bag, jewellery and headpiece match or complement each other.
Drink in moderation!
A statement headpiece is a must.

Don’t be afraid to wear something out of your comfort zone, dress to impress!
Don’t be boring when it comes to hats for autumn, ditch the straw and think velvet or leather instead.
Keep in mind that this is a day event so having your makeup minimal is best, you want to look fresh.
Don’t show too much skin, race day is not about exposure.
Remember no chipped nails or bad fake tan.

What outfits will you be sporting during the Autumn Racing Carnival?
I have a couple options in mind, all by my friends at Australian Fashion Labels. My selects include bold, rich autumn tones and big sleeves, very fashion-forward and on-trend this season. I can’t wait to show you!

Tell us your top three fashion trends for autumn (racing outfit-inspired)!
Two-piece suitsare definitely on-trend and are a personal favourite of mine. We have been seeing these a lot on the autumn/winter 19 runways and no doubt we will be seeing this particular trend styled trackside this season.

Statement sleeves are a classic autumn trend. The puffy and/or detailed sleeve is a stand-out and means you can keep your head-piece and accessories to a minimum.

Autumn florals are always a classic, safe choice when it comes to the races.

 Cimon Vozzo (Right)


What are three affordable ways to stay on-trend for less this Autumn Racing Carnival?
My advice is to splurge on core pieces in your wardrobe and add in-trend pieces that don’t cost a fortune. This will keep you on-trend and won’t break the bank.

How can you make a key autumn trend like the tailored suit work for different body shapes?
If you’re tall and want to try the tailored suit I would suggest a longer line double-breasted jacket with a slim tailored pant, but for someone who is shorter I would suggest a blazer-style jacket worn open with a silk cami and either culotte-style pants (this will give you length) or even a pair of shorts to match your blazer.

 What are some race day do’s and don’ts?
Do wear comfortable footwear! A big ‘don’t’ for me is when you see ladies who are walking without shoes on at the end of the day. My tip is to wear block heels, they are always more comfortable for a great day at the races.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your outfit and grab your tickets to the Autumn Racing Carnival at Morphettville Racecourse, here.