The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is hosting its Ladies Oaks Day race meet. Fashion blogger Danni Morrison in preparation for the big day with race horse Scrabble.
The Sunshine Coast Turf Club is hosting its Ladies Oaks Day race meet. Fashion blogger Danni Morrison in preparation for the big day with race horse Scrabble. Patrick Woods

Fashion icon's tips for Coast's major racing events

FILLIES, frocks and fascinators - what's not to love about a day at the races?

The Daily has spoken with local fashion icon and blogger Danni Morrison to get her tips for what to wear to the Coast's weekend of racing.

What are some of the winter racing trends?

Structured and simple or frilly and fabulous. A tailored suit or understated midi dress with a simple wide brim hat can look just as glamorous as cohesively layering different materials and fabrics with a metallic crown. For perfect winter appropriate attire, try layering your pieces or outfits with sleeves for a comfortable yet, on trend and stylish look. Ruffle and bell sleeves create interest to your outfit and teamed with structured high necks offer lovely balance. Our racecourse will see lots of A-line midi skirts with thick belts and interesting long-sleeve tops as well as thick bodycon dresses colour blocked with matching millinery and accessories.

Headwear options?

Winter racing calls for more luxurious fabric choices and naturally this has a flow-on effect to our millinery selection. Personally, I like to see wide-brim hats, decorative fedoras and intricately detailed crowns using a combination of different materials during our cooler months.

Melbourne Cup celebrations at Corbould Park, Caloundra.Richard Reid with fashion winner Danni Morrison
Melbourne Cup celebrations at Corbould Park, Caloundra.Richard Reid with fashion winner Danni Morrison Warren Lynam

Does race fashion differ on the Coast compared to other race meets?

Fortunately, we are not bound by the strict regulations of Royal Ascot, with their 10cm diameter headpieces a condition of entry, dresses to the knee and season-consistent fashion an absolutely non-

negotiable. We live on the Sunshine Coast for very good reason, and our relaxed coastal vibes should be celebrated not frowned upon. This said, please no togs, pluggers, ripped clothing or mini shorts.

What colours are in this season?

Coming into winter, we naturally see a shift from our normal light, bright and fresh colour palette into more weather-appropriate tones. Colours like olive and emerald green, plum, burgundy, mustard and of course indigo will swarm our racecourse this winter racing season.

What about styling for the men?

Whilst an exquisite combination of thongs, boardies and a Bonds singlet are a complete faux pas for winter racing, three-piece suits with morning coats similar to our recent royal wedding would be considered overkill. Unless of course, you're David Beckham of which, you can wear whatever you please, Sir!

For me, nothing can go past a man in a classic suit with a custom-fit jacket and tie, but I guess I'm old school. I believe we will see a range of custom-fit suits, stripe or check blazers or perhaps vests with a matching men's fedoras.

Melbourne Cup celebrations at Corbould Park, Caloundra.Aiden Matthews
Melbourne Cup celebrations at Corbould Park, Caloundra.Aiden Matthews Warren Lynam

Fashion on the Field advice?

Find your hero piece and run with it! This doesn't necessarily mean a dress - it could be a pair of Louboutin heels or a fabulous headpiece that you must have or will potentially die without. To you, this is the most important piece, so embrace it and start planning the rest. Build your outfit around your hero piece ensuring cohesion between your selection of colour, texture and pattern. Bring together your look with style appropriate jewellery, hair and makeup. However, FOTF is won by that sense of extra-ness so be prepared to go that extra mile than everyone else. Custom headpieces and entire outfits are strong choices for perfectly matched and balanced style and knowing the personal taste of your judges is always good leverage.



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