Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Op Shops Perfect Place for Racewear

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Op Shops Perfect Place for Racewear

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Byline: Kate Dodd kate.dodd@thechronicle.com.au

MELBOURNE Cup is the race that stops the nation.

But for those of us who don't really care about the horse racing, it's all about the fashions - whether you're track side at Flemmington Racecourse or at your own racing function.

Many (myself included) fuss over what outfits to wear for the occasion, but it doesn't always have to be about spending big on a new dress, heels, a fascinator and matching accessories.

Ahead of the big race next week, The Chronicle spoke to two fashionistas who do racewear their own way - op shopping and handmade.

Dalby woman Lisa Machin is a serial op shopper, who most recently wore one of her stunning finds at the Clifton Races on Saturday, shared her top five tips for finding racewear.

1. VINTAGE

"Vintage baby," she said.

"The gorgeous cuts, tailoring and prints of vintage clothing are rarely matched in modern ready-to-wear, and the style itself is perfect for classic racewear."

Ms Machin said to select a piece that told a story with its style.

She said to team it with modern accessories to create a vintage look with a contemporary twist that would catch the judge's eye.

2. LENGTH AND LACE

Ms Machin said two things that made op shopping perfect for the Melbourne Cup was the more demure length of skirts and dresses from the older eras, as well as the penchant for lace our foremothers had.

"Capped sleeves, hemlines extending below the knee and swathes of dreamy lace all make op-shopping for raceware a breeze," she said.

"Aim for a statement piece such as a ruffled blouse, printed pencil skirt or 50s style dress and build your outfit around that."

3. HUNT FOR SOMETHING FASCINATING

"As all ladies can attest, the problem with fascinators is you can't wear them to many events before people will start to notice the repetition," she said. …

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