Race fans to turn on the style
HATS, fascinators or hatinators? They’re the must-have accessory for the racing season and this Saturday’s Action Auto Group 2010 Gympie Cup is the day to frock up in style.
Dressing for the races is back in vogue, says Gympie Turf Club committee member and Fashion on the Field coordinator Chris Hamilton.
For ladies, a stand-out outfit is a given, but even the blokes are taking a little extra care with their appearance and suiting up in style.
After decades in the menswear business, Ross Connolly and Nev Lorensen of Mary Street’s Mr Executive have seen fashion trends come and go.
At the moment, pinstripe suits are streaking to the lead in popularity, according to Mr Connolly, who says business always picks up when the spring racing season begins.
With the Gympie Cup on Saturday, Gympie region residents are hitting the shops and splurging a little.
Shoenique’s Elly Walton said the Gympie racing crowd loved the chance to dress up.
“The Gympie Turf Club is now extremely strong – one of the strongest clubs in Queensland,” Mrs Walton said.
“Men and women have found a place to dress up and the young ones are embracing it.”
While hats are always a winner trackside, Mrs Walton said fascinators and “hatinators” had been selling well.
For those who like to strut their stuff, Mrs Hamilton said there were great prizes to win in the Fashion on the Field competition.
“We have two categories for women – traditional/classic and contemporary, a best dressed couple category and the best hat on the day.
“We always have a lot of people who dress up,” she said.
“People really look forward to it and enjoy planning their outfits. And it’s good for the town.”
Sunshine Coast Myer stylist Diana Mullins will be the judge, with registrations taken from 1pm to 2pm.
The Gympie Cup is the richest event of the racing year in Gympie. The 1600m Cup carries $15,000 in prizemoney plus $650 in trophies.
Joining Gympie racegoers will be members from Brisbane’s Tattersalls Racing Club.
All the action starts at 12noon.