The dos and don’ts of racing fashion, 2020-style

This year, we say…
Shoes too shiny? Try slippers instead, or perhaps even your very own bare feet. How cosmopolitan. And the right hat for you does exist, Shoebridge was positively correct in this regard. Perhaps it is the cap you wore on your coffee run this morning. Maybe it is the beanie that kept you warm in your home office this winter. Or maybe it is the fascinator you bought on a whim a few years back and never quite found the confidence to wear. Now is the time. Courage!

Wear it like you mean it: Lucia Hou last year wearing Lucy Laurita and hat by Stevens Hats.  Simon Schluter

In 2017, we said…
Rob Ferris, then menswear buyer at Harrolds, told Stapleton that the rules for men were exceedingly simple. “As long as you’re wearing trousers, a jacket, a shirt and tie, there are no other rules.”

This year, we say…
As long as you’re wearing underwear, there are no other rules.

There were always few fashion rules for men on the big day – although 2020 calls for at least underwear.  Chris Hopkins

In 2018, we said…
Writer Annie Brown looked back in time to some of racing’s most iconic looks, finding that in 1917, the look of the day was a “one-piece pinafore dress, a most convenient dress of the moment”.

This year, we say…
Do it! This kind of outfit is also perfect for when you make the sourdough you started in March.

Angela McCormick wearing a Julie Casey creation at the 2017 event. Eddie Jim

In 2010, we said…
Myer’s former head of fashion and beauty, Judy Coomber, was adamant in telling readers that the races were “not a nightclub. Personally, I wouldn’t encourage much in the way of sequins.”

This year, we say…
Go for gold. Or silver. Or anything with sequins, lamé, frills, tassels, fringes and more. It’s been a bleak old year; your dress need not be.

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