Nothing beats the sheer exhilaration of a day at the races and there are many Australian racetracks which stage regular meetings throughout the year. A number of courses such as Sydney-based Royal Randwick perfectly balances sport, culture and fashion into their race days and there's no better excuse for attendees to strive for complete sartorial elegance.
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While the top class horse racing is often considered to be the highlight of the meetings at Royal Randwick, fashion regularly steals the headlines with a number of show-stopping outfits on display. The Australian Turf Club has a relatively strict dress code for events such as the Spring and Sydney Carnival stipulating that racegoers must dress formally and look the part.
Outfits are often planned and prepared months in advance as the fashion conscious crowd aim to outdo one another track-side. Vogue regularly hold the Fashion Chute competition which made a return to the venue in October 2017 and encourages visitors to be photographed on the octagonal lawn with judges selecting eight finalists based on sophistication, creativity and individuality. Prizes last year included a $500 makeover from Toni & Guy and a Longines watch.
There are a number of rules to consider when putting together a striking outfit for Royal Randwick. These include avoiding anything too tight or strapless. Racecourse organisers also encourage ladies to consider trousers or a jumpsuit and all outfits are required to fall at the knee or below. A headpiece is also necessary to gain entry to some of the more prestigious meetings on their calendar.
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It's not just the ladies who get the opportunity to stand out from the crowd and look radiant in the Springtime sunshine, with Fashion Chute also open to gentlemen attending the racecourse. A button collared shirt is an essential with formal dress shoes also required in order to gain entry.
While impressing the judges and fellow racegoers is the priority, there are a number of practical elements to consider when preparing for a day at Royal Randwick. Comfortable footwear is vital as many punters will be on their feet for the majority of the day, while ladies who may be crossing the turf at some stage of their visit should consider a much thicker heel to avoid the embarrassment of becoming wedged in the ground. There are different requirements for both Springtime and Autumnal meetings so always factor in the predicted weather conditions before making a final decision.
With fashion very much the focus of so many of these races meets, it's easy to forget the reason many people flock to the event, to enjoy a flutter. Many guests of the racecourse are near-novices and sites such as ChampionBets level the playing field by offering reliable daily horse racing tips which you can use to your advantage when placing a wager at the racetrack. Of course, the bar is flowing, and there are also plenty of dining options available for visitors who wish to immerse themselves in the whole racing experience.
The 'sport of kings' provides an unforgettable day out for Sydney-based racegoers and the action on the turf regularly goes hand-in-hand with the sartorial masterclass that can be seen in the stands. Royal Randwick provides a great chance for fashionistas to strut their stuff at the track and turn a number of heads in the process.