Fashion stakes reach new heights come the Melbourne Cup
THE ladies of Toowoomba might have a chance in the fashion stakes with reigning Fashions on the Field winner not taking part in any events on Tuesday.
Last year, Cathy Ferguson was named the best dressed female on Melbourne Cup day at the Clifford Park racecourse.
Her Karen Millen black, beige and lace dress teamed with a black pumps and clutch was deemed best on track.
The outfit was topped off with a unique, couture hat from close friend and milliner Tracey O'Connor.
This year, however, Ms Ferguson is not frocking up for Melbourne Cup, instead opting for a quieter day at home.
"I've had my glory moment," she laughed.
Ms Ferguson still will however keep an interested eye on the fashions of the day.
"Melbourne Cup is usually a colourful event, but I think there will be even a bit more colour this year," she said.
She believes the trick to nailing a perfect track-side outfit is the hat.
"The main thing that makes the outfit is the hat," she said.
"You can have a nice outfit, but it is the hat that really makes it and picks it up a bit more."
Ms Ferguson also recommends paying particular attention to shoes and accessories like bags and clutches to ensure a complete look.
Fashion stylist to the stars Jo Ferguson
Tips for naming a winning track-side outfit
- Women: Don't flash the flesh, wear comfortable shoes, don't wear too much make-up or overdo the fake tan, let the dress be the hero.
- Men: Look sharp in a well fitted suit with colourful tie, pocket chief and even socks.
Readers offer their fashion tips via Facebook
- Carol Feathers-Missus: Comfortable shoes are a must!! If you have trouble styling your hair, slick it back in a ponytail and wear a big fascinator. Make sure you have a handbag big enough for your mobile to fit in, and if all else fails, wear a top hat!
- Amanda Draheim: The 'Less is More' advice should be heeded when choosing accessories and applying make up but never when choosing a frock!
- Carla Hel: Always use a milliner!! A store-bought special isn't going to cut it.
- Sharon Carlyle: Dress with a bit of class. Don't have it all hanging out.