I am thrilled to be involved with the Fashions on the Sand competition at the inaugural Rockingham Beach Cup.
This is an amazing and unique event - horses racing on the beautiful white sand with the ocean sparkling behind them!
There are a few tickets left that will give you access to both the Gala black tie dinner on Saturday night (12 th November) and the Marquee on Sunday 13 th November, where guests will have the perfect view of the horse races whilst enjoying fine food and entertainment.
But, if you prefer, just come down to the Rockingham foreshore on Sunday. Bring a picnic or book a table at a local restaurant. There is no entrance fee to attend, unless you wish to be in the marquee area! Yep- it's a free event.
So, what do you wear to a race meeting at the beach? Dress as if you are attending a special day at the races - men in neat casual attire, women in dresses and headpieces.
And why not dress to impress, and enter the Fashions on the Sand competition. Although the prize list has not been finalised yet, it will be well worth the effort!
Entry to open to everyone over 18 years old, but limited to 50 entrants, and pre-registration at the Information stand is a requirement.
Here are my guidelines to help you choose your winning outfit, and get you past the post!
1. Your headpiece is the icing on the cake, and you are the cake! Whether it’s a hat, fascinator or a simple headband, the important thing is that the colour, texture, material and size are appropriate for you, your outfit and the season.
2. Your dress (or skirt and top) should be well cut, not too tight,and knee length. Your shoulders should be covered. If you choose to wear a strapless or shoe string strap garment, you must wear a jacket and leave it on. Sequins, evening dresses, midriff baring and clubbing dresses should not be worn to the races.
3. Shoes – for Spring racing, bare, smooth legs and sandals and peep toe are perfectly appropriate. Choose a comfortable heel that won’t sink into the grass, and one that’s not too high for you to be able to walk in gracefully.
4. Clutch – Traditionally this should match your shoes. Clever fashionistas of the field get away with mismatching, but if you are not confident doing this, play it safe.
5. Gloves – Where else in this day and age can you wear gloves? Gloves are optional, but such a beautiful, finishing, stand out from the crowd look.
Elicia Anders is well known for her amazing and often winning fashions at many WA races.
1. Guys, for smart race wear and a winning Fashions on the Sand outfit, wear a modern and well cut suit. Choose a traditional colour, or make a fashion statement with a bold colour or pattern.
2. Wear dark leather shoes and belt. (Yep, those white shoes should have been well and truly put out to pasture by now!)
3. A tie, or bow tie. Silk. Always silk.....
4. A pocketchief to match your shirt and/or tie is impressive.
5. A hat is optional but very appropriate for Fashions on the Sand.
Hope to see you in your finest racing attire at the Rockingham Beach Cup!
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