HELP! Formals, School Reunions and Race Day attire strategies.

We’ve all been there, we open the wardrobe and stare blankly and all the “must haves” on the hanger and nothing seems right. The wedding invitation arrives and the dress code states Formal.  Formal, but who’s idea of formal, please God let it NOT be the Year 12 School formal type of formal. Nobody needs to go there again, all those ringlet up do’s and OTT tizz dresses blah! Or is it the full “Black Tie” type of formal. In my book, that equals full-length evening gown and bling jewels and I don’t mind this one but it gets very expensive. Let’s face it - $350+ for a dress that’s never going to be worn again, seriously! 


Or, is it the modern take on formal that means if you are a young lady of say less than 25 years, you can wear any dress you like, the shorter the better with as much cleavage as possible. So where does that leave the rest of us? My experience of late means that the words formal dress on wedding invitations means please don’t wear jeans.  Even if they are your very best $600 Cora Straight Super T, True Religion jeans – they are not wedding attire.


Another favourite is Race Day. Darby Day is easy, black and white with any fascinator resembling a magpie and you are more than ready for Fashions on the Field. Any other race day well, where do we start? 


Firstly remember, fascinators are a “must”, the more ridiculous, the better. Really high heels that are going to cripple you by the end of the day are also a “must.”  A tiny clutch purse that fitsnothing more than your favourite fire engine red lipy, credit card and tiny mobile phone is a “must.”  And then a dress that makes you look super slim highlights your newly coiffed hair and shows off your spray tan to your best advantage is also a “must”.  


After much research scrolling through official Race Dy Fashion websites, Vogue, etc… I can honestly tell you that there is absolutely no trend here, therefore I have absolutely no frocking idea as to what to wear for Race Day. But here is a tip, make sure its long enough to not flash our knickers in the event of a tumble due to your ridiculously high heels and one too many Chardies! 


Now let’s not forget the 20 Year (or in my case, 30 years) High School Reunion.  Nothing gets you ready for this, now remember, or at least in my case, the last time you saw most of these people was 1983 and it was all very big hair, very big shoulder pads and lots of plastic jewellery. We’re all now in our mid-forties, (don’t do the math) most of us have had kids and OMG – seriously - What am I going to wear?  A super hold in, squash-all girdle for a start. Seriously, this is a toughie. Oh, the anguish. My best advice is to pick something that makes you feel good.  


Here are a few pointers… Don’t go looking like a slapper, so nothing too short or revealing. Animal print is okay in moderation, heels are good (except when you are dancing around your handbag) and don’t dance with your arms over your head, that’s never been a good look (it is inevitable  though I fear).  


Now I did find some ebsites that offered some basic (boring) advice but… for mine, find a boutiue that offers a wide range of looks and has sales staff ready to assist (and I mean really assist) and that is suggest, fetch, style, wait on you, make you feel good and make sure that you achieve that all important WOW factor. 


After all, it is your high school reunion for God’s sake! Just remember “I have far too many clothes, handbags and shoes,” said no women ever and if we always had something to wear there would be no need to go shopping, can you imagine?  


So stay tuned for more riveting fashion advice as next month where we tackle fashions biggest question, “smart casual” the who, what, why, when and how.

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