Huge response to Morning Bully opinion piece on race attire

Reporter Melanie Plane dressed to impress at the Caulfield Cup Race Day in Rockhampton.
Reporter Melanie Plane dressed to impress at the Caulfield Cup Race Day in Rockhampton.

Huge response to opinion piece

THERE was a huge response from the opinion piece I wrote on racing etiquette which was published in Tuesday's edition.

While I apologise if I have offended anyone in particular, I am sticking to my guns as to what is appropriate attire and behaviour at the races.

I would like to make it clear that I am not against women and men showing a bit of skin, flaunting their bodies and being proud of their bodies - I own plenty of short dresses etc. But, I do believe there is a time and a place.

There are dress rules, regulations and standards in almost every situation in life, from the classroom to the work place and I don't believe the race course should be any different.

At the end of the day, this is simply my opinion and everyone is free to do as they please regardless.

Thank you for all of your feedback, be it either negative or positive, as it has generated lots of conversation.

Too much skin on show at the races

WHATEVER happened to class at the races?

When I dream of race day, I picture ladies in their best and men dressed to the nines.

But every single year, without a doubt, those dreams are shattered by a girl's overexposed breasts or bottom, or a bloke who's had one too many rums and decides yelling "show us yer' tits" is a totally acceptable pick-up line.

Now, I enjoy a few drinks and a bit of a party as much as the next person, but there's nothing elegant or classy about stumbling around by 2pm with your dress riding up so far I can see your underwear, multiple nip slips and incoherent, crass conversation.

Call me old-fashioned and a bit prudish, but it's downright revolting and it's time for a change.

It's not acceptable at Flemington, Royal Randwick, Rosehill or Ascot racecourses, so why is it somehow acceptable here?

Heck, I've heard of celebrities and members of high society being turned away from the Melbourne Cup for being too scantily clad or behaving inappropriately; what's stopping the security at Callaghan Park from turning away or kicking out highly intoxicated, ill-mannered and over exposed patrons, too?

The races should be a day of class, elegance and high fashion - a day to look your best, feel your best and behave your best.

And a day where I shouldn't feel out of place or laughed at for wearing the gloves passed down to me by my great-grandmother, a dress that reaches or passes my knees, and a top that doesn't expose my breasts.

Whether you're male or female, young or old, if you want people to respect you, you need to respect yourself first.

As a rule of thumb, ladies and gentleman: If you wouldn't wear the outfit (headwear aside) to a family wedding or if you'd fit in wearing it down at your local nightclub the next week, don't wear it to the races.

While the prettiest dress or dashing suit can sometimes cost a pretty penny, manners, morals and class have and will always come free.

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