Cara Rodd and Jennifer Simpson up the style stakes at the Newmarket Race Day at Callaghan Park.
Cara Rodd and Jennifer Simpson up the style stakes at the Newmarket Race Day at Callaghan Park. Allan Reinikka

Fashions on the Field

IT TAKES hours of preparation, grooming and training before hitting the track.

And we're not just talking about the horses, jockeys and trainers.

For Central Queensland's fashion-conscious women (and men) Fashions on the Field is just as integral a part of any race day.

The style stakes were high at Rocky's Newmarket Race Day yesterday, but nowhere near the fashion frenzy expected tomorrow for Keppel Coast Communications Rockhampton Cup Day.

The atmosphere is always filled with excited chatter and colourful outfits that overwhelm the Callaghan Park racing grounds, proof this event grows in leaps and bounds every year.

Any excuse for the women to get dressed to the nines will do, and what better way to strut your stuff than amid an array of glamorous events and social occasions during the race day.

It's a day to dress to impress and arrive abundant in elegance and finesse. Women from far and wide flock to Callaghan Park in the colourful creations that will be on show.

And with the incentive of winning “best dressed” on the day, the women will be pulling out all stops to look fabulous throughout the fun, fashion and entertainment-filled day.

The Phil Peel Leading Edge Jewellery's Fashions on the Field will consist of three divisions: Women 30 years and under, Women over 30 years and the Best Dressed Gent. Entry is free and there are some great prizes to be won on the day.

Top Sky Racing journalist and style guru Jo McKinnon will judge the competition and give her best tips to ensure no there are no wardrobe malfunctions on the day.

“I think it's important to dress according to your age, style and physique, and not just follow the trends; it's all about individual style. You'll look a lot better if you dress sensibly and efficiently rather than following the trends just for the sake of it,” she said.

Jo always looks forward to her visits to the Beef Capital, especially in racing season.

“I love that part of Queensland and that country style of hospitality and the history of being in the Beef Capital, especially at this time of the year where racing is at the forefront and a major part of the social culture,' she said.

“Rockhampton's got a really good energy, and I always enjoy my time up there.”

This season's colours and styles are audacious and diverse, ranging from the nudes and creams, to textured winter fabrics that will turn heads.

As the cooler months set in, the predominant tones will be soft greys, camel and beige to suit draping and layering styles, a flattering feature this season.

Also leading looks trackside this winter is ladylike chic with a '50s twist stealing the scene with cinched-in waists and elongated hemlines.

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