The look of the Irish
IF YOU want to show your St Patrick's Day spirit and look fashionable tomorrow, you can thank your lucky four-leafed clover.
And says Laurena Hayes, owner of Rockhampton fashion store She's All That, going green is a sure thing for this year's St Patrick's Day Races, which will be the big event at Callaghan Park tomorrow.
"Most people have bought something green, whether it be an all-green outfit or just green accessories," Ms Hayes said yesterday.
"Everyone's getting right into the theme of the day this year."
The race meeting is the first major event on the calendar for the Rockhampton Jockey Club and chief executive Denis Cox said it would be a big one.
"Sales have been really strong," he said.
"A couple of functions have sold out and tickets for the upper level grandstand are all gone too."
Mr Cox said the club was expecting about 3000 patrons to pass through the gates.
"It's a really fun atmosphere, especially fashions on the field," he said.
Ms Hayes said while hats weren't as big this year, eye-catching fascinators were very popular.
She also said simple dresses and standout accessories were in style.
"A lot of people are still going with colours, but teaming them with creams or black," she said.
"But the great thing about the races is everyone's different."
For the gentlemen, Cory Furber from Rockhampton's Swarv Menswear, said '70s styles were making a comeback with piped waist coasts, bow ties and suspenders some of the top styles.
"Usually guys are last-minute though - and this race day is no different," he said.
"I'm expecting a lot of guys coming in first thing Saturday morning."
ST PATRICK'S DAY RACES
- Gates open at 10am, bars at 10.30am
- First race at 1.42pm
- Adults $15, Pensioners $5 (children under 18 free, but must be accompanied by parent/guardian)
- Free buses to O'Dowd's Irish Pub after races