Take in the races in style
Confidence, staying on-trend and attention to detail are key to getting the nod from judges at the Pacific Jewellers Wellington Cup Fashion in the Field competition on Saturday, says 2012 supreme winner Makere Bradnam.
But having a great time is definitely the most the important thing of all.
"You have just got to have fun," Bradnam says.
"It's not too serious."
Bradnam, 26, and her friend Maya Gaebler, 27, fashion ambassadors for the Wellington Cup at Trentham Racecourse in Upper Hutt, will be scouting out and taking snaps of the most creative and original headpieces on Saturday.
Their choices will go into the finals, from which the judges will pick the "Hat of the Carnival" winner.
Gaebler says: "Last year, I wore a magenta dress to the races and I had a plain black fascinator that had netting over the top.
"I found some earrings that had lots of magenta feathers and I just plucked them out and added them to my fascinator to tie it in.
"You don't have to be shy about going big and bold with your hat."
Gaebler and Bradnam, who are both models and write the fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle blog mayamakere.com, say race day is a time to dress like a lady. Dresses should be classic styles, and knee-length at least, shoes should be strappy heels or wedges, and headpieces are essential.
"If you're entering Fashion in the Field, you need a hairdo, rather than just having it out," Gaebler says.
"It depends what your headpiece is doing."
Bradnam's 2012 winning number comprised of a Sass & Bide dress, pink heels from Melbourne retail outlet Myer, and a pink fascinator made by her partner's mother.
"When I did it, colour-blocking was the trend, so that's what I stuck to.
"My dress had heaps of colours . . . orange and pinks and yellows and blacks that you would never think would go together."
THE WOW FACTOR
2012's supreme winner Makere Bradnam gives tips for wowing the judges:
RACE DAY ESSENTIALS
Maya and Makere's essential items to take in your clutch:
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