Fashions on the Field

2021 Richmond Field Days and Races

Theme: Seasonal

Fashion on the Field competitions are a popular part of local race meetings, and are an excellent way of showcasing a race goer’s style and flair. While entering Fashions of the Field is becoming increasingly popular with race goers, there are a few guidelines generally followed by judges that contenders should take into account when composing their outfit.

The key to a successful outfit is appropriateness; it must fall squarely in the category of race wear as well as suiting the season. The term “race wear” incorporates classic, elegant styles – avoid anything tight, revealing, strapless or midriff baring. Do however consider trouser or a jumpsuit, but the same rules apply for length – not shorts. Also keep in mind that races are a daytime event, so be wary of material and shapes that spell out evening, like sequins or high shine materials.

In 2020/21 Richmond Turf Club will transform our Fashions of the Field into a modern virtual based competition. Registrations will be open in the week leading up to the even. A judge will select finalists from entrants in attendance on the day in person or via video link.

It will take you only minutes to enter the competition allowing freedom to enjoy the trackside festivities, premium hospitality and excitement of country racing.  

Announcements will be made for entrants to showcase their outfits in front of spectators after the 3rd Race. The winning entrants will then be announced and awarded their prizes at the sashing ceremony.

**You may be filmed/photographed and footage or images may be used, replicated, reproduced and published by the Richmond Turf Club for any use including but not limited to marketing and promotional use. By entering the Fashions on the Field Competition you consent to being filmed/photographed.

General Hints

  • When selecting the style of your outfit, check for an appropriate length, not more than a few inches above the knee, in the current season the outfit should also have covered shoulders. 
  • In order to successfully coordinate your outfit it is best to start with a colour theme, this will ensure that your hat, bag, headpiece and other accessories complement each other.
  • Popular winning Winter colour schemes include black and white, grey with a brighter colour, darker pastel tones with cream. All black is generally considered too somber for the race wear category.
  • A hat or headwear should always be worn by women entering Fashions of the Field. Winter options include pillbox styles, fascinators and berets, headwear does not need to be a huge statement piece, it should be tasteful and coordinate with your colour scheme.
  • Shoes should have a closed toe, and be worn with stockings or tights. Your bag or clutch should again not be oversized, both size and colour should complement rather than obscure your outfit. Leather or fabric gloves are appropriate for Winter.
  • Jewellery should be chosen to balance your outfit, rather than overpower it. Small stud style earrings are considered the best choice when wearing a hat or headpiece.
  • Grooming is essential, hair should be clean and styled to complement your head wear, bearing in mind it can be more difficult to fix a fascinator in freshly washed hair. The best way to ensure that your hair works with your outfit is to have your hairdresser style your hair and fit your headpiece.
  • Make up should be suitable for day, it is best to avoid very dark lipsticks and heavy eye makeup.

How to Enter

  • Entrants are to self-nominate online & check-in at the Fashions on the Field tent prior to 12pm.
  • Entrants may self-nominate across several categories providing they fit the criteria.
  • Nomination are to submitted on this page using the form below. 
  • Kids Fashions will take place on the day of the event at the sashing ceremony and must fit criteria

**Please note if you do not check-in your nomination will not be considered**

Judges

  • A suitably qualified judge is selected to judge the Fashions on the Field.
  • Judges selected are independent from the Richmond Turf Club and may not reside in Richmond.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Categories

Classic Lady

  • Timeless style and originality, with a clear comprehension of the interpretation of racewear
  • Outfit should be appropriate for the season and the weather on the day ie winter races
  • Attention to detail with accessories, shoes, bag and millinery
  • Headwear is essential ie winter millinery (felt or wool)
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Strictly no bare mid-riffs or spring style millinery

Contemporary/Trendsetter Lady

  • An original outfit demonstrating a stylish interpretation of current trends in fashion
  • Timeless style and originality, with a clear comprehension of the interpretation of racewear
  • Outfit should be appropriate for the season and the weather on the day ie winter races
  • Attention to detail with accessories, shoes, bag and millinery
  • Headwear is essential ie winter millinery (felt or wool) and should be of a contemporary design to compliment the outfit
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Strictly no bare mid-riffs or spring style millinery

Best Dressed Gentleman

  • Should display an understanding of male race wear with appropriateness for the season and the weather on the day ie winter races
  • The outfit should be individualised with accessories such as a hat, lapel flower, cufflinks or pocket handkerchief
  • Jackets, waistcoats and ties in line with current fashion trends are encouraged

Best Dressed Couple

  • Should be individually outstanding and make a coordinated pair
  • Men’s outfits should include suit or jacket and tie
  • Women’s must include headwear and complimentary seasonally suitable accessories
  • Both outfits should reflect current fashion trends and be suitable for the season and weather on the day ie winter races

Best Hat/Millinery

  • Should make a clear fashion statement yet fully compliment the outfit
  • Style and design should demonstrate originality and be appropriate for the season
  • Headwear should be individualised with original detail

Kids Fashion

  • Style and originality of outfit
  • The appropriateness of the outfit for the winter races
  • Attention to detail with accessories, shoes, bag and millinery
  • Winter millinery/headwear
  • Grooming and deportment
  • Fun attitude

ENTRY WILL OPEN ONE WEEK PRIOR TO RACE DAY

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