Whether you’re a regular FOTF entrant or just heading to the track for a fun day out, here’s a few tips for how to prepare for your next trip to the track.
First – Research the day online and see if there are any specific dress codes ie. colour theme. If you are entering FOTF, check if pre-registration is available online and what time the competition starts etc. *Note, some race clubs don’t post this information until as late as one week before the event. If it is an event you’re particularly interested in, you can always email them or give them a call to ask.
Second – take a look at the Racecourse Entry Guidelines. You may be able to pre-purchase tickets online, saving you time and money. Check what time the gates open and ensure you’re there as early as possible if you want to get a table or sit in a specific area. There may also be some information on whether or not you are allowed to bring food and drinks into the venue (I’ve never been to a track that allows BYO alcohol but most tracks allow food and un-opened drinks into General Admission areas). I also like to save a Racecourse Map to my phone if I am unfamiliar with the venue.
Third – consider taking some our Recommended Items along with you, see below!
STAY DRY & WARM
Umbrella – You can opt for a smaller compact option, but there’s something about a clear umbrella that is so fun! Grab one for less than $5 from Daiso. Available In Store, Under $5
Raincoat – If you’re wearing silk or a similarly delicate fabric, I would opt for a raincoat. Again, clear = classy! Milano Imai Midi-Length Transparent Raincoats are Available Online, $45
Pashminas – I own at least twenty pashminas and never leave the house without one. I love the various brands from David Jones which you can pick up in literally every colour! Available Online and In Store, $39.95
Heel Protectors – most of us have experienced stained or damaged heels from sinking into the turf at the track. Try Starlettos Crystal Clear Heel Protectors – one Size fits all, for heels between 8mm and 14mm across. If they are a little too loose, I take a little glad wrap to wrap around the base of my heel. Available Online, $16.99
Mini Hairspray – A must for pesky fly-aways! Tresemmé Styling Mini Hairspray Extra Hold is my pick. Available Online and In Store at Various Locations, $4.29
Bobby Pins – To ensure your hair style stays put. Lady Jayne Bobby Pins are available in Brown, Blonde or Black. Available Online and In Store at Various Locations, $3.29 for 25
Longwear Lipstick – I have tried and tested many lippies in my time. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain are my favourite by far! Available in 8 colours, they give you a long lasting stain with just the right amount of gloss. Also super easy to apply! Available Online and In Store at Various Locations, $17.95
Pressed Powder – we live in a blessedly warm country and tend to get shiny during the day. Be sure to pack your brand of choice.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
Safety Pins – these little babies have saved me and my fellow race-goers from many-a fashion emergency! Birch 100 Pack Assorted Safety Pins from Kmart are available Online and In Store, $3.95
Baby Wipes – I swear Baby Wipes have some secret powerful ingredient no-one tells us about. I have seen them remove some nasty stains from white clothing on the run. Be sure to take a travel pack, Wet Ones Be Fresh Original Antibacterial Hand & Body Wipes are available Online and In Store from Priceline, $1.99 for a Travel 15 Pack
Gel Heel Inserts – if you haven’t tried them before, just buy some. You will thank me later. Scholl Party Feet Ultra Slim Gel Cushions are available Online and In Store at Various Locations, $9.95
Flats – when you absolutely can’t keep your heels on any longer, try Flipsters Foldable Flats. They fold up into a cute little zipped pouch and are available in lots of gorgeous colours. Available Online from the Iconic, $44.95
Band Aids – of all the brands and types, the best band aids for me are Elastoplast Extra Flexible Fabric Plasters. Great for blisters and I’ve even used them on the underside of a dress to secure a tear! Available from Woolworths and various Chemists, $3.29 for 20
Sunscreen – for an easy, grease-free sunscreen you can spritz on around your outfit without damaging it, try Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist SPF 30+. Available Online and In Store at Various Locations, $14.99
Emergency Sewing Kit – we’ve all probably got one from a hotel lying around. Particularly handy if you loose a button or have a small tear.
Spare Earring Backs – when I lose an earring I always keep the others’ back. I take a pair in my clutch to the track just in case.
Pen – for signing up for FOTF, or writing on your form guide or TAB betting slips.
Business Cards – even if you’re not in the racing fashion industry, the races have to be one of the best places to network!
For those looking for a few tips on the ACTUAL track, my next blog will be Best Bets: Spring 2017 Edition – stay tuned xoxo