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PRACTICALITY and colour are the codes Ipswich women should live by for this year’s Ipswich Cup.

Manager of Katies at Redbank Shopping Centre, Yvonne Malaschevsky, said wearing bright colours was a must for the June 18 event.

“Colours such as orange or purple are in this year,” she said.

“Leopard print is also popular and always works well at a race day.

“Fascinators are in while big hats are out.

“Women should remember that it is winter now and it will be cold on the big day so you will need a coat. Being practical is important because you will be there all day.

“So wearing comfortable shoes is a must. Sometimes it’s not all about style, you want to be comfortable as well.”

Ms Malaschevsky said that while wearing an orange coloured dress was very fashionable for Cup day, having orange coloured skin was not an appropriate look.

“Forget the spray tan this year, you don’t want to look orange all day,” she said.

Manager of Odgi Clothing at Redbank Shopping Centre, Dianne Rae, said fur coats were a great option for women who wanted to keep warm this race day.

“The fashion this Cup day is very feminine, very lady-like,” Ms Rae said.

“You do not want to wear something you would wear to a night club. The outfits should be more elegant, more sophisticated.

“Fur coats are a great classy option for when the evening approaches.

“Big fascinators are in and so are bright colours.

“The look you should be going for is very lady-like.”

This year’s Ipswich Cup is on track to break the event’s crowd record.

In fact Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said everything would be bigger and better at the Ipswich Cup this year.

Far from its relatively humble days a decade or so ago, Ipswich Cup Day is all about big numbers; numbers such as the estimated day turnover for Ipswich races on Tattsbet, which is predicted at $4,000,000.

There is 7000sq m of temporary shelter marquees erected for the day with 800 staff or contractors on site to pull the event off.

Mr Kitching said the number of people in the marquees, except for the infield Breezer marquee, would be the same as last year and there was a possibility the overall crowd would be larger.

“Since 2005, which was my first Ipswich Cup, things have changed so much,” he said.

“The year before, 3500 people were in marquees; last year it was 13,000.”

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