Fashion is key when it comes to impressing at the Ipswich Cup.
Fashion is key when it comes to impressing at the Ipswich Cup. Kate Czerny

Vintage theme wins the day at Fashions on the Field

PARTYGOERS across the region are preparing for the social and fashion event of the year, as the Ipswich Cup is just 18 sleeps away.

Over $7000 in prizes are up for grabs over three categories including Most Fashionable Female, Sharpest Dressed Man and Finest Attired Couple.

To celebrate the 150th year of the Ipswich Cup, there will be a special category for Best Vintage Outfit.

Visitors to the biggest racing meet in the state are encouraged to dress in outfits that visitors to the first Ipswich Cup in 1866 might have worn.

"Outfits from that era include for the gentlemen, things like top hats, suspenders to keep up the trouser, suits with tails and bow ties," said Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching.

"For the ladies it's all about corsets, gloves, bonnets, and lots of lace.

"There's been a lot of interest in this category. It's the first time we've encouraged visitors to get dressed in historical outfits, its proving very popular.

"We're also doing a special 1866 themed Calcutta Dinner evening with Victorian inspired food and beverages, with patrons and staff in Victorian outfits to launch this year's Ipswich Cup, and it's almost sold out.

"It's such a big part of the day seeing all the fashions at the Ipswich Cup, and it's going to be great to see this added historical element."

Sponsor of the Fashions on Field include The Queensland Times, Metro Hotels and Hills in Hollywood.

National Sales Manager for the Hills in Hollywood chain Carolynn Hill, said that even though the prediction is for a dry, cool day, it won't stop fashionistas baring the flesh for fashion.

"Fashion on the Field is completely different to the formal dresses we're selling at the moment but if I had to say one thing, I'd say lace is what's big this year," Carolynn said.

"Everything goes round in circles with fashion and lace comes under what's called 'New Vintage' and so very popular.

"Even though it should be cool, every girl for the sake of fashion is happy to freeze. We won't wear jackets or coats, it ruins the outfits! They love the strapless dresses, and I'd suggest keeping something in the handbag to keep you warm along with a pair of shoes to walk home in.

"Nude is in this year, which is colours the same as basically skin tone or a deeper than ivory colour. Cherry Red is another colour we're getting asked for at the moment.

"Fascinators hands down are essential, and definitely take me up on that shoe idea," she said.

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