LEATHER and perspex are the keys if you want to stand out at the Fashions on the Field event this weekend.
The event is on Saturday at the 2014 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup at Bray Raceway and follows on from the success of the event last year.
Fashion blogger and 2013 winner Kirrily Parry said she expected the competition to be stronger this year with a big emphasis on hats.
“Last year everyone dressed really classy and it is a night-time event, which means you can afford to up the accessories and have a bit more bling,” she said.
“At the moment people are using a lot of different materials, like perspex or leather and especially at a night-time event you can afford to wear leather – even though it is summer.”
Part of her role as a blogger for Country Racing Victoria means Ms Parry attends up to 15 country race meets a year and blogs about the fashion at each event.
But the event is not completely focused on the women, with separate categories for males and for the junior girls meaning everyone has the chance to win.
In excess of $2000 of cash and prizes will be awarded to the winning entrants of each division.
Ms Parry said she expected certain colours and shades would also help contestants stand out.
“A lot of white this year, a lot of crisp white outfits and a lot of pastels,” she said.
“Mixing pastels is a really popular trend and like I said, things like incorporating leather or perspex into your outfit,” she said.
“Just being polished, having fresh youthful make up and having hair done neatly and up.
“Obviously nice accessories and stiletto shoes for the women.”
Those thinking of entering need to be sure to arrive early with registration – which is compulsory – starting at 5pm.
AT A GLANCE
WHAT: Fashions on the Fields at the 2014 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup
WHERE: Ballarat and District Trotting Club, Corner of Bell and Sutton Streets, Redan
WHEN: Saturday. Gates open at 5pm