Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Racing - Vintage Style


Today is Melbourne Cup Day here. It is such a major event on the racing calendar that we have a public holiday in honor of the occasion. This of course means dressing up, donning an appropriate hat and placing a bet in the hopes of winning your fortune. For most of Melbourne's race going women, this is an opportunity to lash out on bad spray tans, dodgy home made fascinators and end the afternoon shoeless in the park. I, on the other hand, choose to spend today decked out in full vintage splendor, courtesy of my recent O.S trip.






Outfit Details: 1950's Black Eyelet lace dress, Teal blue slip from Anthropologie, Shoes from Luca and Marc, 1950's hat.

20 comments:

Alicia said...

nothing takes the glamour out of the races like oompa-loompa orange girls with no shoes, sitting on the side of the road in their nice dress with a stubby in hand at the end of the day. even eliza doolittle would be disgusted.

you look absolutely lovely!

Miss Karen said...

you look stunning! If only other girls could take their cue from your sartorial splendour, the races would be so trashtastic!

Nicole Jenkins said...

Great frock! I love the way you've matched it with a contrasting petticoat. Very nice :)

jennine said...

oooh i think i used to have that dress in brown!

Amy G. said...

Fabulous as always! Racing day sounds much more fun than our day out over here--we're having Election Day, which does involve placing bets of a sort but no fashion tie-in!

Nadine said...

This is really beautiful. I love the hat you're wearing!

Theresa said...

you look so beautifull and your dress is uber lovely

esme and the lane way said...

You look beautiful! So different to the usual racing day get up...

Lavender said...

I love that dress. Beautiful.

Lady Melbourne said...

Hello, hello, it's perfection!!!
Lovely to see some of your finds from O.S and of course it is lovely to see you in classic race wear. Can you believe they have gotten rid of 'Classic' racewear in Fashion on the Field and replaced it with 'Racewear.' I suppose they just gave into club wear as race wear.
Anyhow, you look gorgeous which is far more important!
LM
x

Miss_Red said...

It's so lovely to see spring racing fashion the way it was meant to be done - glamorous!
You look great and that dress is divine :)

Donell said...

You look fantastic!

Robyn said...

What a beautiful dress! This is what Spring Carnival dressing should be all about - classic elegance and glamour, not spray tans and flimsy nothing dresses. You look absolutely lovely, and I love seeing the blue slip for a bit of colour under the dress.

PorcelainBlonde said...

I love your description of many of melbournes finest at raceday. It's so true...shoeless, orange streaked and limp feathered ( urgh) by mid afternoon. The antithesis of true race style, bless them.

You get it right, of course! And how much more sensible is it when you follow race wear form properly ie no bare shoulders etc...no tacky burnt back for you in this classic dress :)

I instantly admired your shoes and then I saw they were by Camilla and Marc, a fave label of mine! I didn't even know they did shoes, how out of the loop am I?!

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Thank you everyone. It really is so much more practical too,as you either tend to get burnt or freeze on race day.
LM: I didn't realise they had dropped the "classic" from the description. That is quite a sad indicator of things to come.
Robyn: Changing slips underneath should make it so much more versatile too.
PB: And that is to say nothing of those passed out in the bushes!
Oh and on the shoes.. I've made an error there. I've been busily researching a stockist for the Camilla and Marc bikini so I have them on the brain. The shoes are actually by Luca and Marc. I've corrected the description too. They are a lovely quilted patent finish with little grosgrain bows.

enc said...

Very clever use of the blue slip, SKM. I love the dress with that touch. A superb race outfit!

Kim said...

Seriously woman you were born for vintage. You look WONDERFUL! You put those other women to shame I am sure!

Rachael said...

Fabulous, you are simply made of class and elegance.

TheSundayBest said...

Oh you put us all to shame...

Super Kawaii Mama said...

Enc: The slip is so good I might even be tempted to wear it on its own.
Kim: Thank you so much. I don't intend to shame, just inspire.
Rachael: thank you, such a compliment coming from a classy lass such as yourself.
The Sunday Best: I don't know about that. I'll bet you could knock up a stellar race number complete with striped shirt and braces I think.