Monday, October 31, 2016

Day 2573 - How I dress for the Melbourne Cup without breaking the bank

Are you heading off to the races this year?


Before you start reading this post I need you to click here.  In fact I absolutely insist.  By clicking here you will be exported back to a time when my blog didn't have photos, before it received comments, before it even had proper post titles and where I give you the story of my meet-a-versary.

Did you read it?

Good. Now we can move on.


So as you can see Melbourne Cup day has special meaning for Derek and I.  As our children get older it has special meaning for them too.

A few years ago we decided to renew our love for the track by becoming members of the Canberra Races again.  When the children were little we lost interest, but now that they're growing up it has become a great excuse for a family day out.

Now before I go any further we are not big gamblers.  I might put $2 on a race or if I'm feeling particularly rebellious I'll throw a whole $5 on the race that stops a nation.

We are also not big drinkers.  Last year I had one glass of champagne right before we left the track (just to get into the spirit of things) and then promptly got pulled over by the RBT as we left the car park.  Clearly one glass wasn't enough to get me arrested, but it was enough to make them question what I'd been drinking and when.

So while we're not big on the things that often attract people to a race day, we are big on doing things as a family and quite enjoy getting dressed up.

If you're wondering how the kids manage to get to the races on a school day, we pick them up at lunch time on the first Tuesday each November.  We're naughty like that.  

As you know I'm a wardrobe scrooge, so I'm not about to spend much money on getting kitted out for this event.  I've moved on from the straw hat of the of the original sighting (you did read it, didn't you?) but I've not converted to designer duds or custom made head wear.

I know people who spend upward of $500 on their Melbourne Cup clobber and of course they look a millions bucks.  I on the other hand tend to spend very little but hope that if I walk in with my head held high nobody will be any wiser.

Last year my gear was a combo of a Target blouse, Zara skirt, Sash and Belle clutch, Big W shoes and a very fancy Rockstars and Royalty headpiece won in a raffle and gifted to me by the winner.  I have since worn that outfit to speaker gigs, cocktail parties and for a recent You Tube video (minus the head gear of course).



The year before that was a H&M dress, Target shoes, Colette handbag and Target fascinator. That dress has ended up being a summer office staple and has also been to a few spring luncheons.



This year I've bought a "we're going out of business so everything is marked down" boutique dress, wearing a fascinator I've had stashed in my drawer, carrying a clutch that I picked up about 10 years ago and being hobbled by the Nine West shoes I bought at the outlets in Vegas.


Clearly I'm not going to be registering for fashions on the field, nor will I look a million bucks, but I'm hoping I'll be worthy of a second look from my husband as we head back to the Members Stand at the Canberra Racetrack where it all started cave-man style 22 years ago.

I guess the secret to my Melbourne Cup attire is the ability to wear it again.  I'll buy clothing that can then become a wardrobe staple.  Not just for weddings or race days, but clothing that I can wear for work, pleasure and random events.

I probably get away with it because we are, after all, only attending the Canberra Races. I'm not off hob-nobbing in the Bird Cage at Flemington.

Or perhaps I don't get away with it at all.

The bottom line is I feel like a million bucks on Melbourne Cup day.  Or at least a hundred bucks.  So the actual cost of my outfit really doesn't come into play.

Do you get dressed up on Melbourne Cup day?

Where do you do find your race day attire?

Did you read my Day 30 post

What does Melbourne Cup day mean to you?



23 comments :

  1. Stunning. You really suit the races in those tailored outfits. Cheers M

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  2. I NEED your Target blouse from last year... and to lose all the weight the latest meds have thrown at me. No idea what I'm going to wear this year. Last year, I had Zita (It's time blog) staying with me and we were gifted tickets to an event. This year, an interesting invite landed in my inbox and as much as I'd like to stay in hibernation mode, not letting people see the weight gain, I'm taking hubby and making a day of it.

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    1. If I had more time I'd send it to you. I bet you're not nearly as "heavy" as you think you are. Medications suck like that though. Just go and embrace the day with complete confidence and a huge smile. That is after all the best accessory. That and your husband ...

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    1. Wow! Thanks. I'm going to take that as a HUGE compliment SSG as you are a style queen extraordinaire!

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  4. Oh gosh I was thinking it was just the other day you guys were there last. Was it really last year? Such a fashionable (and beautiful) family and I love that you make it a family day cos the races have negative connotations for me - lots of drunk people falling about. (And yes, that was me once upon a time!)

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    1. We stopped going for that exact reason. The sight of all those girls who look so lovely at the start of the day and then falling over drunk with their skirts up over their heads at the end of the day. It may well have been me once too, but not anymore!! I think the fact that we are in the Members stand helps. We're with all the old fuddy duddies. OMG - does that make us one of them? LOL

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  5. Haha 'nightclub floor scum'. Loved that story :)
    Meanwhile, I love your outfits - you have some good taste there lady!

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    1. He reminds me of that "floor scum" comment often :) LOL

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  6. I did indeed click & read. I love that it's a family affair now! That's cute!

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  7. I remember that from last year too! I think you know how to get the balance right between fashion and frugality! Go you! Thanks for linking up for Life This Week.

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    1. Fashion and Frugality! That would be an awesome blog name ...

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  8. Love your meetaversary story and your outfit shots! I've been to the Melbourne Cup once. I wore a blazer over a satiny printed skirt and this atrocious purple straw hat with fake flowers glued to it. It was the early 00s so don't judge. It was a great day even though it rained and I'm glad to say I have been . . . I'd definitely dress differently if I get to do it again!

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    1. Haha. Sounds close to my meet-a-versary outfit. Although your hat was so much fancier being purple and floral and all. Mine was actually just a straw hat! LOL . With a gorgeous black puff sleeve blouse with white polka dots and a "straw" coloured fitted mini skirt, with shoes that looked remarkably like those worn by Minnie Mouse. I wish I had photos.

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  9. We love Melbourne cup in this house!!! We have never been but every year the kids get half a day off school and we have a picnic party I front of the tv, place our bets and hope for the best!! Have a great time!

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    1. We did that for a good while too! I even have a photo of me all dressed up and sitting in front of the TV (a close up) trying to make it look like I was actually at the races with horses behind me.

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  10. I'm not into Melbourne Cup at all, but I think the dress is super-cute! It's all about how you feel, not how much your outfit costs :)

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  11. Your outfit is very My Fair Lady I think! Last year I dressed up even though it was just me and the cat at home - it was still fun and I posted a pic on IG. Haven't quite decided if I'll do it again tomorrow ...

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    1. My Fair Lady sounds good to me! I look forward to seeing you and your cat in your fascinators Janet.

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