How to dress during the Spring Racing Carnival

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Kirstie Clements loathes seeing sunburnt shoulders and tipsy women staggering with shoes in hand. She advises waiting until at least 1pm to start drinking, “so you’re still in a nice condition when you leave”

“You see girls in strapless dresses, all sunburnt and drunk and carrying their shoes, and it’s truly awful,” she said.

Clements is also bothered when “people get too tizzy”.

“All the fascinators and feathers and cocktail frocks and disco dresses get over the top and glitzy,” she said. “I would like to see things a lot more sleek and pared-back and simple. And for men, all that hair gel and sports sunglasses with suits is a pet hate of mine.”

Perth couture designer Aurelio Costarella, another judge, regards too-short skirts as the most common fashion faux pas on the field.

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