Rachael Finch


unnamed-5 unnamed-3 unnamed-1 unnamed-4 unspecifiedI’ve been lucky enough to work with Channel 7 on the horse racing coverage for 8 years now and over that time I’ve seen some pretty amazing (and interesting) fashion. Colour blocking was huge and recently we’ve seen the 70’s come back into play with bell sleeves and flared pants. I visit the race track quite a few times throughout the year and one thing that always remains is the excitement around getting race day ready. There’s a fiery, raw energy that comes with each day and it’s a time to take dressing to that next level.

As we get set to hit the track this Autumn a lot goes into the prep for us ladies and that means taking tip top care of our outfits, especially considering the day is pretty lengthy! It’s been a pleasure teaming up with Rexona over the Autumn carnival to talk about their greatest weapon – Rexona Invisible Dry – which protects against white deodorant marks and yellow stains on our dresses – because let’s face it, no one has time for that and it’s downright annoying.

Here are my top tips for getting race day ready:

Know the day 
Do some research into what race day you’re attending and ensure you’re choosing a dress that’s appropriate. The Autumn carnival kicks off with day 1 of The Championships which calls for traditional black and white in monochrome hues. This is a very chic, sophisticated day for dressing and a fave of mine. Brands I’m loving at the moment that do this trend well are White Suede, By Johnny and Alex Perry. Think about stepping up from the LBD. Have fun this season with intricate textures and prints and complete your look with jewel-encrusted headwear or gold accessories for a regal spin.

For the other major days across Autumn we see more personality shine through outfits and people having fun with prints and pops of colour. Brands I’m currently loving to shake things up a little are, Talulah, Yeojin Bae and Acler. ‘Lavish Femme’ is a hot trend right now in at Myer – experiment with this by opting for floral designs in darker hues with long sleeves, high neck lines and ruffles. Complete this Victorian inspired style with gold and metallic accessories and headpieces.

‘Prior preparation prevents a poor performance’ 
My brother used to say this to me all the time and I think Dad used to say it to him all the time. I think it’s important to get your groundwork done before tackling a long day at the races in high heels and headwear. Ensure you’ve worn your shoes in at least once and if opting for suede, have them sprayed to avoid total disaster in wet weather. Make an effort to get the right undergarments to avoid straps and tags being seen. Protect yourself against white deodorant marks or yellow stains throughout the day with Rexona Invisible Dry. I love knowing I have peace of mind on such a big day!

Skin & Makeup
I like to keep skin prep and makeup to a minimum on race day. Less really is more. It’s so beautiful to enhance the natural tones of the skin, also you don’t want to spend hours in bathroom lines waiting to touch up your makeup. Go for a tinted moisturiser with a light concealer, and keep eye shades neutral with a light mascara and hint of blush. I always carry a good quality lip balm in my purse along with blotting paper.

Look 1
Talulah floral print dress, Nine West burgundy heels, Mimco clutch and Viktoria Novak headpiece.

Look 2
By Johnny polka-dot dress, Mimco jewelled headband, Mon Purse black clutch and Nine West pumps.

Look 3
Acler navy dress, Jerome Dreyfuss suede and leather heels, Mimco gold headpiece and Mon Purse clutch .

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