Geometric Art Deco Prints
Geometric mixes. This is a great look when you put it together well. Who says it all has to match. An A-line skirt with one print mixed with a sassy jacket or silk top in a different geometic print and belted is just fun and feminine. If you want to down play it, choose a patterned skirt with a bright plain jacket or silk blouse or visa versa, plain skirt with patterned jacket. And yes I must admit I do love the headscarfs under hats for something different. Wearing a silk headscarf with a flower attached is an alternative to a hat. You don't have to cover the whole head in a scarf. Partly covered with hair flowing under is still feminine and classy. As a huge lover of large costume jewellery, I say put some bling on with it all just to make it jangle.(The jewellery in the pics are from fabulous QLD based designer SoniaM. My next post will about her....so keep tuned.)
Florals and Botanical Prints
Again mix them together. Mix florals with geometric as seen in these photos. Love it. And yes I would wear a long vintage shift dress to the races with a stunning bright print on it(imagine a tropical print in vibrant colours).....why not, it would be elegant and certainly a standout to the normally super short skirts seen on the track. Team the outfits with a colourful necklace or better still a hand created feather cape as seen in photo(again from SoniaM Designs). And yes mix the bag colours up.
For information on Headgear go to www.racingfashion.com where it lists many of the well known milliners. At this point you would be looking for ready made as it's too late now to order a custom made. Otherwise many vintage shops have unique one-off pieces at a smidge of the price of a custom made hat.
And for the MEN
Loving the neutral Look. Cream and Oatmeal linen Stripes & checks. Worn with black or chocolate brown bow tie, silk weaved tie and dark brown oxfords..............just so dashing.
Now I am a huge fan of Lapo Elkann's style(you will see a lot more of him on my blog). If you don't know him, he is the grandson of the late Gianni Agnelli aka "Mr Fiat & Ferrari". Like his grandfather he oozes style no matter what he wears. In the above photos of him, I've picked out some of his daily ensembles that I feel are perfect for the man on the track who wants to stand out a little. You don't have to be a bad boy like him to look cool, just use your imagination and work with colours that suit you. How about some colour with mustard yellow? Everything from the white shirt to his shoes and hat works. The classic large pinstripe is always just so handsome on most men. I can't help loving the vintage camel colour suit with green tie. Such a fabulous colour combination and if you can pull if off like he can...then go for it. Then of course the pink hat.....why not!!
Now for Geometric die-hards who don't wish to stand out too much, how about the patterned shirt/tie/hanky look in bottom left hand corner? Subtle but smart. Then of course if you want to truly push boundaries, go for the whole geometric look with complete suit. I dare you!
Another dashing outfit on the track would be an Indigo blue suit worn with white shirt and dark brown shoes.
These are only some ideas of mixing colours and prints. For further advice and a consultation email me on firstname.lastname@example.org