Fashions on the Field
ROMA CUP FASHIONS ON THE FIELD – 2014
TO celebrate our 50 years of Cup racing, and of course, Cup fashion, we have a new VINTAGE category. The usual rules apply – frock up, coordinate and don’t forget your headwear.
Criteria (judges have final say and they are not susceptible to bribes or fluttering eyelashes)
Seems the Fashions from mid last century are cruising the catwalks of the world with genuine street cred. That cute shift dress from the 60s, the draped skirt from the 40′s, the full circle cinched waist frock from the 50′s are all part of the Vintage collection. Team them with Hoop earrings, flowers, stillettos (pluggers in the clutch), veil caps and wide belts and you will make a Vintage ensemble. You always knew Aunty Joyce’s hydrangea bonnet would come into its own one day.
Prize: Lady Musgrave Reef Cruise ex Bundaberg plus return flights Brisbane to Bundaberg
Co-ordinated shoes, bag, hat and frock – can’t make a final without them. Black and white always a staple -save all black for your great aunt’s funeral - Roma Cup is a glorious technicolour event, so be bold.
Quirky, co-ordinated, coloured and can be whacky. It’s still a race meeting so stick to hemlines below the bikini wax, and be warned flippers, snorkel or sequinned evening wear is probably not going to be a winner.Judges do like to see you taking a risk, just make sure its a risk that wont end up on the Facebook page titled “Bet She Wishes She had Rethought this Combination”
Self explanatory – whatever is on your head, make it spectacular and matching your outfit.
Prize: Weekend at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa
Essentially you will need to be a bloke to enter. although we are totally non-discriminating out here. Advice is that suits are impractical in the Roma summer temperatures, however a little effort with tie, buttonhole, handkerchief and a lick of polish on matching shoes, goes a long way. Hawaiian shirts don’t work for anyone other than the team from Hawaii Five-O. However, we like a good laugh in the bush so by all means rock the catwalk with your safari suits and Hawaiian shirts. You might not win the Origin tickets but you will get some applause.
Prize: State of Origin tickets plus weekend at the Brisbane Riverview Hotel
- A Maranoa resident will also be selected from the finalists in any category for a collection of prizes. Locals Rule.
A WORD OF WARNING: If you have a big night on Friday in town…….. a mask may be your only salvation
MORE GENERAL ADVICE…………
Classic, ladylike, elegant styles (that hug the body) with a modern twist generally win every time. Anything styled with a 1950’s or early 1960’s look is pretty much a safe bet this year. The modern injection can come from your headpiece, accessories, shoes and / or bag. Dresses and well-tailored 2 piece skirt suits are your best bet. Make sure it suits your body shape, and showcases your best assets.Vintage is good, but make sure it’s quality vintage that is chic and in good nic . Vinnies can be a real boon for fashionistas but Mothballs are not considered an accessory. Try not to do head-to-toe vintage, add some new modern elements.
SPONSORS with some great prizes for winners and runners-up
Gold Coast Turf Club
Magic millions package
Marriott Surfers Paradise
Lady Musgrave Cruises
Brisbane Riverview Hotel
Roma and District Rugby League
Voucher or Gift
Polly & Peaches Headwear
ALEX HINDLE (pictures below) – who has made a habit of winning Fashions on the Field around Queensland, will be judging this year and offering some tips on Vintage Racewear