Flic Brown’s Broome Cup fashion tips

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Broome milliner Felicity Brown.
Camera IconBroome milliner Felicity Brown. Credit: Broome Advertiser, Jakeb Waddell.

Our city counterparts had better believe that cup fever exists in Broome and this includes our fashions for the field.

Broome might be a small country town but we will not be seen as one when the fashion editors helicopter into the track.

Instead, they will be presented with an impressive array of colour, effort, and immaculate presentation ... at least for the first hour or so.

Ladies and gents go all out, even right outside the square, and this year will be no exception to our Kimberley rule.

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I’ve been privy to a snippet of what we are going to see in the Broome fashion stakes and we are in for a treat.

The trends

This year powerful animal prints have entered the fashion track. Historically a races fashion no-no, animal prints have been given the spring carnival track tick for 2019 and Broome will be right on trend.

Stylish sleeves have also entered the scene this year, which will excite many from the 80s prime, and ladies, the pant suit is here!

In fact, pant suits are the biggest trend, along with shoulders and statement sleeves, and its head to toe floral.

On trend colours are pink, blush, coral and rose but of course, Broome celebrates all colours of the wheel so certainly don’t feel confined.

Kate Russell.
Camera IconKate Russell. Credit: Jakeb Waddell.

Your outfit

There’s no need to keep an eye on the weather — we all know that’s going to be perfect and ladies this is the day to dress to impress but not like you’re heading to Skylla so save that for later.

Racing fashion is your time to shine (without sequins), it is about expressing your creativity through your ensemble and complementing your dress with the trio of headwear, shoes and bag.

Wear thick heels or wedges, there’s nothing lady-like about sinking into the grass or getting stuck in the steps up to the members’ stand and take a clutch bag with a strap, leaving your hands free to hold your drink, peruse the race guide and for taking that perfect selfie.

When bringing the racing outfit together, concentrate on the trio— the hat, bag and shoes. For the men, the hat, tie and shoes, with the trio complementing the clothes — nail this and you are race ready.


Make-up is minimal, after all, we all know how easy the shades of eye shadow and mascara can move down the face in this heat, and jewellery — well we are in Broome, so if you have them, wear your pearls of course.

Dress so you feel a million dollars, feel comfortable, fabulous and be SunSmart — this doesn’t mean sneakers or shorts.

Make sure you can fit your sunglasses into your clutch bag and get Siri to make a mental note to pop them away after dark.

As for your headwear, gentlemen don a hat; wide-brimmed, Panama or Fedora and polish those shoes.

You’d be surprised how many women will look before they will say hi.

Ladies, it’s racing so it’s all about the headwear and it’s country racing, so absolutely the time to wear the wide-brimmed hat, or for more of a millinery statement wear a headpiece.

For those who just want to don something small, wear a whimsy.

The fellas love to see the ladies glam up for the day and they’ll take any excuse to say the word fascinator, facilitator or tantaliser ... God knows how they get it so wrong.

It’s races, and headwear is traditional and fun, so why not get involved?

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