Tomorrow's Schweppes Sydney Cup marks the last race day of the season, and to get you geared for the big day, we've got David Jones' racewear ambassador Emma Freedman to lend us her insider knowledge.
Tomorrow's Schweppes Sydney Cup marks the last race day of the season, and to get you geared for the big day, we've got David Jones' racewear ambassador Emma Freedman to lend us her insider knowledge. The daughter of five-time Melbourne Cup winner Lee Freedman, and a style icon in her own right, she certainly knows a thing or two about dressing for a day on the field. Here, she talks dressing dos and don'ts, raceday essentials, and which accessory is over and done with. Once you've read Emma's interview, you can head on over to buy your tickets — there's only a few left, so move fast!
POPSUGAR: So, dress codes: What are some big do’s and don’ts at the racetrack?
Emma Freedman: Adhering to the traditional raceday rules are a must — but you can have fun with them! The basics are keeping your skirt/dress length appropriate (around the knee area), during the Autumn months a sleeve is imperative whether it be capped or longer. Go for a felt headpiece or hat and accessorise appropriately — if it is cool, have a blazer or a coat. Nothing worse than a lady leaving the races with her boyfriends jacket draped over her chilly shoulders!
Does each race day have a different theme or dress code?
Yes and no. Some racedays have a clear cut code — like Derby Day where you should always wear black and white. Cup days (Sydney or Melbourne) lend themselves to bright celebratory colours and a bit of fashion experimentation. If attending an Oaks Day, pretty and feminine is usually the way to go. The most important thing though is to wear an outfit that makes you feel great and that you feel reflects the day and your personality.
For more of Emma's expert style advice, keep reading here!