OPINION: Dressing for the Cup is about detail

OPINION: Who doesn't love the opportunity to get glammed up and drink champagne in the middle of the day, on a Tuesday?

I love our Melbourne cup traditions, and around the Fraser Coast we have a vast variety of luncheons to attend.

But when it comes to traditions, there are a few that should be avoided.

Firstly, remember how those heels looked amazing on your feet when you were in the shop buying them?

Well they really do look better on your feet.

No one will see how nice they are when they're dangling from your fingers at the end of the day.

If you know your feet will really hate you after standing in the heels that you just had to wear, throw a pair of flats into your bag and save wearing the label 'bogan' with that lovely outfit.

I am partial to the odd spray tan, but I have learnt that you can say no to that second coat! You want to look sun-kissed not fried-chicken.

Melbourne Cup is one of those rare occasions where we really get to be a lady, so act like a lady.

They're called 'luncheons' because you're supposed to eat lunch.

So eat as much as your Spanx will allow you to fit in, because we all know what happens with alcohol on an empty stomach.

When it comes to fashion, Emily Bundellu from Thursday Love boutique in Maryborough says; "It's one of the best excuses to get dressed up.

"It's all about the details. Wear an amazing headpiece or hat; it's the perfect finishing touch. Inject a little fun into your outfit.

"Whether it's through colour or texture, have fun with your look.

Keep your look sophisticated - you don't want to look like you're ready to hit the nightclubs.

Pay attention to details, nails, hair and simple make up will make a big difference to your look.

Lastly, be comfortable, you'll have a better day for it."

So remember to have fun, and stay classy.

As for me, after claiming the title of 'best dressed' at Coast Restaurant last year, I have decided to retire on a high.

Okay, I am in the middle of launching my next novel, so I will be watching from my office.

But fear not, I will be back next year to reclaim my title again.

Trish Hamilton is an author based in Hervey Bay.

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