Thursday, November 08, 2007
Off the field fashion
It seems on our very special horse race days, style rises and falls as the day's temperature does.
We have had Derby Day last Saturday, the Melbourne Cup last Tuesday and today, Oaks Day or Ladies Day.
I have taken a keen interest in what peoples are wearing to the races, both blokes and sheilas, for the last few years. It would seem the scrubbers get out early, whereas the better dressed are not seen until around lunchtime. But at the end of the day they all reach a common level, staggering, drunk and dishevelled.
While Cup Day offers the best viewing around railway stations and on public transport, quite a bit is to be seen on the other two days too. At a certain time on Cup Day, Flinders Street Station is a sea of colourful hats. I had to go into the city this morning so I took a couple of snaps at the station. It wasn't quite as busy as I wanted, but you get the drift.
As I said, the earlier attendees to the races can be try hards, but fail. I could go on about some of the travesties I saw, but I shan't. What I will say is that the blokes standard of dress improves every year. But it not quite as challenging for them as it is for the sheilas.
Now girlfriends, if your legs are pale white, if they at all marked, if they are not perfectly waxed, if they are muscular, if there are some knotty veins showing, if the skin gathers under your knees, if there is any cellulite showing then that is why god invented hosiery. Yes, you must suffer a little for beauty, but it can't be anywhere near the discomfort of high heels all day.
At five pm today I will sit on the balcony and watch the women staggering off the trams making their way home, bag in one hand, slingbacks in the other.