Talking racewear with  Rachael Finch

Published on 30 October 2018

With spring racing season well underway we caught up with model, Myer ambassador and fitness guru Rachael Finch to talk Fashions on the Field, Birdcage beauty rules and keeping healthy throughout the carnival. Whether you’re a seasoned racegoer or a first-timer, this former Miss Universe Australia and mother of two has some handy tips for making the most of a day at the track.

Which catwalk trends are you expecting to see trackside this spring?

The on-trend colours this season are vibrant hues of red and pink, paired together or worn separately. I’m also excited to see all the sunset shades, especially that electric tangerine tone that Acler and Maticevski are doing. I expect animal prints and exotic prints in pastel hues to be popular as a modern take on florals. Dramatic sleeves, statement ruffles and bell sleeves a nod to the 80s will all be worn trackside too. And hats are back, plus turbans and hair accessories such as bows and scarfs.

How do you typically plan your outfits for Spring Carnival?

I often fall in love with a fabulous dress or an incredible piece of millinery and work back to that key statement piece. Once you’ve chosen your outfit and headpiece, look for shoes next, then a bag and finally jewellery for a chic finishing touch.

Which are your go-to labels for racewear?

My go-to styles are by Acler, Alex Perry, Bronx and Banco, Maticevski, Mossman and Cue. Those brands reliably offer a fantastic range of designs suitable for the races in on-trend styles and prints.

Any advice for first-time Fashions on the Field entrants?

If you’re unsure where to start I’d suggest heading into Myer and seeking advice from the fashion team. The personal shoppers can help you choose an outfit to suit your shape, complexion and style. It’s a lot of fun choosing an outfit for Spring Carnival, and with a little help from the Myer stylists you’ll be race-ready in no time.

Days like Melbourne Cup be full-on, what are your top survival tips?

Try on your shoes in advance and wear them in a little, and head to bed early the night before. Most race mornings I’ll pack one of the smoothies from my Body by Finch program for breakfast because they’re easy to make, full of nutrients and taste amazing. You should always bring a light jacket or cardigan in case the weather turns, and a small clutch bag for essentials like your lipstick, bandaids, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Also make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day.

What are the golden rules of raceday makeup? I favour a simple look that shows off fresh and glowing skin, with a light bronze, a touch of blush and a pretty lip gloss. If you're doing false lashes, make sure they look natural. There are some really talented makeup artists working on the beauty floor in Myer so I recommend consulting with them. Remember, durability is key for a race day.

Head into Myer to put together the ultimate spring racing wardrobe today.