Carena West: Deciphering the dress code for the Christmas Carnival

Our fashion ambassador Carena West is back again to help you decipher the raceday dress code. & ensure you're looking on point for the Christmas Carnival.

Competing (and winning!) many fashion competitions at Ellerslie, as well as sitting on the other side of the table as a judge, Carena knows her stuff.

Keep reading for her top tips and some gorgeous photos for inspiration.

Don't forget, there's a dress code in many areas oncourse, so check it out to ensure you don't have any trouble when you arrive.


Carena Says...

"Where better to celebrate summer than at the Christmas Carnival?

Traditionally attendees will lean towards a ladies' day look, featuring an eclectic mix of feminine pastels and floaty brights, as well as stand-out millinery that is guaranteed to catch the eye.

The Christmas Carnival is not for wallflowers, and if you intend on entering the Fashions in the Field competition here on Boxing Day, you'll see the competition is tight.

You may be leaning towards a smaller headpiece, but what other day in your calendar will allow you to wear an extravagant, eyecatching headpiece without getting strange side glances from others? Own it!

Check out a few of my Christmas Carnival-inspired ideas below..."

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