Melbourne Cup Day: the outfit, the colour and the port-a-loos

Nikki Parkinson Fashion, Life 42 Comments

Let’s just say that this post was supposed to be up and published earlier this morning. In my head I thought I’d be racing home yesterday after an afternoon at the local track, downloading the photos and getting it all ready to publish today.

Wrong.

Turns out a Melbourne Cup event can prove a little *tiring*. I may, or may not, have gone to bed before my six-year-old.  As my girlfriend said on Facebook this morning, “at what point yesterday did I start thinking it was Friday night?”.

And that’s just it, isn’t it? It’s so quintessentially Australian to take a Tuesday off work, whack on a hat and frock, go to a lunch that celebrates a two-minute horse race and drink champagne like it’s a Friday night.

In my defence, it was also a girlfriend’s birthday. Champagne is mandatory.

Here’s how the day unfolded:

Melbourne Cup outfit: Country Road dress; Eve Boutique silk flower; Salita Matthews necklace; The Sak clutch; Samantha Wills ring; Zizi for Florsheim shoes

Melbourne Cup outfit: Country Road dress; Eve Boutique silk flower; Salita Matthews necklace; The Sak clutch; Samantha Wills ring; Zizi for Florsheim shoes. Hair by Suite Three.

Sometimes the perfect background for a Cup Day photo just "presents" itself. Thanks Dunnies with Dignity.

Sometimes the perfect background for a Cup Day photo just “presents” itself. Thanks Dunnies with Dignity.

Photography tip: don't try and take a "selfie" of yourself and a girlfriend with a spectacular flying saucer-sized hat.

Photography tip: don’t try and take a “selfie” of yourself and a girlfriend with a spectacular flying saucer-sized hat.

When you go trackside for Cup Day it always feels great to look out at the passing parade from the cool of your marquee. Apparently horses went round that track.

When you go trackside for Cup Day it always feels great to look out at the passing parade from the cool of your marquee. Apparently horses went round that track.

It's particularly handy to have a former sports journo as a husband. Apparently he knows about this betting stuff according to the contents of my wallet this morning.

It’s particularly handy to have a former sports journo as a husband. Apparently he knows about this betting stuff … according to the contents of my wallet this morning.

No matter how glamourous it is inside the marquee, there is always a queue for the ladies' port-a-loos to keep things real.

No matter how glamourous it is inside the marquee, there is always a queue for the ladies’ port-a-loos to keep things real.

Only on the first Tuesday in November would you find women dancing in packs to a live band. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

Only on the first Tuesday in November would you find grown women dancing in packs to a live band. At 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

And lastly. The best sights of the day are seen on the way to the cab rank. Bet that sweet young thing is wishing she had a pair of fold-up flats in her handbag.

And lastly. The best sights of the day are seen on the way to the cab rank. Bet that sweet young thing is wishing she had a pair of fold-up flats in her handbag.

If you’d like to see some more of the gorgeous outfits I spotted yesterday, head over to the album on my Facebook page.

Did you celebrate the Melbourne Cup yesterday? Did you have a win? Importantly, what did you wear? And can someone come round and take out all the pins from my hair?

 

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  1. Nikki – what a great outfit!

    I love the colour of your frock and how you’ve boldly accessorised with contrasting colours like that SW ring – wow!

    And I love your sense of humour with the portaloos and self-pic; hilarious and I love a lady who keeps it real! X

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  2. Nikki you look fantastic!

    You know the funny thing is that if you had just taken a pic of you and your girlfriend in a really nice area…you probably would not have remembered the pic, but you’ll always remember the one with the loo’s in the background and the fact that you couldnt fit her hat into the self portrait! lol

    x

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  3. Congratulations on the win. Perhaps Mr StylingYou could do a tips post next year. Maybe you have too many readers and it would skew the odds. It was a work day for me, although I did put on a frock, nude fishnets and heels for the occasion. I’m presently making a 50 before 50 list and I think I will put Going to the races/Cup function on it. I haven’t been in about 20 years, and the last time was to Corbould Park as my father had a horse running in the Caloundra Cup (I think). I’m sure it has changed a lot since then. I used to love the fashions and of course the horses.

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  4. You look absolutely gorgeous Nikki. Love that orange. I wore royal blue with black hatinator, shoes and pearl drop earrings and a pearl bracelet. I so love getting dressed up! And to top it off I backed the winner of the Cup! Yee-hah!

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  5. Oh Nikki, you look beautiful! Love that colour on you.
    Your friends’ hat is very flying saucer-ish.. but unique.:-) Have to laugh at that photo with the police behind you, covering her face completely and your face too.. Very funny. Hope you had a fabulous day.

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  6. Love your combination of orange/yellow/teal !!
    Fabulous to see colour being embrassed by so many.
    I wore my work clothes… I took a day off last week. Oh well, got to enjoy the race via the many updates.

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  7. Looks like fun was had and fun in true style! I celebrated Melb. Cup BIG last year and had a lot of work yesterday so couldn’t get up to much mischief. Next year!

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  8. Hahaha.
    Oh Nikki, you look stunning. I know I said so yesterday, but you really do.
    I have NEVER been to a horse track. I don’t feel like i’m missing out too badly…yet. One day i’ll get there.

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