An umbrella in times of uncertain weather is always a good idea and in one woman’s case it made all the difference in the fashions on the field at Corowa as she won the judges over with her polished look.
Wearing a black dress, white capelet, red gloves and carrying an umbrella, Amy Wallace from Wodonga took out Lady of the Day.
The 29-year-old was awarded a massage voucher and a night’s accommodation at Circa 1936, who was the major sponsor of the day.
“It’s the first time I have been to the Corowa races because I work in hospitality and usually work on cup day, but they changed the day and I was excited to come along,” she said.
Amy said she changed her outfit at the last minute to ensure she accommodated for the weather.
“After the rain this morning I changed to a capelet and umbrella,” she said.
“I brought along the umbrella as it protects against the rain and also offers shade, so you can’t go wrong because it’s two in one.”
Judges were Annie Cornell from Annie Eyles Designs in Corowa and Rebecca Scott from It’s Only Fitting Millinery in Corowa.
“There was certainly some strong competition,” Annie said.
“Our Lady of the Day winner thought out her outfit well from head to toe and kept the weather in mind and that’s what made her our top pick.”
As for the best dressed gentleman, James Newton from Moyhu in Victoria took out the first prize in his tan pants and light blue dress shirt, while Caleb Johnson, 13, from Rutherglen won the judges over in the 8 to 17 years category with what one of the judges labelled as “country chic” in his trilby hat and blue and white check shirt.
Wearing a cherry red dress with yellow accessories, Eliza Collins, 25, from Albury stole the show in the 8 to 17 year category.
Meanwhile, the 8 and under category also impressed with Edward Goodall, 3, from Corowa winning the boys category and getting lots of admiring looks from the crowd in his jeans, red suspenders and trilby hat, while sporting a cheeky grin as he stood on the stage.
Sisters Amelia, 4, and Katherine Robertson, 6, from Mulwala were awarded winner and runner-up respectively in the 8 and under girls category.
Amelia looked gorgeous in a white broderie anglaise dress and daisy head chain, while her sister was sporting a red, white and blue stripe dress.
Over to millinery and the winner was Phoebe Keir, 22, from Rutherglen wearing a headband with a gold floral arrangement.
“I had this made for the day because I wanted something different and to be comfortable and that is also why I chose a playsuit over wearing a dress,” she said.
Fashions on the Field Organiser Rebecca Duryea was impressed with the effort everyone went to in presenting fashionable looks.
“We are seeing lots of colour, there’s also lots of lace, some black and white looks and everyone looks great,” she said.