Nikki Phillips Spring Racing Style Interview

Nikki Phillips Spring Racing Style Interview

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Interview with Nikki Phillips

Question: Can you tell us about the top trends in racing style this season?

Nikki Phillips: The Romantic: Soft pastels, florals and neutral tones. Whimsical silhouettes and mid length hem lines
Colour Blocking: It's still here and getting stronger! A fun way to really push the boundary and make a statement. Bold colours are always a winner.
Sophisticated: High necklines, structured lines and tailored suiting. The jumpsuit is also making a big play this season.
Volume: This season we are seeing the pairing of volume and structure. The exaggerated silhouette, most notably in the sleeve is having a real moment, and I believe will continue to do so for racing.
Simple Millenary: Puffy oversized velvet headbands, bows, pearl crowns and the classic wide brim hat are a few key millinery we will be seeing on show.

Question: Which colours will we see most during the spring racing carnival?

Nikki Phillips: I'm torn; I feel the romantic theme is going to be quite strong this season, lots of neutral tones and pastel florals. However, Melbourne Cup always attracts the bold block colours. Which is fun.

Question: What inspires your own outfits for the spring racing carnival?

Nikki Phillips: I'd be lying if I didn't say I was inspired by trends, however I try to stick to my own personal style and add a fun twist on a standard look. I like to push my own boundaries at the races when it comes to fashion, as where else do we have the opportunity to dress like this, really go all out with headwear and a glamorous look and still be so experimental.

Question: How do you prepare ahead of the spring racing carnival?

Nikki Phillips: I like to work in advance for my looks, so there is no rushing and I know I'm 100% confident, happy and most importantly comfortable. Race days are normally long for me, due to the work load involved so getting all these details out of the way allows for stress free carnival.

Question: What are your biggest do's and don'ts for a day at the races?

Nikki Phillips: Where do I start…

• Don't wear uncomfortable or new shoes just to look good!
• Don't wear stilettos if you are located or will be spending the day on grass. Stilettos will sink - get some heel stoppers or wear something with a thicker heel.
• Don't recreate a shade of Oompa Loompa. Tandoori is best left on your plate.
• Don't wear a midriff or revealing clothing! It's the races, keep it classy. Be aware of any dress codes for the event you attend.
• (Men) Don't wear white shoes.

• Do be sun smart and wear sunscreen under your makeup.
• Wear millinery! It's a tradition and one of the perks of the races.
• Do stay hydrated and drink water throughout the day.
• Do accessories. For men and women this is a great way to showcase your individuality and personal style.
• Be comfortable, it's a long day. Comfort = confidence.

Question: Can you share with us what items we'd find in your bag, at the races?

Nikki Phillips: I always carry a small purse, so it doesn't fit much, but the essentials are:
1. Mobile and portable charger
2. Some plasters and safety pins (I always like to be prepared)
3. Lipstick, concealer, travel size perfume.
4. Mints

Question: What advice do you have for those of us hoping to attend the races, on a budget?

Nikki Phillips: Looking for the perfect race look has now been made a lot easier thanks to Afterpay. Afterpay's model is simple; it offers customers interest-free instalment plans by splitting a purchase amount over four equal, manageable fortnightly instalments, available both online and in-store. The financial planning is done for you, so this means a day at the races doesn't need to hit your bank balance all at one time!

With an abundance of brands affiliated with Afterpay to name a few; David Jones, Cue, White Fox, Taro Cash, Myer, The Iconic its really easy to create your dream look without breaking the bank and at any budget $100, $500 or $1000 - it's all possible!

My one piece of advice is to buy something that has longevity - something you will wear again or style differently for another occasion. When you shop well, you get the most out of your wardrobe and your money is well spent.

Interview by Brooke Hunter