Racing Fashions

Apart from enjoying the thrill of watching striking thoroughbreds stride down the home straight, attending the races is also about looking the part with racing fashion an important part of any event. Most of our race meetings also feature Fashions on the Field so the great prizes on offer are another reason to dress in style. Elegance and individuality often go hand in hand with Fashions on the Field.

Winter Fashions

Even though we have a beautiful climate here in Coffs, the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup occurs in winter and it is best for styles, colours and fabrics to reflect the season. Rich wintery colours include grey, plum and burgundy. Felt fabrics are often associated with winter race days too.

Spring / Summer Racing

Style and sophistication are important for any racing event. It’s important to remember that race wear and party wear are very different.

Racewear is very much about elegance and modesty. It’s wise to steer away from looks that are too casual or that show too much skin. Anything beachy, in denim or of the tight and strapless variety are not the right choices for race days. Hemlines should always be below the knee.

By all means, make bold and contemporary choices but remember race day is all about style. Choosing something feminine and classic is the way to go. On any race day, some women may be influenced by Derby Day and choose to combine black and white. Monochrome is feminine, understated and glamorous.

And while classic black rarely goes out of style, over the past few years there has been more of a focus on bold colours and patterns. Florals and lace have been prominent in 2016. Other notable trends popular during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival were pastels such as soft pinks and mint greens, print on print and polka dots and metallic.


Hats and fascinators

Millinery is an art form and a gorgeous hat or fascinator often completes a beautiful outfit. Often creative patrons have a hand in making their own hats and fascinators. From Flemington to Royal Ascot, crafty and clever women often stand tall (and on the podium for Fashion on the Field) in their own millinery creations.

For men

Traditional black suits are always a great bet but some men may wish to opt for a different coloured jacket such as navy or one with a simple print. For men, hats can also make a great addition to a suave suit. And a touch old school is noticed too be it a bow tie, corsage or pocket square.

Dress Regulations

Dress Regulations apply at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club and must be adhered to at all times.

Neat, smart casual attire is acceptable.

Clothing with racist, offensive or obscene messages is not permitted.

Unclean or torn clothing is unacceptable as is beach attire such as board shorts, swimwear or bikini tops.

Men must wear fully enclosed shoes. Runners are permitted but they will need to be neat and tidy in their appearance. Thongs, crocs, Ugg boots, slippers, moccasins, gumboots and shoes that are dilapidated in their appearance are not suitable.

Men must wear a shirt with sleeves – singlets and sleeveless shirts are not permitted.