• Brighley Dangerfield

Spring Racing: Fascinators replaced by Face masks?

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

The first Tuesday of November. The event that stops the nation. An occasion that is highly publicised for it's fashion. Of course, it's the Melbourne Cup.


As we dawn closer to this tradition and with our Melbourne civilians still under some tough restrictions, we can't help but wonder if this could be the first time since the late 1800's that the race will be cancelled.


To be honest, I don't care for the horse racing - i'm not really a supporter of the industry. However, there's not a chance that I could ignore the Fashion on the Fields or the critics calling out the best and worst dressed of the event, I love that around Australia, men and women get dressed up extra special for this day.


Some women spend hundreds, if not thousands on their outfit, some even spend that on one single item: the fascinator.


If - by some odd chance - the event does go ahead, it is likely that face masks will be mandatory (given the current enforcement in Melbourne). Will the face mask be the spotlight of the event this year? Will women pay more attention to the look of their mask and down play on the fascinator? Will fascinators even be there? Only time will tell...





Here are some tips on dressing up your facemask, in the event that you need it for an event.

  • Attach an eye-catching brooch - Gucci anyone?

  • Bedazzle it with some glue-on Swarovski crystals

  • Embroider or monogram it

  • Add texture - can you get creative? studs, feathers, chains, fringes, a veil?

  • Go for sequins

  • Match the fabric of your outfit to your mask - for example, if your dress is white lace, make your mask white lace too

  • Get political and print your message - what do you want people to know you care about? Gold high contrast with solid white mask and black text or vice versa

  • Get creative with where it ties - An oversized back bow? Maybe it can tie into your hair? (See the below style from @molliethehorse.masks)




Brighley Dangerfield is a Gold Coast Personal & Fashion Stylist, as well as an Australian Instagram Style Blogger. She is available for in-person and virtual services. Editorial, lookbook, commercial, social media, personal wardrobes, personal shopping, special occasions and event styling. Now taking on new clients. Book Today!

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