The Recap: Chadstone Fashion Stakes 2015

Last Thursday Chadstone - the Fashion Capital was abuzz with mini fashionistas putting their best Spring Racing foot forward.

I had the privilege of judging the Classic Kids 4 to 7 years category alongside Kate Allen (Chadstone Marketing), Sandi Zaljevic (Kids Fashion Blogger) and Bianca O’Neill (Alphabet Pony.)

Of course the Tribe were in tow and dressed to impress. My boys took to the runway with Giselle and Bella (daughters of Sandi) to highlight key trends for boys this racing season.  Tevita wore a stripe cotton polo with attached suspenders and tailored pant from Bardot Jnr, ideal for relaxed racing meets.
Maikeli looked very smart in his pinstriped short suit and bowtie, also part of the new season collection at Bardot Jnr. Lastly Tomasi dressed for comfort and donned an all-in-one polo style onesie with sew-in pock square and bow tie. This fuss-less alternative paired with a bright chino short is the perfect choice for toddlers on the go and also available at Bardot Jnr.

The adorable Classic Kids participants were divided into five heats and paraded down the runway in their finest raceday outfits. The winning accessory on the day was easily the big smiles on their faces! It was so refreshing to see the children enjoying the moment, acting their age and giggling up on stage. 

Despite an unbelievably tight pool, 10 finalists (6 girls, 4 boys) proceeded through to the Final of the Chadstone Fashion Stakes, whereby the winning boy and girl would receive a Wildcard entry into the Underwood Stakes Final at Caulfield.

Tulle, lace, brights, fascinators and floral headbands featured prominently amongst the girls while the boys sported a mix of checks, prints, pastels, bowties and fedoras. 

After much deliberation, the Underwood Stakes Wildcard prize was awarded to (girls) number 21 who sparkled in a colouful full length Camilla maxi dress and floral headband and (boys) number 46 who looked very dapper in his pastel Bardot Jnr blazer, bright fuchsia lapel, striped bow tie and complimenting fedora.
I'm also pleased to share 'hot off the press' that boy awarded the Wildcard entry on Thursday was crowned the Overall Male Classic Kids Winner at the Underwood Stakes on Saturday! Great choice judges and well done little man!

Aside from judging duties, Sandi (@Kidsfashionblogger) and I also shared our tips and tricks for dressing young racegoers and enjoying a stress-less day by the track.

Mummy Trackside Do's & Don'ts

o   Do pack baby wipes - ideal for removing dirty stains and keeping little fingers and faces clean

o   Do wear sensible heels or pack an alternate pair for chasing tots

o   Don’t go strapless or wear flimsy style dresses which could easily end in a wardrobe malfunction when lifting children

o   Do opt for prints, floral or busy patterns, ideal for concealing stains from grubby fingers

o   Don’t wear whites or pastels – they’ll definitely display the ‘spolis of the day’

o   Do embrace the romantic, boho 70s trend or opt for a killer pantsuit or jumpsuit for comfort trackside

o   Do attend with friends who have children or bring grandparents along to give mum some child free time to sip bubbles

o   Do involve the kids in the racing culture, possibly hold a family ballot (minus the bidding) to build excitement

o   Do accessorize children's outfits if entering Fashion Stakes. Headwear for little girls and a sweet handbag is looked upon favorably, as is floral lapels, hats and neckties for boys

o   Do dress children age appropriately. Make up, high heels and ‘disco’ wear have no place in children’s race day attire. As for boys, be mindful of sensible footwear and avoid ill-fitting suits

o   Do pay attention to the weather forecast and plan accordingly. This may mean having chino shorts aside for him in the event of a scorcher or a lovely coat on hand to cover her shoulders if a cooler spring day should arise

o   Do try to relax and have fun! 

Sandi (left) looked absolutely stunning in her Willow peplum dress, David Jones Millinery and Nine West pumps. I wore the most amazing bejewelled jumpsuit by Camilla (currently a best seller) and bespoke floral headpiece by Floral Accent.

All images by Lisa Frieling 


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