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Autumn racing Q & A with Janette Wojtaszak

Laura Peppas

Still stuck on what to wear for this Sunday’s Black Opal Stakes?

We enlisted the help of stylist Janette Wojtaszak for a few last-minute tips…

What are the current fashion trends for autumn racing?

With heavier fabrics like leather, velvet and felt on display for autumn/winter 2018, the same goes for the race track. The rich colour pallete for the season include shades such as red pear, ultra violet and sapphire blue. The subtle colour pallete includes shades such as lavender, starry yellow and Fanta orange. Bell sleeves, block heels and statement earrings will still be around for the season. Simple, yet structured large printed dresses will be a key style.


What would you like to see people wearing?

I would like to see people push the boundaries and celebrate their individual style personality. While it’s important to incorporate trends, don’t go overboard. Race wear is longer hemlines with elegant, statement touches. Judges look for the overall head-to-toe look.

It would be good to see women wearing some type of leather leaf or flower crown, and to see people wearing printed large floral prints and block heels and clashing belts and complementary gloves.

For the gentlemen, stay clear of too much black and choose a mix­ ‘n’ match ensemble. A winning combination is a deep blue blazer, white shirt, sand or burgundy pants and a printed pocket­ chief in burgundy, plum and pink tones.

What are the biggest ‘no no’s?’  

  1. Looking like a Christmas tree!
  2. When choosing your foot wear, I recommend wearing a heel height that you can last in all day. You don’t want to be the barefoot girl, carrying her heels.
  3. Men this one is for you, wearing an ill-fitting suit is a don’t. Take time to tailor, I hope men do this generally anyway.
  4. Wearing stockings with open toe shoes.

Fashions on the Field from the Black Opal Stakes

Can you talk about how headwear has evolved – for example crowns and hats have been popular in the last few years, while fascinators appear to be officially “out?”

I love how headwear has evolved! From bold crowns to wide-brimmed hats, these styles have dominated. If you want to make a statement I would choose a large crown (made of leather or felt), or if you want to be understated I would go for a leafy headband or pretty bow. David Jones and Lovisa at the Canberra Centre have a great range styles, from designer to high street.

As for a hat, you can stay on trend and choose a felted two-toned hat or a biker hat with some leather trim. [Canberra milliner] Christine Waring makes some amazing leather caps, which you can wear anytime.

the essentials

What: Black Opal Stakes
When: Sunday, 11 March 2018. Gates open 11.30am
Where: Thoroughbred Park, 1 Randwick Rd, Lyneham
How much: Adult entry from $25, under 18s free


Feature image: Janette Lenk 


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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