Meet, Jasmin Fitzgerald. She won the 2019 Mount Gambier Best Dressed Womenswear sash on Friday May 10. We got Jasmin to answer some questions to understand her racing style further.
Tell us about your winning outfit. What are you wearing today?
This outfit was made by the talented dress maker Lainie Brookman from Geelong. My hat is by Lack of Colour with some added detail by me, and my shoes were purchased at Wittner.
What process did you go through to plan and choose this ensemble?
I have been working closely with Lainie to get the detail of this dress perfect. I was after a classic look for autumn racing with feminine touches. I found the houndstooth wool fabric and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my dress and then onto my millinery.
Where did your love for racing fashion begin?
I have always loved fashion and dressing up but my love for racing fashion began whilst living in Warrnambool, the hype surrounding the May racing carnival was always next level. I loved the way all of the ladies I worked with would plan out their outfits for the three whole days, it was really what inspired me to start competing in fashion competitions.
What was your first racing event and how has your style evolved since?
I would have to say the Dunkeld Cup it was such a good country racing atmosphere, the hemlines have certainly got longer and the heels have got a little shorter.
Who are your racewear style icons?
I draw inspiration from everywhere, I love all types of fashion and have a bit of a quirky style myself. But for classic racewear style nobody does it better than Kate Waterhouse she is flawless. Clementine McVeigh is another who rarely gets it wrong.
What are your favourite labels for racewear?
I love Nicola Finetti, Thurley and searching the Millinery and Racewear for-sale page for pieces. But I really love custom made racewear it is so great to have a unique and a one-off piece.
Tell us about your makeup. What look did you choose and what key products did you use?
I do my own makeup most of the time, the number one key product for me is a good primer prior to applying foundation as it allows your makeup to hold and last all day. I use Napoleon Perdis auto pilot. I also love a classic red lip and there is no better lipstick than Chanel. So today I went for the classic look with a pop of red.
What products do you always take in your bag for a day at the races?
Chanel lippy, bobby pins, bandaids and a safety pin. I always make sure my phone is fully charged before leaving the house too.
How did you choose a hairstyle? What styling process did your locks go through?
Wearing this big hat I was very lucky my hair didn’t need much styling or a luxe up-do. The wind was crazy in the morning so a low French roll with a lot of bobby pins it was.
How would you describe your personal style?
Definitely quirky with a touch of luxe.
How do you spend your time when you’re not at racing events?
I have a fast pace job as an operating theatre nurse, so when I’m not working or attending the races, I love spending time with my husband taking our two dogs walking and playing netball on Saturdays.
Why should everyone book in a day at the races this year?
It is such a great social day out and any opportunity to dress up is a good one, book a marquee and spend a fun day with family and friends watching the sport of kings.
What is your favourite race day to go to and why?
This is a tough one as I love a few but I would say grand annual day in Warrnambool on the Thursday of May race week is a very special day. The atmosphere is second to none and the town is a buzz.
What is the biggest mistake women make when dressing for a racing carnival?
Not dressing to the conditions, there is no point wearing something that you are either going to freeze or swelter in. Check the forecast and have a few options to add comfort to your race day.
What is your style advice for first-time racegoers?
Have fun and be confident. Do your research, it's now easier than ever! There are so many wonderful blogs and race wear pages online now it is a wonderful supportive community where the common interests is racing and racing fashion.