Trackside Style – What to Wear to the Australian Grand Prix
The Australian Grand Prix is the first race weekend on the 2015 Formula 1 calendar. Beginning on the 12th and running until the 15th of March, this major sporting event will see Formula 1 teams and their many fans flock to Albert Park Melbourne from around the globe to watch the race. International guests, Charlize Theron (see our style crush story) and Sean Penn, are also expected to attend the event.
When it comes to what to wear to a day at the Australian Grand Prix, it’s easiest to decide what you are wearing based on where you’ll be watching the race from. For the general race goer, the event is generally a casual and relaxed affair, however in the hospitality suites dress regulations do apply.
If you live in Australia, then you will know that this time of the year is Melbourne at its best, with temperatures usually in the mid to high twenties. Melbourne weather is known for being fickle (four seasons in one day is no joke) so it’s good to be prepared for anything and everything. A light weight cover up, an umbrella, sun hat and sunscreen are all good ideas if you’ve got room in your bag.
We’ve checked out our favourite designer and online retailers to find some style inspiration, so whether you are attending the corporate suites or as a casual spectator we will help you find the perfect outfit for a day at the Australian Grand Prix.
Casual Spectator – General
If you are going as a casual spectator choose an outfit you’ll be comfortable in. It is often windy or there is at least a breeze so its best to avoid wearing anything that is likely to fly up, so keep away from floaty short dresses or skirts. Tailored shorts (see our story on choosing the right pair for you) or lightweight pants, paired with sandals or espadrilles are a great choice. Comfortable shoes are very important as you will be spending a lot of time on your feet depending on how long you will be at the event. Our recent story on espadrilles will offer you some hints and inspiration.
There are so many great hats around at the moment from Panamas and Fedoras to Visors or stylish caps. Hats are a must, to keep the sun away from your face on what can be a long day.
When it comes to bags, choose a tote or a cross-body style or a large bucket bag that will hold everything you need for the day.
Sunglasses are also a must for the day Aviator and coloured frame sunglasses work well with casual style outfits and add personality to your look.
Corporate Hospitality Suites
If you are spending the day in a corporate hospitality suite, then you will be expected to look more dressed up than a casual spectator. The official dress code is smart casual, but can be more formal depending on the individual occasion. If you are attending for work think business casual rather than work attire.
In most cases you will need to walk long distances across grass and bare ground to gain access to your corporate suite so obviously shoe choice becomes very important. Wedges, low heel platforms or sandals are all good options for business casual. Lightweight pants or skirts (not too short) or a sophisticated summer dress are all appropriate. A smart bag and sunglasses are a must. (Shop Style AND Tonic below)
Style AND Tonic Hints
# Wear loads of sunscreen and also carry sunscreen on you
# Take ear plugs
# Take a hat and sunglasses
# It’s a good idea to have a lightweight knit or jacket and even an umbrella in case the weather turns
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