How to get Kyneton Cup ready

The countdown to the bet365 Kyneton Cup on 7 November (the day after Melbourne Cup). One punter who’ll be busy scrutinising the style stars of this year’s spring racing carnival coverage is Mini Latif, founder of Ottoman3 Brow Bar and Watergardens Fashions on the Field ambassador. Before she takes her place on the judging panel next month we decided to quiz Mini about her country racing fashion philosophy and tips for winning a share of $9000 in prizes. 

What are you looking forward to about judging Fashions on the Field?

I live for this stuff, I treat it like the Oscars and just love that sense of accomplishment when raceday arrives and you get to put together all the different components of your look. I like to try things that are a bit outside the box, so I’ll be looking for fellow racegoers who are expressing their individuality and taking a risk. Whether an outfit is something I’d choose to wear myself is irrelevant if they’re having fun and being creative. 

Where do you get your inspiration for a raceday outfit?

I take inspiration from the WAGs on the red carpet as well as Instagram influencers from overseas, and sometimes a statement piece just jumps out at me. This year I’ve started with the bag because, well, I just really wanted this impractical little blue clutch and spring racing season is my way to justify that particular purchase. I’ve narrowed it down to three different dresses from Forever New, and now I’m going to turn the decision over to the Watergardens community on social media. 

When do you start thinking about your spring racing look?

I started planning my outfit and getting laser treatments for skin pigmentation about a month ago to make sure I feel my best. The other things I make sure to schedule for the weeks leading up to
raceday include leg waxing, brows (of course) and nails. Luckily you can get all those things taken care of at Watergardens. 

Which essentials will you be carrying in your clutch on Cup Day?

I always carry spare hair pins, a lip balm (easier to reapply than a highly pigmented lipstick), a pressed powder compact (no shiny nose here and – my secret weapon – a pair of foldable ballet flats. Just in case. 

Is it paying attention to the details that gets you the winner’s sash?

 The little things definitely count; not so much because someone might notice you have a chipped nail or your shoes aren’t a perfect match but because you won’t feel as confident as you could have
if you’d put a bit more time in. I love seeing couples coordinating at the races in subtle ways too, not in a matchy-matchy way but one in which his accessories are like an ode to her outfit. 

Any other advice for first-time Fashions on the Field entrants?

If you’re not around fashion all day, ask someone who is for advice on where to start. I’m a confident dresser but I got a lot out of chatting with the ladies in Forever New and asking them questions.

Kyneton is one of the prettiest racecourses in the country and if you’re buzzing off that and enjoying strutting your stuff, your outfit is going to make an impact. 

Follow Mini on Instagram for more spring racing style tips and behind-the-scenes beauty secrets.