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Jesinta Franklin on autumn races dressing, from your wardrobe to your beauty top shelf

by Racing Carnival / Monday, 23 April 2018

Jesinta Franklin wears Tom Ford at the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day. Image credit: Esteban Le Tessa

Jesinta Franklin shares her tips for getting dressed for the races, head to toe.

Jesinta Franklin knows how to push the boundaries with race day style: she recently wore a full grey Tom Ford men’s suit to the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, as an ambassador for the watch brand. “I love, dressing for the races especially for autumn/winter because lots of tailoring is involved, lots of suiting. For me when I look at any racing outfit, I think about it as a whole. So all the way from my lipstick right down to the shoes that I’m wearing,” Franklin told Vogue.

While we can definitely get behind some serious tailoring and accessorising, what rules do we need to know before we take it trackside? “My hard line rules are: not too short, not too tight and not to revealing. Remember that you’re going to a race day and it’s like a whole look that you’re going for.”

“I’m not a big fan of having too many accessories on race day, which is why I think something like a watch is a really classic way to bring accessories into it,” Franklin adds.

For this particular autumn racing season, Franklin says to swap out black for greys and browns or even try a burgundy look. “Play with different textures as well,” she says. “Like a silk blouse with a tweed jacket.” She advises to start with an accessory and build around it.

Franklin also encourages us to think of our beauty look as part of the outfit and highly recommends a matt lip. “It’s about not putting too much much on the skin. I really think a matt lipstick is amazing because you could literally put one application on, during the morning and its lasts all day.”

Ahead of the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day, Franklin was touting the Kardashian-worthy make-up trend of baking, which refers to letting a powder warm up on the skin before brushing it away. “It kind of sets everything and it makes everything look so velvet and matt under your eyes.” Franklin says this makes her make-up stay on during a long day at the races.

Her most important tip, though, is one for the ages: “Taking your fascinator or headpiece to the hairdressers with you and getting them to pin it in for you. But I mean you might have to leave the hairdresser in your activewear and the headpiece.” Worth it.