The Bare Facts

Ladies I'm about to go there (yes I know what's new... anyway..) times are a changing and so are the 'rules' of this sport! Namely what you can and cannot wear when competing in FOTF.

Alice Bright looking a absolute knock out in this off the shoulder and Autumn appropriate number. Alice won the Longines Elegance award.

Alice Bright looking a absolute knock out in this off the shoulder and Autumn appropriate number. Alice won the Longines Elegance award.

A little over a year ago it was considered taboo for any self respecting FOTF regular to be seen baring shoulders but just a quick look around social media in recent weeks and months will show that this is no longer the case. What was once the domain of amatuer competitors  (those that enter on the spare of the moment or those that aren't in the know in our community) is now becoming main stream and wait for it.... this once faux par is now taking out sashes left, right, and centre. 

Rose Slape won Melbourne Cup day FOTF at Morphettville 2017

Rose Slape won Melbourne Cup day FOTF at Morphettville 2017

Just a few weeks ago I published a blog for FOTF judges and left out bare shoulders and sure enough within a hour a competitor had queried whether they are appropriate or not and I had to address it. This topic cannot be dodged and we must acknowledge this 'rule' is now redundant. 

Jen Marsh looking magnifique and winning twice in off the shoulder outfits. Photo credit: Alpha Jockey Club Inc.

Jen Marsh looking magnifique and winning twice in off the shoulder outfits. Photo credit: Alpha Jockey Club Inc.

After researching the 'rules' I note that while most FOTF competitions still state that FOTF entrants must adhere to appropriate lengths and no excessive exposure of skin, I haven't seen 'no bare shoulders' anywhere - where this was once expressed exclusively. Please note if a turf club does state no bare shoulders please adhere to it.

Marnie Monroe never fails to dazzle us with her dramatic and colourful FOTF style

Marnie Monroe never fails to dazzle us with her dramatic and colourful FOTF style

It must be acknowledged, however, that the ladies in the above pictures have absolutely nailed the strapless look due to their ability to balance this exposure of skin with dress and sleeve length and shape, in addition to millinery which adds another dimension of elegance to their overall look.

One of my favourite strapless looks would have to be Bunbury's Jo Bovell who absolutely rocks this feminine sihlouette while staying absolutely on trend with this strapless number.

Jo Bovell demonstrates here that off the shoulder ensembles are not limited to modern style alone and gives a nod to vintage design while being on trend with this off the shoulder version of a full swing dress. 

Jo Bovell demonstrates here that off the shoulder ensembles are not limited to modern style alone and gives a nod to vintage design while being on trend with this off the shoulder version of a full swing dress. 

So what do you think ladies? Are you ready to incorporate a off the shoulder outfit into your FOTF wardrobe?

xxx Bethy B
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