She stood out in the line-up at Yarra Valley Cup; sporting a monochrome outfit with pops of colour, vintage aesthetic and texture-rich detailing, Nicole Walters had short odds to take out the coveted sash… and that she did! Today on the blog I am thrilled to introduce you to this FOTF regular and Country Racing enthusiast. A huge thank you to Nicole for taking the time to give us a little insight into her world!
EL: Tell me a little about yourself, what you do for work and how you came to start entering Country Racing Fashions on the Field?
NW: I don’t have a background in fashion; however, I do enjoy shopping and planning my outfits with my Mum and attending the races with my entire family. I’ve got a business degree and work as a Human Resources Advisor.
I’ve been entering FOTF competitions with my sister, Brooke, for the last four to five years and love travelling across the state to compete in country and city events. The first FOTF competition that I entered was at Pakenham in 2010 and i was very excited to get second place. My biggest FOTF achievement was in 2011 when I was chosen as one of the finalist for Country’s Best Dressed Female where I made the top four, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
EL: Where do you go to for outfit inspiration?
NW: My sister and I have very different styles and we often watch old movies for inspiration for a classic look. Also we love the TV Show ‘Fashion Police’ for inspiration on current styles.
EL: What are your go-to places for shopping?
NW: Going to the races and entering FOTF is the perfect excuse to go shopping! We don’t have a preferred milliner as we like to purchase pieces from all over the world. When we go on family holidays my Mum will often research local milliners and we will add the hat shopping activity to the agenda. Our favourite hats have come from New York and Auckland. We buy our outfits from a variety of shops but I prefer to shop at Myer (city) or Chadstone where I can choose from a large selection of Australian designers. I like to support local designers and the local economy. Most of our accessories including bags, brooches and gloves have come from our nanna.
EL: Tell me about your Yarra Valley races outfit?
NW: Yarra Valley Racing Club is my local and my favourite racing club in Victoria. I’ve been attending with my family and friends for over 10 years and I was thrilled to win on Sunday. I wore a classic black and white Cue skirt with a vintage top from New York which I paired with an orange felt headpiece made by Jill & Jack, orange Oroton shoes, Leona Edmiston bag and a brooch from nanna which completed my autumn outfit.
EL: What are your tips for incoming Autumn and Winter FOTF trends?
NW: I love the laser-cut leather tops & dresses and I’ve heard 70s inspired outfits will be big this season.