The Scene: Boxing Day 2014 December 18 2014, 0 Comments

 Sophia Loren at the races circa 1965. Image found here


With The New Zealand Herald Boxing Day races at Ellerslie rapidly approaching, we here at Natalie Chan HQ have put together a rundown on what to expect on the day and an overview of how to dress for your chosen location.


General Admission/Infield

Wider brim hats and fashionable sunglasses are essential for sun protection out on the infield. Wedge heels are also advised so one doesn't sink into the grass! Tidy casual dress is expected, but we always say embrace the opportunity of your day out at the races, so why not pull together an ensemble of your chicest day-wear.


Rachel wear Natalie Chan millinery, and racewear with Dolce and Gabanna sunglasses.


Ascot Stand

For those attendees who value the view of the track, the Ascot Stand which is located five floors up could be the best option for you. Raceday attire is advised and a pair of binoculars could be your best accessory.


Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady's “Ascot Gavotte” scene. Image from here


Champagne Lawn

Hosting a gourmet buffet and located outdoors, the elevated Herald on Sunday Champagne Lawn provides spectators with a closeup view down the home straight. Again raceday attire is advised, think bright and bold outfits while adhering to proper racewear guidelines such as demure silhouettes and modest hemlines. Also look to accessorise your outfit with complementary head-wear. 


Rachael wears Natalie Chan millinery and racewear with a Dior handbag.



With a social alfresco setting and located beside the Birdcage and opposite the Winning PostCuvee race attendees tend to revel in the buzz of being right in the thick of boxing days racing action. Proper raceday attire is expected with fashion forward looks often on display in the Cuvee, think modern trends paired with statement hats.


Image from Ellerslie


Chairmans Club

Ever so slightly more conservative then the outdoor locations the Chairmans Club offers a room with expansive views of the racecourse. A wonderful dining experience is on hand with private television screens at each table for viewing the day's racing live. Might we suggest a petitie sized pillbox or an elegant button hat.


Image from Ellerslie


 Jean Shrimpton elegantly wears a co-ordinating skirt suit. Image found here.


Fashions in the Field

And we come to the all important Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Fashions in the Field competition. 2014 sees the fashion area relocating to a marquee on the lawn adjacent to the entrance driveway. The space will be open to the public with the introduction of pop up bars and restaurants (something the team here are particularly excited about!). With enviable prizes up for grabs and a chance to strut your stylish self we love being spectators to the other big event of the day. Here is a more comprehensive guide on FITF how-to.


Winners from the 2013 Boxing Day Fashions in the Field.

So, what might you be wearing on Boxing Day?

Hope to see you at the races!

The Natalie Chan girls