Tuesday was Melbourne Cup day here in Australia. For the uninitiated, the Melbourne Cup is the “horse race that stops the nation”. It’s the biggest sporting event of the year here in Australia, and folks in Victoria (which Melbourne is the capital of) get a public holiday for it. We folks in Queensland don’t, sob! Instead, workplaces across the country often have a kind of celebratory day, including dressing up, a luncheon and often run a sweep, which is a kind of lucky draw betting system where you pay a dollar or two to enter, draw a horse and if it wins, you get a prize. Many Australians place a bet on the race, the only bet they’ll place all year – known colloquially as a “flutter”.
In my office, we do run a sweep and then we have a kind of pot luck lunch together and then all watch the race. It’s a good opportunity to have some social time with my colleagues as we really only get to do that on Melbourne Cup day and at Christmas. Anyway I couldn’t care less about horse racing or betting on said horse racing, but I do love the opportunity to frock up and always have a few dollars in the sweeps, mostly so I can playfully stir with my big boss, who is uncannily lucky with sweeps. It was a delight this year to have the first and second place in the sweeps when she got not a penny – the first time I’ve ever won anything on it and one of the two occasions in all the years I’ve worked with her that she hasn’t had a win! You should have heard the banter that afternoon!
I decided to debut my new Domino Dollhouse bone skater dress, that my friend Diane bought me for my birthday. She landed me the last one in my size, woot!
As you can see, my main accessory for the day was a big arse lace bow headband. After all, if a gal can’t wear a big arse lace bow on Melbourne Cup day, when can she wear one?
I can’t tell you how much I love this dress. It fits beautifully, the fabric is soft and breathes, the print is gorgeous, it is well made and the price was fantastic too. I hope Domino Dollhouse bring out lots of similar dresses in different prints and colours, I’ll be buying them, that’s for sure. I think next time I wear this one I’ll wear my petticoat under it too. I love that Domino Dollhouse do many of their collections up to a size 4X and they’re doing something radical – fat positive marketing and fat-positive products. The clothes Tracy designs and sells say “I’m here! I will not hide myself away!” That is massively radical in plus-size fashion and so empowering. So Domino Dollhouse are one of the companies I am happy to give my money to!
So Aussies – tell me, did you frock up for Melbourne Cup day? What did you wear? And for the overseas folk, do you have a national day (or even a state/province/regional day) that everyone brings out their fab fashions for?