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Top Ten Tips for the Darwin Racing Carnival
Monday, 6 August, 2007, 5:44 am
Filed under: Mind Your Manners Miranda

This is a top ten tips list for women to assist with the whole Darwin Racing Carnival bevy of events: 

  1.  The small things matter.  Wash your hair, make sure nails are clean and that includes toenails.  If wearing open toe shoes, make sure you have had a pedicure.
  2. Invest in a good quality hat.  If you have to go to a number of events, invest in one hat that can be slightly altered for each event.
  3. Quality, quality, quality.  Don’t wear fake pearls if you can’t afford the real thing.  Good quality jewellery, shoes and handbags say a lot about the person.
  4. Wear clothing that suits your personality and body shape.  Midriffs, let’s not go there.  Muffin tops are worse and showing off your tattoos, double worse.  No night time fabrics e.g. velvet, sequins or basically shiny and should be worn at night!
  5. Try not to expose too much flesh.  Flabby upper chests and bingo wings are just plainly off putting.  So is back cleavage.
  6. Don’t overdo the makeup – it gets hot out there and you don’t want to look like a tragic clown at the end of the day.
  7. Avoid stilettos, especially in grass areas.  You only ending up sinking and aerating the grass.
  8. Don’t drink too much – not a nice look.
  9. Colour code your underwear with your clothing.  The black bra or knickers under white is so trailer trash.
  10. If you are representing work at a corporate tent, be mindful of that.

PS If the invite stipulates black tie, that means a gown to the floor – still take note of tips above.

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hey Miranda
Enjoyed your blog so far. When doing your next manners tip do you think you could comment on RSVPs? The MOST annoying thing I find with people in the Territory, often those in the social stratosphere, is that they never seem to think it polite to tell you whether or not they are coming to a function. A timely no, is just as appreciated as a yes but lots of people you just get a deathly silence. What do you think?

Comment by The Godmother

Miranda, You just listed the ten things that territorians do at every event not just the Darwin Cup Carnival.
The Darwin Cup Ball is a fantatsic event, however, I feel that a full length ball gown is a little over the top considering the event is on the lawn (true Darwin style). Full Length Bedazzler gowns…..save it for the Amway functions.

Comment by fiona




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