YOU would be hard-pressed to find Kimberley Cootes in a daggy pair of trackies and baggy tee at any given time.
This girl can dress, and dress well.
With a passion for the 1950s vintage look, Mrs Cootes' wardrobe is a hive of stunning dresses, skirts and one-off pieces, and her outfit at the South Grafton Cup yesterday was no exception.
Grafton Shoppingworld Fashions on the Field judges marvelled at her red and black number with pops of gold, and named her the new Face of the Carnival.
With the big shoes of former winner Emma Binns to fill, Mrs Cootes said she was thrilled to be given the opportunity.
"I am so excited. I always enter the Fashions on the Field so it's really nice to take out a win," she said.
"I won best dressed a few years ago, 2009 I think, but to get Face of the Carnival is really exciting.
"I dress like this all the time, perhaps not as extravagant, but this is the one time of year I have a legit-imate excuse to be dressed up and don't get funny looks."
Mrs Cootes had her hat made in March and worked her outfit around that.
With a love of fashion and a keen eye for style, Mrs Cootes said she was pleased to see other racegoers giving the vintage look a crack.
"There is nothing worse than when the girls wear those tiny little summer dresses for a winter carnival, but a lot of people look really classy and lady-like which is great," she said.
Her tips for fashion trackside?
"Dress for the season, wear elegant, winter clothes," she said.
"Take a chance, experiment and have fun with it."
WHAT SHE WORE
Hat: New York Millner Anya Caliendo
Dress: Wicked Dame
Clutch: Vintage Dorset Rex 5th Avenue clutch
Shoes: Oldies but goodies from the wardrobe
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