With the racing season upon us, MH sat down with Myer ambassador and racing carnival regular Kris Smith to talk trackside style and his tips for surviving the season.
MH: In your role with Myer, you attend every day of the racing carnival. Any life hacks that you’ve learned along the way?
KS: It sounds a bit stupid, but make sure you wear comfortable shoes. If they’re brand-new you’re going to be in a bit of trouble. I definitely wear my shoes a couple of times before the carnival. It doesn't have to be outside either - if you want to keep them looking clean and brand new you can wear them around the house. It’s something I’ve done and I’ve never left there with sore feet because of it.
MH: How do you get through the alcoholic marathon that is the spring races?
KS: Part of my commitments, of course, are to do the TV, radio and everything else, I’ve got to do that in a good state but then after that you’ve got to mingle with the guests in the Myer marquee to ensure everyone is having a good time. In terms of booze, it has to be one for one - for every drink I’ll have a water and some food to soak it all up. Then, I find that on my days off in between the race days, a good workout and a stint in the steam room will help turn my life around.
MH: Any other tips to stay looking fresh through all that drinking?
KS I use Clinique products morning and night and their anti-ageing eye cream is definitely worth it in a week like the Spring Carnival. The moisturiser is going to keep you extra hydrated – that’s something you really need when you’ve been drinking. Good cleansing is important too because you can get pretty grubby when you’re out there with all the dirt and dust flying around and all the fun that you’re having. It’s just really about taking care of yourself.
MH: What should guys be wearing this season to stand out from the crowd?
KS: It’s got to be a well-fitted suit. The specifics depend on which day you’re going to go on. Derby Day is always about back and white, but aside from opting for that a grey or dark charcoal suit is always a really good idea. On that note, it’s not too late to get your suit sorted or if you’re in need of some last minute race day inspiration, head on over to Myer to shop their suiting edit now.
MH: What’s your accessory of choice?
KS: For me a pocket square is a must. It needs to complement your shirt or tie - it doesn't have to be exactly the same colour but go for something that will pick everything else up.
Your belt should also match your shoes to a degree, you don't want to turn up with a brown belt and a black shoe. I love having a little bit of fun with a bright pair of socks too.