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Field of dreams is beyond the track

The 2014 autumn racing carnival begins at Ascot today and, while for many it's all about horses, for others it's a chance to show off fashion finery in Myer's Fashions on the Field competition.

Each season, Perth's fashion-conscious racing set frock up for the chance to make the national finals and prove that Victorians do not necessarily have a monopoly on trackside style.

Punters will bet on the $500,000 Karrakatta Plate and $250,000 WA Oaks races while judges size up the fashion thoroughbreds.

Myer general manager of womenswear Charlotte Riley said the big trends included black and white, tailored suits and dark winter florals.

Ms Riley said dresses by WA designer Aurelio Costarella were already proving a popular choice, while Jayson Brunsdon was another go-to designer for women wanting to perfect an elegant look.

Ms Riley said it was important for Fashions on the Field entrants to balance trend awareness with a classic style that was not too revealing.

Millinery styles came and went but an eye-catchingly architectural piece in hot pink or bold red would always be guaranteed to make waves. Shoes must complement the outfit without being uncomfortable.

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