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How to dress for Spring Racing Season in 2022

We are gallivanting ahead to one of the most fun and frivolous times of year; Spring Racing Carnival! Heels to the ready, fascinators out, if you like getting dressed up, then this is a month long event you’ll want to attend. Keep reading for our top tips on what to wear this year so you can dress to impress. 

What to wear to the races in 2022 

The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival kicks off with Derby Day on the 29th October this year and is followed by a week of partying. Each event is slightly different and some come with specific dress codes, so you should make sure to pay attention to the rules, if any, to avoid wearing red on a black and white themed day!

What to wear to Derby Day? 

It all kicks off at the Melbourne Racing Carnival with Derby Day. This is one of the most popular carnival events as it kicks off the whole party. It’s also the event with the strictest dress code- so ladies and gentlemen, make sure to take heed. The order of the day is only black and white, and you’ll stick out like a sore thumb in any other colour. Here’s some ideas for what to wear: 

  1. Irena Sinamay Fascinator 

Black fascinators are an essential for any Derby Day outfit in 2022. We particularly love this stunning Irena Sinamay headpiece as it’s not too OTT and therefore easy to wear with anything. It features pleated, circular motifs artfully arranged on two narrow headbands, and is both elegant and regal in style. 

What to wear to the Melbourne Cup? 

The main event of the Spring Racing Season is undoubtedly the Melbourne Cup. Touted as the ‘race that stops the Nation’, all eyes are on the fashion carpet before and after the race. The dress code is loose, however, you will of course need to be in formal wear if you’re in the VIP or bird cage areas. Here’s the bag we’re taking to this year’s Cup: 

  1. Gigi Rose Gold Handle Bag 

Melbourne Cup is the perfect excuse to get really dressed up! We think adding a cute mesh bag is a surefire way to up the glam on the biggest race day of the year. This one is vintage inspired, and a glam take on a framed clutch. Can be held as a top handle or folded over and worn as a crossbody bag.

What to wear to Oaks Day?

Also known as ‘ladies day’, this is probably our personal favourite race day event. Why? Because it’s all about us! Get your girlfriends together, and kick up a storm at the Oaks Day event in your finest. There’s no official dress code here, so you can really let your creativity shine. We like the idea of something ultra feminine like: 

  1.  Roberta Lace Headband

Florals are our order of the day! What’s better than just florals however, is the addition of lace with this gorgeous flower headband. In a sultry red, this adds a gorgeous floral note to your race day looks. Featuring a garland of guipure lace flowers, attached to a thin ribbon wrapped headband, for perfect positioning everytime.

What to wear to Stakes Day? 

Also known as ‘Family Day’, this is the most relaxed of all the race day events. By no means does that mean jeans and a t-shirt, but it does mean you can get away without full formal attire in the public arena. Our style note for Stakes Day? A big pretty wide brim hat

  1. Anika Boater Hat 

Keep things casual with a gorgeous wide brimmed hat. We like this one with white or black lace wrapped around and matching pearls for real race day glam. Sun smart check, style check! 
Looking for more advice on race day fashion? Take a read of this article on Melbourne Cup Fashion now and prepare to get your glam on!

Disney and Nick’s Redhead Stars: Where Are They Now?

Remember rushing home to flip on the Disney Channel? The fleet of young stars were almost universally destined for greater things – and to become the next generation’s huge hotties (just look at how Ross Lynch has grown 👀).

As you know, here at Sassy Dove we’re all about the redheads, so here are some of our favorite redheaded stars and starlets of Disney and Nickelodeon fame and where they’ve spent their grownup time (plus, their best look yet [imo]).

Bella Thorne

Perhaps the most infamous in her claims to post-Disney fame on this list, Bella’s rise to grownup stardom has been a controversial one. Her days in Shake it Up with Zendaya and Blended with Adam Sandler were soon overshadowed by a highly active SnapChat account and ultimately, an OnlyFans debut. Since she has also directed an, ermmm… grownup film, we can say her Disney days are well over.

Despite Bella’s public antics and constant speculation about her sobriety, surgeries and more (which she seems to revel in), the girl’s got style – even if it isn’t yours, you’ve gotta respect it. Check our fave Bella fashion moment: devouring French braids, Versace heels and an olive green minidress on the set of Extra with Mario Lopez to promote the #LoveYourNature campaign.

Debby Ryan

You may have met Debby in her Disney sitcom Jessie where she portrayed a sassy Texan babysitter looking after a group of rich siblings (or maybe it was The Suite Life On Deck!), but her recent fame has been all about the memes. Who hasn’t seen Debby’s cringey smirk or DJ intro from Radio Rebel?

Debby has had so many phenomenal fashion moments, but for us she’s best in this YANINA Spring 2018 couture she wore to the AMAs:

Calum Worthy

Speakling of everyone’s favorite endearingly-weird sidekick Dez from Austin and Ally hasn’t fallen off the map – in fact, he was on Hulu’s smash based-on-a-true-nightmare The Act as Gypsy Rose Blanchard’s unhinged love interest and accomplice Nick Godejohn, and will start in the new comedy series Reboot with Keegan-Michael Key and Judy Greer.

While Calum isn’t featured on as many runways as most of this list, we love that he’s a risk taker who channels Dez in his fashion moments, including this daring suit from the Emmys:

Ariana Grande

While she’s not a redhead now, Ari made her debut in our hearts and minds as the ruby-locked Kat in Victorious and later, Sam & Kat. Obviously, her career has exploded as it was quickly revealed that Ariana possesses one of the greatest voices of her generation. Combined with a keen sense of what pop wants, there was never any stopping this babe.

There’s no shortage of current-era Ari out there, so let’s feature our girl pre-Sweetener – she wore this adorbs strapless nude-pink ensemble to the Nick 2011 Kids Choice Awards, major throwback!

What stars are you remembering from the days of Gen Y yore? Should we do blondes next? A Degrassi: TNG throwback perhaps for Sir Drake? Let us know in the comments below!

The Most Beautiful Dresses For a Teenage Girl

It can be hard to find a dress appropriate for your teenage girl. For instance, you would not want to get them an unflattering dress that makes them appear older than their age. Additionally, your teenage girl can also become the subject of ridicule amongst her peers. If you are a parent to a teenage girl, you have to be knowledgeable about suitable dresses for your girl. Here are four beautiful girls dresses that you can purchase today.

Sheath Dress

It is a kind of form-fitting dress that is nipped at the waistline. As a result, it emphasizes a girl’s curves. The dress is thus ideal for girls with an hourglass body type. Unfortunately, there are tight dresses that inconvenience a girl’s movement. Thankfully, this dress solves that problem by having slits.

With this dress, you are spoilt for choice. For example, you can have a sleeveless, short sleeve or a half sleeve one. Also, with the neckline, you can opt for a halter or V-shaped one.

To further enhance your look, you can wear a belt to emphasize your curves. An excellent belt to choose from is a colored one or a sash. The essence of such belts is to show where your waistline begins from.

Sun Dress

The dress is best for summer due to its light fabric. Most sundresses are either strapless or have a spaghetti strap. In addition, sundresses come in bright colors (yellow, green or blue) or floral print. 

Sundresses give off a minimalistic look since they have one color scheme. Most parents would agree that most multi-colored dresses are distracting. If you want an ordinary but pretty look for your teenager, then a sundress is one of the best girls dresses to get.

Empire Waist Dress

The bodice of this dress begins just below the bust and not the waistline like most dresses. This dress is ideal for teenage girls who are insecure about their bodies. For petite girls, it elongates their frame. As for plus-size women, the dress does not emphasize their waistline hence redirecting focus to their bust. 

The dress is ideal for girls attending proms, weddings or birthday parties. For formal and informal events, choose one with long and short drapes, respectively.

Bell-Sleeve Dress

It is a type of dress whose sleeves resemble bells. In addition, you can choose long or short bell-sleeves. Long bell-sleeves go until your wrist, while short bell-sleeves reach your elbow. This is yet another stylish dress ideal for teenage girls with varying body types.

For apple-shaped girls, they add volume to their arms to balance their broad shoulders. In the case of pear-shaped girls, they add volume to their arms to make them seem bigger. 

The dress is ideal for simple and bold teenage girls. If you want to for a simple look, you can get one with short bell-sleeves. For a bold look, you can get one with wide bell-sleeves.

Conclusion

Have you figured out a dress for your teenage girl? Your teenager can look stylish wearing a simple or bold dress based on the mentioned dresses. You only need to find out what kind of statement they like making with their outfits. After all, you do not want to impose a particular dress on your teenager.

FASHION IS ENTERING THE WORLD OF ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICS

The textile sector is constantly evolving. It is now well known that the fashion industry is often a source of pollution and that the topic of sustainable and eco-friendly textiles is at the centre of continuous debates, especially in the development of new environmentally friendly yarns. In the field of sustainable fine fabrics, the Made in Italy ‘brand’ is making itself felt with several companies and start-ups producing completely sustainable Italian fabrics.

THE PRECURSORS OF SUSTAINABLE FABRICS

There are many studies and projects being carried out around the world for the development of sustainable fabrics. They are artificial fabrics for which a wide range of food waste or plant fibres serve as the raw material. There are numerous sustainable Italian fabrics being produced and they are used by a variety of international companies.

A pioneer of sustainable fashion is Stella McCartney who, in May 2020, launched a collection of biodegradable jeans made from a sustainable Italian fabric. It is an organic stretch cotton free from microplastics and completely compostable, coloured with a surface dye that reduces the use of water and chemicals. 

Another example is Orange Fiber, recognised globally for its totally Italian sustainable fabric. As the name suggests, the brand has patented the first fabric made from citrus fruits. By combining two excellences of our peninsula – fine fabrics and quality agriculture – a light, soft fabric has been created that uses cellulose extracted from the residue of citrus pulp, the waste product that remains at the end of the process for extracting orange juice.

Vegea Srl is another company that, similarly to Orange Fiber, has developed a project for the creation of an ecological and vegetable-based leather, called WineLeather, obtained from the recycling of about 13 million tonnes per year of grape pomace, a waste material from wine production. 

Both the citrus fabric and the wine leather were awarded the Global Chance Award by the giant H&M, a highly prestigious prize given annually to five innovative companies in the field of fashion and in particular, of sustainable fabrics.

THE ONGOING SEARCH FOR SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

One of the most amazing recent innovations is a fabric that nobody would have dreamed of: a fine fabric made from marble dust. Mare/Morea is a sustainable fabric whose starting point is marble waste. This is a pure material that when mixed with other synthetic components can be combined with all kinds of fabrics as a very strong, lightweight and waterproof coating. 

There are many other companies that are devoting themselves to researching special materials in order to produce new environmentally friendly, sustainable fabrics, without sacrificing the quality and softness of the fabrics. Once again Made in Italy is confirmed at the top of the sector with innovative, recognised projects capable of bringing about real ecological change.  

For more detailed information, see the in-depth article “Ratti and the sustainable operation of its business” by Ratti, now one of the world’s leading players in the production of high-end fabrics and accessories.

How to Market Yourself as an Image Professional

So, you want to be an image professional. You’ve already learned what there is to learn through image consultant training classes. You know what type of client you want. But how do you actually get started? How do you market yourself as a professional?

A lot of this depends on your client base. Are you going after high-powered executives? Stay-at-home moms, who want more style? Salespeople? Professionals?

But your general marketing advice will be the same: You need to network.

Start With Your Own Style Makeover

You are helping others develop their image. They aren’t going to trust you unless you have a great image of your own. Think about the clients you want to attract. Who would they be interested in working with? Cultivating your own image, both in-person and online, is going to be the first step toward building your business.

Build Up Your Social Media Accounts

Pinterest, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter; as an image professional, you need them all. But you’ll probably have one place you call “home.” A lot of people use their Instagram foremost, as it’s a great way to get interaction and engagement from people beyond your current reach. Start building up your social media accounts with as much content as possible. You want people to find you.

If you’re operating in person, try to build out your local content as much as you can. If you’re operating online, you can try to build out in avenues that relate to being an image professional; style, fashion, success, business, entrepreneurship, and more. It all depends on your core audience and what you do that’s special.

Print Cards — And Use Them

Your business cards are your calling card. Get a lot of them printed out and start handing them out as frequently as you can. You want people to know what you do. When people talk to you, make sure they get your card; even if they can’t use it, they might as well pass it on. And make unique cards that stand out, not just standard ones. You’ll find that people often appreciate a good or creative business card and they talk about it and show it to other people.

Go to Networking Events

Networking events can connect you with other professionals in your area. You’ll find that there are a lot of small business owners who need a “makeover” in terms of image. There are also a lot of people who are interested in local politics or otherwise need someone to look over their image and make sure it’s polished. You can also go to networking events specifically targeted toward other image professionals; they can give you advice and information about their own marketing tactics.

Be Visible Within Your Community

Go to charity events. Fundraise. Do things to remain visible within your local community. The more people you interact with, the more likely it is that they’re going to want to interact with you. You want to engage people on their level; you want to meet them where they live. Research has shown that people trust people more when they’re engaged with the community and when they’re giving back. And, of course, it’s good for you too!

Write Articles and Guest Blogs

A great way to extend your reach is to start writing articles and guest blogs about being an image professional. When people look you up, they’ll see you as an authority within your space; this is very important for building credibility and trust, especially when you’re just starting out! Write guest blogs, into the local newspaper, or even try to get a column in a local magazine.

Start an Email List

While you’re marketing, don’t forget to collect emails. Email marketing is still one of the most effective forms of marketing today. The more you connect with your audience, the more you enhance their perceptions of you. They will know that you know your stuff and they’ll be inclined to connect with you in the future. Populate your email list with articles about current trends, styles, and concerns. It will show them that you stay on top of current news and it will provide valuable information for prospective clients.

Link Up

Forge alliances with other businesses. Leave business cards in salons and local shops. Connect with other stylists and create a “group.” Look for businesses that your clients might go to. For instance, a lawyer might be able to deliver you referrals to clients who want to clean up their image. It may not seem intuitive to be working in the legal field immediately, but when you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense.

Take Your Time

It does take time to build a following. Most image professionals will start out with one or two clients. From there, word-of-mouth and their own marketing efforts will grow their book. A lot of your clients are going to be recurring. So, you will develop over time — but you need to be patient. Often, the best marketing is doing a great job for your existing clients.

Because the image profession is blasting off right now, there’s still a lot of work being done in the industry. There have been professional stylists and fashion consultants for many hundreds of years, but the industry is growing rapidly and changing. You will find many opportunities just about anywhere; you just need to know which ones to take.