Controversial outfit worn by struggling WAG Nadia Bartel has been banned by spring race officials amid a dress code crackdown.
Race day fashions have always come with a strict guide – but organizers were forced to double down after a string of celebrity guests continued to break the rules with barefoot outfits.
The Australian Turf Club (ATC) has said that trendy ‘cutout’ dresses and ensembles that ‘show the belly’ are unacceptable outfits on race day ahead of Saturday’s Everest Cup.
Skimpy designs have been frowned upon by organizers in the past, but rarely enforced. However, a new dress code describes anything showing the flesh as “unacceptable.”
“The ladies are expected to maintain an appropriate level in accordance with the rules of the member reserve,” says ATC online.
“The dress code also applies to members ‘guests and day guests in dining rooms and venues located in members’ areas. ”
The rules have never deterred famous entrants so much in the past – including besieged former WAG Nadia Bartel who controversially wore a white Dion Lee dress to Derby Day in 2019 with hip cutouts.
Nadia – who was embroiled in a sniffing scandal in September – is also a fan of a racy slit thigh and plunging neckline, rocking the risky patterns during the stylish festivities of 2020.
She’s not the only contestant who has chosen to risk a cutout dress in recent years, with former Bumble Marketing Director Michelle Battersby opting for a lilac dress with racy details in 2019.
Mariam Seddiq’s design had long sleeves and striking detailing on the shoulders, but at the back, structured cutouts made her shoulders and lower back stand out.
Other items of clothing deemed “unacceptable” are jeans, shorts and leggings as well as “ripped” clothing and bulky jackets such as parkas and duffel coats.
The racy cut has become a huge trend in recent years, being rocked by influencers and A-listers.
Kim Kardashian was one of the first to go all out with the risky design, wearing a vintage Thierry Mugler dress in 2019 that sparked the trend.
Since then, he has been seen on red carpets for movie premieres and fashion shows, changing fashion and swimwear trends before being spotted on everyday women walking the streets.