4 Reasons to Use a David Jones Stylist for Your Spring Racing Look

David Jones Personal shopper for Race Day

Here’s how a stylist can help you – yes, you! – look your most fabulous on race day.

It might sound like a luxury for the rich and famous, but a David Jones stylist could be your best secret style weapon for the spring racing carnival. They’ll greet you with Champagne then help you put together an outfit that’s perfectly suited to your style and figure, all from the comfort of a luxurious and private Personal Shopping suite. And best of all: using a David Jones stylist is completely complimentary and with no minimum spend. We spoke to three David Jones stylists – Amy Taip, Stephanie Pavlou and Nathan Truong – about why they should be your go-to source when planning your race-day fashion.

It saves you time

Tally up the time it would typically take to find your frock or suit – let alone the millinery, shoes and accessories to match – and you can easily spend the better part of a day. Which can be a whole lot of fun but sometimes, you just want the result without the time. This is where your very own stylist comes in. After a quick phone call or email to get your vital measurements and an idea of your taste, your stylist will pull together an edit of looks to suit your race day (or days). They do the legwork (often across multiple store levels and departments) editing and curating pieces so you can simply try on, edit, select and go.

The whole process takes up to two hours, and you’ll walk away with a perfectly coordinated head-to-toe look. That’s right, they’ll even organise the accessories to match.

They know the rules and guidelines

If you struggle to remember when to wear black and white, or which flower is associated with a certain race day, delegate it to your David Jones stylist instead. They’re well-versed in the fine art of race-day etiquette and how to satisfy the different dress codes.

“I ensure that I have an in-depth understanding of the guidelines and I’ll always check that pieces fit those guidelines,” says Stephanie. “I want all my clients on the best-dressed list!”

Amy agrees, noting, “The rules are the rules and they’re there for a reason.”

They’ll nudge you outside your comfort zone

Whether you’re too timid to try a print or always gravitate to an A-line skirt, it can be easy to fall into a style rut. Fortunately, the professionals are skilled at helping to gently encourage you towards something new.  

“This is something we do on a daily basis,” says Amy. “And 95 per cent of my clients will choose to buy something out of their usual comfort zone.”

But Amy insists that it’s definitely more of a nudge than a push. “The final decision is always my client’s decision. I don’t try inject my opinion too much in the decision process, because it’s important the client makes the best decision for themselves.”

Your outfit is tailored to you

“Strong and quality tailoring can make or break an outfit,” says Nathan. Your stylist will suggest any alterations that might be needed – from nipping in a jacket to taking up a pair of trousers – and will then arrange for the work to be done by the David Jones in-house alteration service, so that your outfit is perfectly tailored to you. And if you have a David Jones American Express Platinum card, these adjustments are completely complimentary.  


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