Bridgette O'Sullivan

Bridgette is not only the Ellerslie Racing Ambassador and a television presenter – she is also a mother of two – and she still manages to remain chic, and effortlessly stylish!

What do you do?
Mother to 2 girls, Ellerslie Ambassador and television presenter.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
Hudson jeans

Who is your favourite New Zealand designer?
Yvonne Bennetti

What are you coveting this summer?
Nothing really!

What has been your biggest fashion mistake?
Putting an outfit together at the last minute and/or shopping for an outfit in a hurry – in hindsight it’s often a mistake.

What is your favourite fashion purchase/garment/outfit of all times?
Black Dior saddlebag – works with everything.

You would rather eat your own shirt than wear…
Flat shoes to the races.

What are the general rules for race day dressing?
There aren’t really any hard and fast rules these days, but you definitely need a headpiece of some kind. Racing is traditionally conservative so my aim is ‘demure’ rather than ‘diva’. Plus think comfortable high heels.

Are there different dress codes for races held at different times of the day?
Twilight Racing (that’s racing in the late afternoon/evening) is becoming really popular and there is a subtle difference in dress. It’s more cocktail wear – there are lots of cute dresses and headwear tends to be of the hairpiece / fascinator variety rather than large or full brim day hats. But remember to dress for the 5’s not the 9’s.

Hat or fascinator?
I went through a phase of where it was all about the fascinator but now I’m back to small structured hats.

Your hot fashion tips for the readers heading to Auckland Cup Week in March?
Be bold…go for colour…you can never be too over the top or overdressed for a big race meeting – have fun.
Don’t put your outfits together at the last minute – I’ll be at all three race meetings over Auckland Cup Week and I’m starting to think about what to wear now.

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