There is still a reason to dress to the nines this year after Fashions on the Field was taken “off” the field. A virtual event has replaced the annual heats that were cancelled because of COVID-19, with the Great Southern “Iso Edit” heat to run next week. Women are encouraged to dress up, without being track side, and stage their own photoshoot to enter. In a typical year, Mt Barker woman and The Higher Style owner Samantha O’Neill would take to the catwalk at the Fashions on the Field events. This year, she is encouraging women to make the most of the opportunity to dress up at home. “There is less pressure to walk on the catwalk and you don’t have all the eyes on you so its not as nerve-racking,” she said. “It opens it up for more people to enter. Not everyone is able to attend race meets and with virtual, you can do it in your own time.” She said Fashions on the Field had a great community and provided the perfect chance to express your style. “A lot goes into a winning outfit, it generally starts with an idea of what you think is on-trend and then mix that with your personal style to make it your own,” she said. “You then source the dress, millinery and accessories to pull it all together or sometimes you might have found a piece of millinery that you love and you build your outfit around that. “Who wouldn't take the opportunity to get dressed up with their friends in an outfit they have put together have a few champagnes and take a few quality photos?” The heat closes at 5pm on July 19, with the winner announced on July 21. Visit wafashionsonthefield.com.au.