For Crystal Kimber, who won last year’s Myer Fashions on the Field event, what started as a bit of fun has now turned into her second job, winning everything from luxury cars to designer watches in the process.
The Victorian told Your Money Live how she first got started when she won the Caulfield Cup Carnival event in 2011.
“I thought that I’d give it a go, I’d seen people do it on TV, [so I] picked up a really cheap vintage dress and went along and won some really good prizes,” Kimber said.
“The planning that goes into it has definitely got more extravagant,” she adds.
Since then she said her fashions on the field “side hustle” had netted her expensive watches, trips overseas, shopping trips and even Lexus and Alfa Romeo cars.
But Kimber said that winning the Myer event last year, one of the best-known racing fashion events in Australia, had always been her ultimate goal.
“That was my most special outfit and probably my most cheapest,” she said.
She transformed a skirt her grandmother left to her into a dress and pulled together an ensemble with the help of family and friends.
“My mother who is the most amazing seamstress makes all my outfits come to life,” she said.
Her advice to newcomers was to give it a go, feel confident and comfortable competing, and to keep an eye out for fashion gems in opportunity stores.