3. Tailor outfits
My pet hate is seeing clothing two sizes too big draped over children. Particularly when it comes to boys suiting, slacks or chino’s usually generally have generous length in the leg which if not shortened will gather at the ankle or worst still drag on the floor. Simply taking up the hem (costs roughly $10 at an on-the-spot alterations kiosk) can work wonders and give your little one a much more polished look.
4. Keep an eye on mother nature
Take note of the weather forecast leading up to your race day and plan your outfits accordingly. This may mean having a plan B outfit for the kids or an optional coat on standby. We had an extremely cold and windy spring day, so jackets were essential. I removed my jacket for the heats and froze whilst on stage and backstage (which is open to all the elements and not heated!) My boys wore undergarments under their shirts and blazers for extra warmth.
5. Pack a second pair of footwear
It was a muddy affair last year, so in order to keep the boys looking their best, they wore a pair of shoes to the event and changed into their ‘show time’ shoes just prior to their heat. I also packed a pair of flats for myself to wear after the FOTF formalities as chasing 3 boys in 11cm stilletto heels is not my idea of a good time!