“USUALLY the skirts are too short and the trousers too long.”
It was the musing of one man standing in the foyer of the SS&A Club before last night’s Morris Medal event.
And he wasn’t far off the mark.
Short was certainly the popular option, with just a handful of longer dresses among the hundreds of guests.
There was a good reason for it, though.
“Good pins, get those pins out,” a woman advised others grouped on the red carpet to get their photo taken — well, they had just played a netball season.
“Most of the girls have the legs to pull it off,” Lavington Panthers netballer Tamara Mathews said.
“And either way, these dresses can’t be any shorter than the ones we wear on the weekend.
So, while it felt like winter outside, inside was a different story, and not just because of the length of dress most opted for.
A splash of colour, on clothes and lips, was popular, with North Albury netballer Chloe Senior stating the trend marked a change in seasons.
“You’ve got to get out the colour, it makes you look forward to summer,” she said.
Bright colours, earrings and lipstick.
They all seemed to be necessities.
But there were a few necessities that didn’t fit the usual code.
Two girls hopped into the venue, gripping crutches after some sport-inflicted leg injuries.
Jacqui Hallawell, dressed in a black number with yellow detail, had to dress her injured knee, too.
“It’s a sporting night so they’ve got to understand,” she said of the bandage.
But the night wasn’t all about the girls.
The lads made a concerted effort too, most in white shirts and black suits.
Les O’Brien went for something a little different, though.
The O&M historian, who believed it must have been about his 40th Morris Medal event, sported a classy black suit and a black tie marked with gold O&M logos.
“I always wear the O&M tie,” he said.
“I’ve got a gold O&M tie for when I wear my brown suit, too.”
So, what did he think about the fashion on the red carpet?
Trousers too long, skirts too short?
“No, I reckon in the last few years it’s been better because they’re all more fashion conscious,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Though, they do try to out-do each other, these netball girls.
“They show off their fitness.”
There were no complaints from the gents.