Fashion: Turning Heads this Boxing Day with Dark Hampton

21 Dec 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

If you want to stand out from the crowd (in the best way possible) and give your outfit that extra bit of wow factor, you can’t go past a Dark Hampton scarf. Here we list our top 5 favourite ways to wear these beauties and explain why they are the most versatile (and chic) accessory you will ever own…

But before we get into that, let me introduce you to Dark Hampton, a NZ-owned company based out of beautiful Christchurch and sponsor of our Classic Womenswear category in the Boxing Day Style Stakes for 2023.

Dark Hampton was born out of three friends (Amie, Kate and Amanda) mutual love of a scarf, and the often impossible task of finding one they truly loved. This mix of love and frustration sparked the idea to create a business that reflected their personalities, showcased their strengths and allowed them the opportunity to design little pieces of luxury to help women around the country (and beyond) feel like the best versions of themselves and they’ve been going from strength to strength ever since. We love that each scarf is created with a close friend of the Dark Hampton team in mind serving as its muse with their style and personality weaved into its fabric and colour palette.

So now we know a bit more about our friends at Dark Hampton, let’s get into our top 5 ways to make you feel raceday ready with one of their unique pieces..

  1. Neck-st Level Elegance

Stating the obvious here but it’s what you do with it that counts. Tie it once, twice, position to the front, side or in a rosette, Dark Hampton have many helpful step-by-step tutorials on their socials that will have you mastering the necktie in no time. They also offer twillies, petite and standard silk and cashmere modal scarves, so the options really are endless.

The Dormer silk twilly worn as a necktie to complete this fab raceday look at Addington


2. Good Hair Day

Say goodbye to boring ponytails and bland headbands. Dark Hampton have the goods and all the ideas for how to up your hair game for your next trackside outing. Twist a twilly over a hairband you have at home, tie it in a cute bow or opt for a larger silk scarf to create a headwrap or simply let it hang freely to blow in the breeze. Headwear on a raceday is like Ellerslie to Auckland, they just go, but we know raceday millinery can be a bit too spenny for some and if you’re not wanting to spend $$$ on a hat then Dark Hampton has got you covered and you can be sure their offering will have you ready to slay all day!

Ponytail perfection in the Gebbie large silk scarf


3.  Revamp an old fav

Do you have a brimmed hat that you think could be a great raceday option but you can’t quite work out how to make it tie in with your outfit? Then the Dark Hampton twilly is here to help. With a range of twillys in multiple beautiful colourways there’s sure to be one to match and once again save on having to buy a whole new headpiece (and we love reusing our precious pieces too!).

Stand out style with the petite Glackin silk scarf


4. Taking wrists

This one is great if you feel like your outfit needs that wee bit of something extra, perhaps a pop of colour or a cool statement accessory to make it really stand out. Enter our favourite Dark Hampton silk scarves. Opting to wrap one around your wrist in place of jewellery is an unexpected spot for these beauties but is a great way to add an extra splash of style and once again emphasises the versatility of a gorgeous scarf.

The Dormer silk twilly upping the style stakes


5. All wrapped up

We’ve covered the neck, hair, hats and wrists…..’ What’s left? ‘ We hear you ask…..the bag of course. No raceday outfit is complete without this faithful companion by your side and just like a hat left idle in the closet because it doesn’t quuuuite match your look, a bag can often be sat in the same boat. However, never fear because once again Dark Hampton is here and tying a silk scarf to her or wrapping a twilly around her handles in the perfect colourway is another fab option to bring a whole raceday look together without the need to rush out and buy something new.



Final call for fashionistas! Pukekohe Park hosts its last regional qualifier of the season, the Boxing Day Style Stakes, and we not only have some fabulous prizes up for grabs but TWO coveted qualifying spots for The Ned Prix de Fashion regional final.

The Dark Hampton Classic Womenswear winner on the day will receive:

  • A prize package from our friends at Dark Hampton (valued at over $1000)
  • A bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne
  • A Regional Finalist spot into New Zealand’s national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion.

Learn more about the competition here.

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