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Brownlow 2022: Haylea Cooney reveals why she broke the black tie dress code

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Footy WAG reveals why she broke Brownlow’s Black Tie dress code by wearing a blazer and shorts instead of a dress: ‘It wasn’t a disrespectful thing’

Haylea Cooney did not adhere to the ‘black tie’ dress code for the 2022 Brownlow Medal in Melbourne on Sunday night, late in a blazer and shorts instead of the usual cocktail dress.

The wife of former Western Bulldogs star Adam Cooney instead played it cool and casual for the AFL’s night of nights in a khaki cropped suit she bought from Country Road. Herald Sun on Tuesday it was ‘I am me’.

“I’ve never been more nervous in my life than going to the Brownlow,” she said, recounting how she’d struggled to find a dress for the ceremony with just four days’ notice.

Haylea Cooney didn’t stick to the ‘black tie’ dress code for the Brownlow Medal in Melbourne on Sunday night, getting up late in a blazer and shorts instead of the usual cocktail dress

The footy WAG continued: ‘Adam told me on Thursday we were going. We now live in Geelong and I hurried around but couldn’t find anything.’

Haylea admitted she usually went on “crash diets” for months on red carpet events, but this year she didn’t have time to worry about that. Fashion wise, she had to settle for a black crop top and big chunky boots under her oversized blazer.

“I was a little out of touch with the black tie dress code and sweating in my big chunky boots and my Country Road suit, but it was the first year I felt really comfortable,” she said. ‘It wasn’t disrespectful; I was just myself.’

The wife of former Western Bulldogs star Adam Cooney instead played it cool and casual for the AFL's night of nights in a khaki short suit she bought from Country Road, telling Herald Sun on Tuesday that it was

The wife of former Western Bulldogs star Adam Cooney instead played it cool and casual for the AFL’s night of nights in a khaki short suit she bought from Country Road, telling Herald Sun on Tuesday that it was “just me being me.” used to be’

Haylea posted photos of her outfit to Instagram on Monday, posing with her husband, who was wearing a black-on-black suit, alongside the caption: ‘Brownlow 2022 ready.

‘Four days’ notice period (thanks, ads). Definitely the most comfortable I’ve ever been on: no crash diet, no dress, no heels, no handbag… I don’t really know how they let me in.

‘As nice as always with you. Big thanks to my sister [Danielle Gardiner] for her magic on my face and hair.’

“I’ve never been more nervous in my life than going to the Brownlow,” she said, recounting how she struggled to find a dress with just four days’ notice.

Haylea said she and Adam arrived at the venue late intentionally to avoid media scrum, eventually receiving “a lot of positive and funny comments” from guests.

She has been to the Brownlow dozens of times during her husband’s football career, with Adam winning the prestigious medal in 2008.

The following year, Haylea made the worst-dressed list for a strapless, mermaid-cut dress made of a white material that looked like shiny leather in photos.

Haylea has been to the Brownlow dozens of times during her husband's football career, with Adam winning the prestigious medal in 2008. (Both are pictured at the 2011 Brownlow)

Haylea has been to the Brownlow dozens of times during her husband’s football career, with Adam winning the prestigious medal in 2008. (Both are pictured at the 2011 Brownlow)

Writing for the Herald Sun in 2016, Haylea said she “shed a few tears” when she woke up the next morning to read what critics had said about her dress.

“No girl ever wears a dress thinking she’s going to be on the worst dressed list,” she said.

“She’ll walk on the carpet and think she looks scalding hot and it’s only you who makes her feel different. Remember this before you get too critical.’

The following year, Haylea made the worst-dressed list for a strapless, mermaid-cut dress made of a white material that looked like shiny leather in photos.  (Pictured: Haylea and Adam Cooney with their children Ashlea and Jaxon in Melbourne on August 16, 2016)

The following year, Haylea made the worst-dressed list for a strapless, mermaid-cut dress made of a white material that looked like shiny leather in photos. (Pictured: Haylea and Adam Cooney with their children Ashlea and Jaxon in Melbourne on August 16, 2016)

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