You could argue that because of its strict black and white dress code, Derby Day is the chicest of all the days in the Spring Racing Carnival calendar.
Unlike Melbourne Cup which is all about those colourful, attention-grabbing hats and head-turning outfits, Derby Day is a statement in classic refinement.
With its restrictive, on-trend dress code (yes, you can only wear black and white, don’t even think about colour!) getting ready for Derby Day is actually one of the easier race days to get organised for.
Whilst it’s perfectly acceptable to wear an all-white or an all-black outfit, we recommend combining the two hues to show off the theme to the max. Though, to mix things up you could consider teaming an all black outfit with white accessories (or vice versa) to keep things popping.
As always, race days are a more traditional affair, so skimpy or overly evening looks and fabrics are best avoided.
Think classic lines and soft, quality fabrics over anything that is tight or uncomfortable, shiny, or too fashion-forward.
Knee-length and midi skirts are always a winning way to go on the bottom, with sleeves being a good idea if you want to leave the jacket at home to keep any springtime breezes at bay.
Adding in a couple of luxe touches – perhaps a designer-style clutch, or dainty jewelled earrings is perfection.
I’ve put together my ideal Derby Day outfit below (just add headpiece!)
Sunglasses – The Specs at The Iconic
Skirt – Roland Mouret at Net-a-Porter
Top – Laya Ruffled Top by Alice + Olivia
Earrings – Sparkly Studs by Glamadonna
Clutch – Clutch by Versace
Shoes – Kendall & Kylie at Revolve
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