With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to giddy-up and start sussing out potential outfits for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival! Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing our shop the look edits for the main events (including Derby Day, Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day), bringing you all the latest fashion and millinery that’ll have you looking the goods on race day.
First up is crowd favourite, Derby Day. With its traditional black and white dress code, Derby Day is one of the most refined and elegant events on the racing calendar. Expect to see plenty of bell sleeves and flared skirts, along with lashings of lace, floral prints and ruffles. From graphic black and white ensembles, to fresh all white combinations, textured fabrics and intricate embroidery, there’s plenty of angles to tap into to ensure your monochrome look is anything but boring!
When it comes to finding the perfect head piece, we’re spoilt for choice this season with some incredible options. We caught up with Sydney milliner Suzy O’Rourke (one of our all time faves!) who shared her tips for a stylish trackside look:
‘Derby Day is one of the most stylish days on the Spring Racing Carnival calendar. Everyone looks super chic in the black and white dress code. There are so many great head wear options from classic boaters trimmed with ribbon to on-trend satin turbans, we have decorated ours with kisses, stars and cherries! Flower or pearl crowns are perfect for a pretty and feminine Spring feel. If you want to add a little edge to your black and white ensemble, opt for a silver or gold crown, ours feature spikes, jewels and pearls.’
If you haven’t got your outfit sorted just yet, don’t panic! We’ve got plenty of Derby Day inspo below to kick start your search. Be sure to stop by next week for our Melbourne Cup edit!
Written by Greer de Burgh, Fashion Editor.
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