Spring has officially sprung (Hallelujah!), which means it’s time to get your racing outfits sorted. We get that finding the perfect dress can be stressful enough, let alone adding a head piece into the mix, so over the next three weeks we’ll be bringing you our fashion and millinery edits for the main race events, kicking off with crowd favourite, Derby day.
With its traditional monochrome dress code, Derby day is the most classic and elegant event on the racing calendar. We can expect plenty of 70’s style silhouettes again this season, with fluted sleeves a must have for an on trend trackside look. 90’s inspired slip dresses and sheer and delicate fabrics will also be popular, along with a variety of off the shoulder designs, from one shoulder pantsuits to sleek off the shoulder midis, you can’t go wrong! Metallics will also be strong this season, but to avoid going OTT, simply add your shimmering touches by way of accessories (statement earrings will be key!).
When it comes to finding the perfect head piece, there are plenty of chic options on offer. We caught up with master milliner Jonathan Howard of Hatmaker, to share his tips for a stylish and on trend Derby Day look.
‘A traditional day of classic elegance, putting together a Derby ensemble is simple, with a palette of black and white to contend with, you can’t go wrong! The perfect day for classic brimmed hats, with a chic twist. Or for those with a princess complex, daytime sparkle and embellishment are an of the moment article! Think luxe embellishment on your hat or a whole box of jewels to make up a single headpiece – you can’t shine too brightly!’
Without further ado, keep scrolling for our Derby Day fashion and millinery edit. Giddy up and get shopping!
Written by Greer de Burgh, Fashion Editor.
FASHIONL-R: YEOJIN BAE Double Crepe Charlee dress $695 here ; ALEXIS Cinthia dress approx $1000 here ; THURLEY Embroidered Mandolin dress $699.99 hereL-R: MISHA COLLECTION Aphrodite pantsuit $320 here ; ALICE MCCALL Confessions skirt $290 here and Love Myself blouse $240 here ; CARLA ZAMPATTI White Crepe Alisia Lace jumpsuit $1149 hereL-R: KEEPSAKE Freelancer mini dress $239.95 here ; ALEXIS Oliviera pants approx $760 here and blouse approx $479 here ; CASPER & PEARL Flora dress $249.95 hereL-R: SELF PORTRAIT Fleur lace panel jumpsuit approx $490 here ; KEEPSAKE Small Talk dress $199.95 here ; THURLEY Concerto dress $899.99 hereL-R: MANNING CARTELL Raw intent dress $749 here ; MLM Seville lace maxi $499 here ; MANNING CARTELL Square Limits dress $449 hereL-R: BEC & BRIDGE Gardenia plunge dress $220 here ; BEC & BRIDGE Liquid Pearl midi dress $230 here ; C/MEO COLLECTIVE Two can win dress $239.95 here (also available in white).L-R: CASPER & PEARL Secret Garden dress $229.95 here ; SELF PORTRAIT Frill Sleeve Daisy Guipure dress approx $420 here ; SEED HERITAGE Sweet Broderie dress $249.95 hereL-R: PLT Caris bodycon dress $60 here (also available in black) ; BARDOT Charlie lace dress approx $160 here ; PLT Lace Panelled Tiered mini dress $70 hereL-R: ZIMMERMANN Karmic mirror dress $1950 here ; MATICEVSKI Ornamental dress $1700 here ; ALEX PERRY Emmy dress $1400 here
MILLINERYHATMAKER – Jonathan Howard hereDEMILLINERY – Danica Erard hereSUZY O’ROURKE hereVIKTORIA NOVAK hereNERIDA WINTER hereSTUDIO ANISS hereKERRIE STANLEY hereL-R: MIMCO Enchantress headband $169 here (also available in silver) ; LADY OF LEISURE MILLINERY Cosmic pearl headband $60 here ; MIMCO Phenomena headband $169 here (also available in silver)L-R: LACK OF COLOR Montana Midnight Muse II $109 here ; LADY OF LEISURE MILLINERY Brooklyn black $149 here ; WXYZ JEWELRY Mega Bow $149 here