Spring is in the air and that means a big hello to the Spring Racing Carnival. One of the best seasons of the year for expressing yo-self through colours and textures as well as a potential splurge on some on-trend accessories (you know it’s true). We’ll be doing an article on all four race days, but we’ll start at the beginning by showing you our Spring Racing Edit: What to Wear to Derby Day.
Now, there is no point addressing the obvious and saying that Derby Day is our favourite (because, ‘duh’). We’re creatures of habit and just cannot go past a chic black and white outfit because it just looks SO DAMN GOOD. Everything pairs so nicely together and makes styling yourself so easy.
The good thing is for Derby Day (similar to the remaining Race Days) is that you don’t have to play it safe and don’t need to fall into the ‘ultra-feminine’ box. Derby Day for us is all about mixing the masculine with feminine, playing with shapes and textures to create a really fun and uniquely ‘us’ look. It’s also the time of year in Melbourne where you don’t actually know what kind of weather you’re going to get, so think creatively about your looks about how to keep warm or peal the layers off.
| IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL – LAYERING |
With the Spring Racing Carnival, the weather can play a big role into your outfit decisions, with the ‘crap – it’s going to be freezing’ moment happening to us all. A cleaver solution is to add a layer under your dress to keep you from shivering all the way to the finish-line. It’s also a great way to jazz up a simple look by adding a flouncy or OOT sleeved shirt to really create some race day magic!
Our favourite layering pieces:
| IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS – PRINTS |
If you’re not a fan of a ‘total black or white’ look for Derby Day, have some fun with your outfit and inject a print into your look. Go classic with a houndstooth style or experiment with geometric prints! Remember, Spring Racing styling is about having fun but still remaining stylish and put together. Please no ‘club attire’ at the races, you can go to the club for that.
Our favourite printed looks:
| IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL – HARDWARE |
Nothing spices up a black and white outfit more than heavily toned hardware. It doesn’t matter if you’re more of a gold jewellery gal or silver (or rose gold!) the point is to go all-out and keep it consistent throughout your whole look. If you’re wearing a bag with gold hardware, make sure to tie it into your gold earrings or shoe detailing. The message here is keep it cohesive, but keep it bold because it’ll really ‘pop’ on your outfits.
Our favourite hardware accessories:
| IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS – HEADWEAR |
You don’t think we could do a Spring Racing post without mentioning the headwear, right? We’re going to be honest with you, neither of us really like hats or fascinators but always try and find pieces that resonate with our style and make the most sense with ‘us’. Heck, it doesn’t even matter if you can only muster up a pretty little headband or a black ribbon you kept off your latest Net-A-Porter box, whatever headwear works for you is the best option for your race days. Hat, turban or ribbon, we’ve got you covered.
Our favourite race day headwear:
Whatever your race day looks like it’s important to feel confident and comfortable (as possible, lol) in your outfit. Play to your bodyshapes strengths and all-in-all, have some fun!