As much as this may come as a shock to you, we are well into Spring. Oh who am I kidding, every single one of my last few posts have been on the topic of Spring fashion and racing fashion, so of course you know!
Spring has totally crept up on us however. Before we know it, it will be October 31 and we will be in the backseat of our Uber on the way to Flemington Racecourse for what is rightfully labelled the most fashionable day of the year on Australia’s social calendar. That is, Derby Day. The one day a year a woman can look as glamorous, posh, elegant, and all round fantastic as she likes. Want to wear a crown? Go right ahead! Want to shower yourself in diamonds? Be my guest!
If you have been to the races in the past, you know what to expect and you know what is expected of you. However for those who are newbies and first timers, the whole dress code concept can be daunting and exhausting. I mean imagine arriving to a crowd of thousands of people in just the totally wrong outfit? Well that won’t happen to my beautiful readers on my watch. Not this year, not any year. So have no fear, White Wolfe is here.
While planning an outfit is stressful for some, the process of choosing an outfit is exciting for myself. So let’s turn this experience into something great! I will be breaking down the four main race days (Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day, and Stakes Day) into separate posts for what to wear, so we can have as much fun as possible playing around with options. Derby Day is the first official day on the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival calendar, and in my opinion the most glamorous. I look forward to this day like I do my dessert. It is definitely a Melbournian favourite. I mean a whole day dedicated to a monochrome dress code. Black and white are my two go-to wardrobe “colours,” so what could be better? Not much if I do say so myself.
So what is the 411 for Derby Day might you ask?
Well whilst you were all lusting over our MSFW photos, I was busy picking out the best Derby Day looks to compile a list of potential outfits for you all to choose from. I received your emails and acted fast, so I hope my suggestions are helpful. The traditional black and white dress code provides a lot of guidance, and leaves room for our headpieces and jewels to shine. Your look must be poised and elegant, so it is time to ditch the tight mini dress and welcome in a more sleek, romantic, or chic look.
When picking an outfit, feel free to experiment whilst remaining as classic and feminine as possible. Volumous A-line skirts, tightly fitting midis outlining your silhouette, and lace detailling are all a go-ahead for Derby Day. If you look back to my David Jones Spring Racing Runway post, there are a number of beautiful black and white ensembles on show, with my favourite being a black and white Valentino dress. Given black is Melbourne’s go-to colour, I have no doubt that if you grab a chic black dress and use your creativity to pair it with an out-there beautiful headpiece, you will look a million dollars on the day.
Now for the headpieces. Arguably the most important piece to your look! I have PLENTY of suggestions coming your way, with millinery being somewhat of a secret obsession of mine. While we have a selection of around 15 local well known designers who showcase new collections bi-annually, there are also countless less known magnificent designers who really heat things up in the fancy department. I have done my research and will be sharing my findings very soon, however for a quick idea to get you thinking, I would search for pieces which feature florals, leaves, metals, ears, or feathers. These are all new (and some returning) trends that will have you up there in the lustworthy group of fashionable women. You can wear anything from headbands to fascinators, hats to headpieces. Gosh the world is your oyster.
Bag wise I would tone it right down unless you are hoping for it to be the main feature of your outfit. A small size is best, packing the essentials for the day which include lipstick, a light powder, and bandaids. Bandaids for me because although time and time again I am warned to stay away from the stilettos, I of course cannot veer away from my lovelies. I (regretfully) opt for the highest, skinniest, narrowest shoes I own, time and time again.
Now it is finally time to get on top of outfit planning, so get trotting (haha, again with the unintentional puns, I am so sorry!), because you know what they say…there is no rest for the well dressed! Below are a number of my favourite Derby Day looks which are simple yet sophisticated and can easily be paired with whatever accessories you like. So feast your eyes on some of Springs hottest looks!