With Spring well and truly in full bloom, it can only mean one thing. Can you guess what that is? Of course you can! With every second social media post of mine on the topic, I am sure you are well aware that the Spring Racing Carnival is well underway!

The year has flown by in light speed and here we are! In a blink of an eye it will be October 29 and we will be sipping on flutes of bubbly at Flemington Racecourse for what is labelled by many as the most fashionable day of the year on Australia’s social calendar, Derby Day! The first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, and the one day a year a woman can look as extravagant, glamorous, and all round posh as she likes! Que in the diamonds, que in the crowns, que it all in! Derby Day, and the entire Melbourne Cup Carnival for that matter, is the one time when you not only can, but are encouraged to, showcase your creativity and extravagance.

Hands down my absolute favourite time of year, the Spring Racing Carnival is when we all come out from Winter hibernation and have the time of our lives trackside watching the races, mingling, and showing off our A-game looks! So with that in mind, and the races right around the corner, it is finally time to get onto Spring Racing Carnival outfit planning! Woohoo! Well, to some of us it is a big woo-hoo, but to others a big uh-oh, as the dress codes and traditions may come as absolutely terrifying! For raceday regulars the experience of outfit planning can be quite the exciting outing, but for the newbies it is a whole other story. However boy do I have my ladies covered. Have no fear, White Wolfe is here!

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 outfit 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 black/white 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.

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-aheads for Derby Day. Jumpsuits are going to be big, as are bell-sleeves once again. 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 a stand-out headpiece or some veiling, you will look a million dollars.

So for the headpieces. Arguably the most important part 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, or flowers. 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!







Manning Cartel




Dion Lee




Misha Collection











Alice McCall


Self Portrait


Bec and Bridge


Yeojin Bae




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