Spring Racing Style Edit: Derby Day

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Spring Racing Style Edit: Derby Day

Derby Day kicks off the biggest week of the Spring Racing Carnival.

A day for classic, monochrome elegance with an edge. Held on Saturday 2 November at Flemington Racecourse, Derby Day is widely regarded as being the most glamorous and stylish day of the whole Spring Racing Carnival, set apart from the rest with its sharp black and white palette. With such a definitive colour scheme, there’s still plenty of ways to play with your look, be inventive and stay on top in the style stakes.

Derby Day can bring out a new take on monochrome, by finding different ways to style black and white. One way to stand out from the crowd this year is with a chic pair of white pants, as styled by Westfield Style Authority Paul, which form the perfect base for an understated yet dramatic outfit. I recommend contrasting the sleekness of the pants against a striking black top. Here is where you could pick up on one of the key trends for the season: ruffles. Show just the right amount of skin and add just the right amount of drama with the ruffled top below from Aje. Pairing this with an elegant jewelled headband complete your Derby Day look.

Derby Day revolves around tradition and prestige, so why not channel some old Hollywood glamour by wearing an elegant fit and flare dress. To up the levels of glam, I recommend a dress with a plunging neckline, such as the Pavillion Dress from Sheike as styled by Paul. In keeping with the classic theme of Derby Day, add an alluring wide brimmed hat tilted at an angle. To pull the Derby black and white together you can’t go wrong with a classic black pump and matching black clutch. This pump and clutch combination are investment pieces that you’ll be able to wear for many seasons to come. To finish your look, I recommend keeping accessories understated to let your outfit be the statement. Hairclips are a hero accessory this season, which can bring an extra shine to your outfit, paired with your fascinator or hat. As styled by Paul, try pairing multiple hairclips at a time to complete your look.

For the men, I recommend committing to the black and white dress code and forsake a matching suit by making a statement in separates. By staying on track with the dress code, you will feel extra confident when joining in the days racing and social scene. Try pairing black trousers with a contrasting white jacket, such as this combination from Calibre as styled by Paul. You should also keep the monochrome look going with your accessories. This is seen below by Style Authority Paul pairing a black flower lapel pin, which pops against the crisp white lapel.

Following the glamour of Derby Day is the race that stops a nation, The Melbourne Cup. Get ready to make your boldest fashion statement yet!

Written by Westfield's Spring Racing Authority, Angela Menz. Click here to meet Angela.

Shop the look:

Morgan & Taylor Jewelled Headband from Myer, Aje Strapless Top, White Pants from Sheike, High Heel Shoes with Mesh from Zara, Ruby Top Handle Clutch by Olga Berg from Myer, Pavillion Dress from Sheike, Gregory Ladner Deep Crown Boater from Myer, Assorted Hair Clips from Myer, Black Pump from Myer, Gold Textured Loop Earring from Lovisa and Men's look head to toe Calibre.