Whether you’re attending Derby Day, Oaks Day or Melbourne Cup, half the fun is being able to pull together a beautiful outfit. I’ve been going to the races for years and it’s still such a thrill being able to play with different looks to suit every big event during spring carnival.
I’ve been lucky enough to work with Net-a-Porter during this time for the last few years, and it’s allowed me to wear some truly beautiful pieces and has given me so much fashion inspo along the way. The best thing about attending the races is the fact it’s the perfect opportunity to push a few fashion boundaries, try new trends and of course, enjoy getting dolled up.
If you’ve got a date with the races here are a few looks that will have you totally owning every single dress code.
Black and white is a must for Derby Day. It’s always such an elegant day trackside, as there’s a sea of crisp white looks or ultra chic black outfits (or a mix of the two hues) that takes the fashion next-level. If you’re working with a monochrome colour palette definitely don’t shy away from playing with textures whether it be embellishments or fabrication, embracing prints and adding elegant accessories such as pearls, which are hugely on trend at the moment.
A riot of colour
Key dates on the spring racing calendar such as Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are the perfect time to embrace plenty of colour. Think punchy hues such as pinks and oranges, aquas and purples which makes both days a visual feast. When wearing colour it’s also a good time to let your outfit be the focal point and weave through accessories that are striking, yet slightly more subdued to allow your ensemble to shine. However it’s also the perfect opportunity to once again play with textures— think feathers, satin and gorgeous laser cut pieces.