Goodbye Caulfield Cup, Hello Derby Day…
Fashion at Caulfield Cup 2017 saw a profusion of ruffles, colour and florals. Pinks and corals were cheek by jowl with cobalt blue and emerald green. Cut out dresses were popular, as were the strapless avatars. Headbands co-existed with turbans, traditional racewear, wide-brimmed hats and fascinators. Caulfield Cup does not have a strict dress code. Relaxed and eclectic choices in dresses and accessories abounded.
Derby Day is the inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival. Unlike Caulfield Cup, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight. It is set in the classic mode, with strict etiquette and dress code to follow. Derby Day is about monochrome, about tints and tones of black and white.
On Derby Day 2017, embrace monochrome in dresses:
Wear black and white grids, checkerboards, graphics and chevron. Colour block with black and white. Opt for black lace in sheath dresses. Wear layered black lace skirts. Love the current trend of ruffles and flutes but scared it may add to your girth? Wear a fluid kaftan top with black and white vertical stripes over a monochrome fluted skirt.
It is a myth that black and white suit most women. Black outlines the body contours. White is an advancing colour and makes you look bigger than you are. Colours like charcoal and ivory from the monochrome palette are far more flattering.
Monochrome in fashion accessories:
Wear monochrome headbands, fedoras, pixie hats, floral wreaths and spiked tiaras. Monochrome tends to be stark and boring. Add a zing to the frocks with boxy minaudiere clutch bags and envelope bags with side slings. Carry a black Chantilly lace scarf so that a shower or two does not put a damper on the festive mood.
Monochrome in menswear:
Menswear on Derby Day is conservative. Wear black, grey, charcoal, or anthracite suits. A cautious play with paisley or floral ties and pocket squares is acceptable. Make sure the prints are subdued and monochrome. Finish with patent leather oxfords and trilby hats in monochrome. A cornflower (flower of the day) on your lapel is the only pop of colour you allow yourself on Derby Day.
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