The inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight. Derby Day 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 2016, monochrome will manifest itself in every avatar, ranging from grids and checkerboards to graphics, chevron and black and white stripes. Stark whites or solid blacks with a few examples of black and white colour blocking will be visible. Lace will be abundant in sheath dresses, maxi and midi dresses and dainty hatinators. Speaking of headgear, a few avant garde shapes will nestle cheek by jowl with fedoras, sequined hats, floral wreaths, miniscule pearl numbers and spiked tiaras. The frocks will be complemented with boxy minaudiere clutch bags and envelope bags with side slings.
This Derby Day, do not be afraid to experiment within the traditional monochrome dress code. Intersperse stripes with florals, combining the two seemingly conflicting trends. Offset the monotony of neutral dresses with bold and bright metallic bags. For an on – trend racegoer look, wear a ’70s dress with fluted sleeves or a ’90s off shoulder dress with a touch of shimmer. Metallic accessories are ideal for adding the glamour quotient to your Derby Day outfit without going overboard.
If you are generously endowed, you may wish to stay away from the ruched ‘new look’ dresses. Wear a kaftan dress by itself or over a pencil skirt. Define the waistline with a slim belt.
Do not write of the classic LBD. It can look stunning combined with a fascinator and a bejeweled clutch bag.
Men can do their bit to keep the spirit of Derby Day alive by sporting a cornflower – Derby Day’s official flower – on the lapel.
Follow Deidaa’s ‘Frocks and Fillies’ series for an event by event breakdown of fashion tips for the racing season.