Derby Day Racewear Fashion 2017

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.

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BMW Caulfield Cup 2016

How to Dress for BMW Caulfield Cup 2016

Curtains rise on Melbourne Spring Racing season 2016 with BMW Caulfield Cup Day. The elaborate marquees with their opulent décor offer intimacy and comfort. Each year the marquees have different themes ranging from over indulgent Rococo to provincial shabby chic. A safari themed marquee can be cheek by jowl with an English garden.  You can rub shoulders with celebrities, sip Moet & Chandon and nibble hors d’ oeuvres created by master chefs.

BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 Fashion Forecast

While there is a strict dress code that rules out shorts, denims, parkas, pullovers and thongs, among others, the atmosphere at the BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 is a little more relaxed and youthful. The weather is benign this Caulfield Cup Day. Sunshine will yield to windy gusts.  Mid length dresses with fitted torsos will be abundant.  Punters will opt for the classic white on white or vivid colour blocking. Neutral dresses will be complemented with bright hats and clutch bags and vice versa. If you happen to be in a Safari themed marquee, a luxe animal print dress will flaunt your wild side. Go easy on spaghetti straps and cropped tops, warm weather notwithstanding. Too much skin showing is frowned upon. If you are unsure about how much skin to show, you may carry a light floral scarf, in case you are caught unawares.

BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 Fashion Accessories

Race wear is incomplete without accessories. Opt for the classic fascinators or you may dare to be different and wear your favourite scarf as a turban, a sequined beret in a fluorescent colour or a flapper headband. If you are having an anti – fashion moment, you may tie a bright graffiti patterned scarf around your head.  A handbag with zebra motif will add pizzazz to your entry into the safari themed marquee while the ethnic bags with pompoms and danglers will infuse boho chic into your racewear wardrobe. There is a ‘70s revival on the runways and flower girls and psychedelic prints are hot trends to be followed.

Innovations like clutch bags with side slings or mobile bags are a boon to the 21st century race goer. They combine classic elegance with contemporary convenience. So does footwear like wide pumps or wedges that save you the discomfort of twisted ankles and trips to the podiatrist after the races. The floral printed ones or the nautical themed ones complement your floral or striped dresses. Bright coloured patent leather shoes are a safe choice if you prefer the spotlight to be on your bejeweled clutch bag or headscarf turban.

More on the next Spring Racing event next week!!