With Derby Day nearly upon us for 2023, it’s time to perfect your trackside style and get
to know this prestigious racing event.

Derby Day officially launches the spring racing carnival week and is the first of four Major race days.
Traditionally starting on a Saturday, this glamorous event is followed closely over the week by the Melbourne Cup Race Day, Oaks Day and finishes with the Champions Stakes Day.

Derby day is chance to immerse yourself in a world of luxury, as you indulge in a day of festivities from Fashion to food and sport.
Let us guide you on style and dressing for one of the racing seasons biggest events.

What is the Dress code for Derby Day?

Whilst other race days boast and encourage colourful outfits and fascinators, Derby Day is strict in its dress code with a black and white aesthetic. Whilst a plain black and white dress code might seem easy to follow, you must also make sure to stick to a high level of formality and elegance.

Black and white race day ensembles can take many forms, you could choose to opt for a plain block coloured black or white dress and use the opposite colour to complete your shoes and accessories.

The other option is going for a monochrome outfit with black and white stripes or patterns. Pantsuits and tailored suits are also welcomed for their stylish look and comfort whilst sticking to the black and white theme.

As usual, Denim, extreme cut-outs, mini dresses, and exposed midriffs can be frowned upon at the races so be sure to avoid these, especially if planning to go into a member’s area as you may be refused entry.

We love the Sweet Serenity Dress for the perfect Derby Day look, just add a fascinator and heels to complete the race day look.

Choosing a hat or fascinator for Derby Day

The Black and white dress code for Derby Day also applies to your hats and fascinators. Keep hats wide brimmed and elegant to add drama, whilst pearl/ iridescent look fascinators and crowns can also make a bold impact. Veils can also be a popular choice as they add a little texture and interest to plain outfits and block colours.

If you have opted for a Monochrome or printed outfit, keep your fascinator simpler with colours and texture. Plain black or white outfits might choose to add more texture to the outfit with bold flowers and feathers.

Start with our Wonderland Dress and pair it with a wide brim hat or large sinamay fascinator for the completed look.

How to Accessorise for Derby Day

Again, the black and white Derby Day theme also applies to your accessories, however metallic gold and silver are also welcomed. Shoes should always be kept sensible for
rough terrain and stiletto heels should be avoided as you’ll be standing for long periods of time. Choose either a black or white heel to compliment your dress and opt for a block or wedge heel.

With such a monochrome palette for the outfit, don’t be afraid to show a little colour with a bold lip to add a little pop of colour.

The official flower for Derby Day is also the purple cornflower which can be pinned onto men’s lapels or suits.

Click here find your perfect race day ready accessories.

In Conclusion

Derby Days’ black and white aesthetic is not only elegant, but also visually striking. Being the first race day to kick off the spring racing cup week it exudes high energy and fabulous fashion.

We at SACHA DRAKE have the perfect race day ready outfits whether you choose a refined black dress or a striking jumpsuit to enjoy the day in style. The only question is which outfit will you choose? x

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