A little refresher on the do’s and don’ts for Spring Carnival fashion etiquette as well as the best places on Chapel Street to find the perfect race-day getup!
Dress Code: In the words of Rumi, ‘there is one thing in this world you must never forget to do. If you forget everything else and not this, there’s nothing to worry about.’ We’re pretty sure he was referring to adhering to the strictly black and white dress code at Derby Day.
What to wear: Sass and Bide is currently showcasing the most stunning knit jumpsuit, strut your stuff in this crocheted number to get heads turning for all the right reasons. As for your shoes, let’s be real – you can’t go wrong with Tony Bianco. Their collections are always on trend, their shoes are great quality & their prices can justify the three pairs you just bought. For this SS18 – we’re alllllll about their open toe mules, with a nice chunky heel, perfect for avoiding that stuck-in-the-grass look.
Alice McCall‘s Meant To Be dress is a lace number perfect for the B&W dress code on Derby Day. The best part about wearing white is that you can pair it with almost anything. Opt to wear it with traditional winter tones and/or darker accessories to complete your look.
Dress code: This biggest day of the Spring Racing calendar demands bright pops of colour and statement headwear.
What to wear: This is the year of the espadrille wedge. It’s a great match with linen and perfect for not getting stuck in the grass, however gives serious beach vibes so make sure you pair it with appropriate accessories. We are so in love with Wittner’s Red Suede Wedge (pictured below), pair this stunning shoe with the Stormy Print number from Scanlan Theodore and you’ll be ticking all the right boxes.
We mentioned Cup Day is all about making a statement, which is why you can’t go past Zimmerman’s Unbridled Battenburg Midi. It’s to die for. For headwear, swing by Collin’s Collection Fine Millinery for a custom or standard accessory that adds all the ‘wow’. Stunning pieces available at Pran Central until November 11th.
Dress code: All about the ladies, Oaks Day embraces all things feminine, think spring florals, silk, lace and pastels.
What to wear: A clutch is an essential in any wardrobe, this much is true. Which is why if you haven’t paid much attention to Mimco lately, sweet baby you’re missing out! Personally, we’re loving the Santana Hardcase Clutch, an easy to wear technicolour centerpiece for your spring wardrobe that’ll go all day and into the night. So important for all horsey orientated events!
Known for its graceful flair, Alannah Hill has a unique way of combining classic, stylish and fun in all the right ways. Texture is not forgone in this years Spring Racing collection with delicate lace dresses and charming accessories. Add some sparkle with gem encrusted drop earrings or studs, classic pearls and embellished clutch bags; adorn the look with a floral fascinator or a dazzling headband for the perfect finishing touch to a race day ensemble.
Windsor Smith’s collections are slightly edgy, they go with everything & the prices don’t break the bank – which during this time of year, is exactly what we need, amirite?! They’ll add a touch of somethin’ somethin’ to a simple dress… or the dress you wore three years ago and hoping that no one notices.
Image: Alannah Hill
Dress code: Also known as Family Day, Stakes Day is where you have a license to relax a little. No strict dress code, and an opportunity to have some fun with your ensemble.
What to wear: Celebrating exotic escapes, Mister Zimi will brighten up Stakes Day and have you standing out amongst the crowd. Unapologetic statements, inspired by the 60’s and 70’s, our favourite is the Riviera Betsy Set, but you’ll probably fall in love with it all.
Swing by Design a Space for a scope of uniquely Australian Designer pieces. They’re on rotation monthly, so you know you won’t get caught in an awkward matching outfit situation. Pick yourself a pair of statement earrings to complete your Stakes Day outfit.
Zomp is a girls dream. Rows and rows of shoes just waiting to be taken home! While at first, it’s a little overwhelming, after a couple of seconds of scanning, the exact pair you’ve been searching for will catch your eye. You’ll saunder over. Pick em up. Gently stroke the soft velvet. Then, before you know it, you’ve noticed another pair. And another pair.
Witchery have released a limited edition collection for the racing season season this year and we’re in love. Given Stakes Day warrants a more casual look, our top pick is the Lily Print Jumpsuit, pair it with the Elena Neck Piece and you’ll be ready to go the distance.
Image: Mister Zimi ‘Antibes Bella Dress & Head Scarf’