Excitement is in the air as Spring Racing season approaches once again. Following dress codes, respecting tradition, and acknowledging current trends are all elements that need to be considered. From Derby Day and Melbourne Cup, to Oaks Day and Stakes Day, see our guide to race day dress codes here.
Pastels and prettiness, Oaks Day is all about feminine pieces in a spring-ready palette. Feminine silhouettes, soft, sorbet shades and delicate fabrics such as silk, chiffon, or anything with a floral print are our go-to’s.
The day with the most traditional dress code, Derby Day is a strictly monochrome affair. Think refined elegance with a black-and-white mix, or a block-colour ensemble. Whilst we always love classic black, this year we’re seeing a return to porcelain hues – think off-white and soft-creams. Don’t forget a statement fascinator in dramatic black or elegant white.
For the race that stops the nation, opt for show-stopping pieces. This is your day to embrace extras; think daring bright pops of colour, bold prints, and gleaming metallic highlights. Headwear is essential, we love embellished headbands and bright fascinators for this iconic day.
To finish the Spring Racing Season is Stakes Day – your final chance to revel in the frivolity of the Carnival. Play up to the distinctly relaxed nature of the day by opting for something fun and easy – think on-trend jumpsuits, floaty silhouettes, or sophisticated separates. A wide brimmed hat or jewelled Alice band are the perfect choices for your headwear.