This week is all about the Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria, with the “race that stops a nation” on Tuesday. Today is Derby Day and no matter what country you live in if there is racing and it’s Derby Day then the fashion focus is on black and white.
Horse racing here in Australia isn’t all about the horses, in fact during the Spring Carnival there is a
lot LOT of attention on fashion. The racetrack is no longer a male dominated place where women are rarely seen. There was a big change about 50 years ago when Fashions on the Field became an opportunity for women to frock up and have the chance to win prizes. These days Fashions on the Field has become a major draw on race days and some women have become serial contestants.
As much as I love the fashion, I love the racing so I always try to keep my look for race day fairly sensible so I can get around during the day to have a look at the horses.
I’ve gathered some great photos focusing on black and white for Derby Day.
The Looks: I’m a huge fan of the vintage style hats. To me they are classic and chic without all the fuss of some of the hats you see these days. Each of these looks are appropriate for Derby Day. My personal favourite is the middle one on the bottom. Absolute classic!
Something Different: The look on the top left is a little laid back for my racing style but that is exactly what I like about it! Both hats are classics with a hint of vintage inspiration. The Karen Millen dress (bottom center) would look fantastic on a curvy girl (like me).
The Hat: Oh my soul! I love that hat on the top left. Simple yet stunning. The vintage 20s style on the top right is right on trend with the whole Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey vibe going on. Kate M always does classy race wear.
What I Would Wear: Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend Derby Day this year as we are still in Spain. BUT if I were attending this is the look I would be wearing. The classic 50s style check dress, vintage inspired saucer-shaped hat and my white with black trim metal capped toe shoes from my 90-day Haul. The heels aren’t ideal for walking on the lawn but they are low enough that I could wear them all day. Which is important because I hate to see women at the end of the day walking away carrying their shoes. It spoils the whole look.
What do you think you would wear to Derby Day? Do you have a favourite look you work for Spring Racing?
- Ladies racing hats and fashion, Australia style at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)
- Australian racing fashion profile – Kelly Bannister (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)
- What’s your fascinator saying about you? (sneakypeek.360fashion.net)
- Racing Fashion in Australia – Kirrily Parry Interview (thatsaprettyhat.blogspot.com)