Another racing season is coming to an end, and the fashions of the field have provided us with some serious inspiration for our summer wardrobe. Derby Day is one of the main events on the calendar, for both the horses and the fashion. Unlike Melbourne Cup, Derby Day has a strict black and white dress code, which sees attendees exercise their creativity to make a statement without the aid of colours. The trackside was a monochrome affair, with tulle, lace, polka dots and pinstripes spotted in The Birdcage. Everything from delicate millinery to wide brim hats were donned, as guests sipped on champagne in style. Even some splashes of colour stood out in the midst- because you can’t truly make a statement without breaking a few rules, right?
The Angels
Of course, Derby Day wouldn’t be complete without some floating white frocks. It’s a feminine staple of the event every year but, in our eyes, these ladies made it look brand new.
Chantelle Price, wearing ATOIR dress, the KATIA headband and BIANCA bag.
Francesca Hung, wearing Manning Cartell dress, with the ASHLEY bag.
Tess Homann, Styled by Bloom, wearing Jason Grech dress, with the MADDOX bag.
Danielle Collis, styled by Daniel Paciocco, wearing Santina-Nicole dress, Morgan + Taylor hat and the JULIANA Clutch.
Masculine Chic
This year, tuxedo dresses and pinstriped prints added some savvy sophistication to the field. This modern spin on the timeless piece highlighted how the rules of fashion have changed since the event began in 1875.
Jamie Reilly, wearing Georgy Collection dress, and the ASHLEY bag.
Steph Claire Smith, styled by Suzy Eskander, wearing Asilio dress and ASHLEY bag.
Stylist Suzy Eskander, wearing Alessandra Rich dress, with the KIMBRA angular clutch.
Bigger the Better
Wide sunhats were certainly a trackside trend, and are definitely something to look out for as the warmer months approach. The beauties below used the accessory to add some drama to their looks.
Emily Ghougassian, wearing ELLIATT dress, The Essential Hat, and the JOVIE angular clutch.
Gigi Connolly, styled by Elliot Garnaut, wearing Nicola Finetti dress, with the TRACER clutch.
Jade Tuncdoruk, wearing By Johnny dress, Sylvy Earl hat, and the ASHLEY bag.
Olivia Molly Rogers, styled by Suzy Eskander, wearing ELLIAT dress, and the MILA clutch.
Heavenly Headpieces
Finding a headpiece to compliment your outfit can be a struggle, but these ladies nailed it, with millinery that stood apart from the rest.
Anna McEvoy, wearing Nicola Finetti dress, Karen Hamilton millinery, and the LUCILLE bag.
Chloe Wilson, styled by Siobhan Baxter, wearing Christie Nicolaides earrings, and the CARLY veil.
Tess Hanahan, styled by Suzy Eskander, wearing By Johnny dress, Jeanette Maree headpiece, and the HOLLYWOOD clutch.
Cutest Couple
The races are a romantic affair, with men in tailored suits and women dressed to the nines. We couldn’t help but fall in love with this stylish pair.
Snezana Markoski and Sam Wood, wearing the MADELYN Camera clutch.

The Risk Takers
From patterned hats to coloured clutches these looks left us in awe for all the right reasons.
Alicia Banit, Styled by Bloom, wearing Misha Collection dress, and the MILA clutch.
Caris Tiivel, styled by Meggy Smith, wearing KIANNA jumpsuit with Mariam Seddiq jacket, and the DAKOTA clutch.
Chloe Szep, Styled by Bloom, wearing ELIYA The Label dress, Morgan + Taylor hat, and the DELILAH bag.
Keira Maguire, styled by Chris Kontos, wearing Tridente Couture dress and Acler black skirt, with the MILA clutch.