The Do’s & Don’ts of Derby Day

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Review Showstopper Skirt, Review Showstopper Top, Wittner Tomas Pump, Marilyn Van den Berg Ella Raines Headpiece, Pandora Vintage Allure Hanging Earrings, Pandora Vintage Allure Collier Necklace, Pandora Vintage Allure Ring, Pandora Silver Radiant Hearts Ring.

Don your fanciest black and white ensemble, round up your best girlfriends and head to the birdcage to celebrate the ever so stylish Derby Day. While the dress code sets a monochromatic tone, there are a few little details to keep in mind to ensure a stylish entrance. Presenting the do’s & don’ts for on and off the field!


  • Opt for classic, clean lines in a monochromatic colour palette. I’m teaming a beautifully structured A-line skirt with a delicate lace blouse, both of which are part of Review’s Derby Day Edit.
  • Invest in an ornate headpiece or fascinator, as Derby Day is all about classic racing headwear. Haven’t found your perfect piece? Why not check out the fabulous Brisbane based milliner, Marilyn Van den Berg for a beautiful, custom headpiece.
  • Team with a sophisticated heel. Forget the clunky platforms, a fine stiletto or closed toe points will help elevate your ensemble.
  • Keep your beauty simple and understated; a classic red lip and winged liner sets a chic tone, while a tousled curl hairstyle emphasises girl next door beauty.


  • Bring out the Bodycon. Short, tight dresses are not welcome on the racetrack, so leave them for the nightlife. Instead, select an appropriate length anywhere from the mid calf to above the knee.
  • Wear a heavy, winter fabric. Suede, leather and velvet are for the cooler months, while sheer, lace and mesh are perfect for the Spring racing dress code.
  • Go barefoot. There’s never an excuse to remove the shoes. If your grappling with a new pair of pumps, why not stow a pair of compact jiffies in your clutch for the walk to the cab.
  • Forget the SPF! Apply a sun safe moisturiser to your face before you apply your makeup and don’t forget to lather a light, non greasy layer of sunscreen to exposed skin. After all there’s nothing stylish about sun spots or skin cancers!

Brisbane ladies, there are still some amazing ticket packages left for the Brisbane Racing Club Derby Day Raceday this weekend, so secure your spot here! In the mean-time, I’de love to hear your race wear tips and tricks, so please leave a comment below!


Photography by Erin Smith Photography