The Do’s & Don’ts of Derby Day

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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

Melbourne Cup Fashion: How To Wow!

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I’m totally geared up for this year’s Melbourne Cup, and while I’ll be bringing the trackside glamour to my office (#girlboss), I’m excited to share with you fashionista’s, my tips and tricks to looking fabulous on the field in 4 simple steps!

1. The Feminine Frock

When it comes to Melbourne Cup fashion, I like to keep things classic and feminine, which is reflected in my choice of dress. Since Seduce dropped their latest spring collection, I have been lusting over this little monochromatic number, the Alexa dress. From the sheer panelled bodice, to the lacey hemline, this piece becomes the perfect little races ensemble, allowing for versatility in the choice of headwear and accessories. Also, check out Shopbop’s selection of gorgeous cocktail dresses for the occasion!

2. Striking Headwear

Fascinators, headbands and hats – oh my! It’s a tough choice to decide upon the perfect headwear for your outfit, but I recommend going for something striking! Think texture, colour or structure, but make sure your headwear harmonises with the rest of your ensemble. The trends predicted for this year’s Melbourne Cup headwear include metallic crowns, smaller structured hats and veils. I’m taking my inspiration from Jen Hawkins, who graced the Myer racewear lookbook wearing a lace veiled fascinator – HOT! I’m also lusting over a few pieces from Shopbop’s hair accessories category, perfect for the low maintenance pony.

3. Bold Lips

When it comes to beauty, one of the quickest ways to create that racing WOW factor, is with a bright, bold kisser. The latest lip range from Napoleon Perdis highlights vibrant pinks and candy corals, with sheer, glossy finishes. I myself am going for the classic red lip to enhance my porcelain skin (and match my killer mani of course).

4. Bring The Bling

Curating a stand out outfit requires attention to detail, and your choice of jewellery helps to add the final sparkle. Layered rings and fine pendants are very on trend this season, and Pandora’s Magnificent Kingdom collection features some exquisite pieces, so layer up ladies!

I would love to see you all dressed up to the nines and looking gorgeous next Tuesday, so feel free to snapchat me your outfits, tbsilhouette! x


Photography by Fallon Images