Derby Day is all about tailored outfits that adhere to the black and white dress code. The tradition of wearing black and white started as a marketing ploy for a whiskey brand (with a black and white label) who awarded a 200 pound wardrobe to the best dressed racegoer in a black and white ensemble.
The monochrome trend comes and goes each season because it is the most universally flattering and classic colour combination. The angled lines and contrasting fringe of this Finders Keepers’ skirt is certainly a striking option. The loose fitting top in black keeps the focus on the skirt and creates a great backdrop for the printed clutch.
A modern and assertive look is easy to achieve with black and white although be careful not to make your ensemble too busy. The geometric detail on the clutch adds a little flair and works perfectly between a black headpiece and pair of patent heels.
The best thing about millinery is that you can find something to suit your own style and preferences. This outfit works with either a show stopping percher or a more casual floral headband, giving you plenty of options when it comes to choosing a headpiece. With such a variety of milliners out there you are sure to find something to suit your budget so take the time to shop around.
Veiling gives any headpiece a certain air of grace and sophistication. Here’s tip for veiling that has seen better days: add a little bit of steam at a distance with your iron and carefully reshape it back to its former glory. There’s nothing worse than getting your eyelashes stuck in your veiling because it has been squished in storage.
Black and white is never boring because of the endless array of prints and patterns available. This cheeky approach, of having a stealth jacket lining, instantly adds colour and character to your outfit without breaking the dress code rules! White shows up everything so be sure to wear a crisp looking shirt, there’s nothing worse than a stained or dirty looking off white shirt.
Accessorising isn’t just for the ladies, guys can easily add a bit of charm to their outfit by wearing a quality watch and bracelet in complementing colours.
Sunglasses aren’t just an everyday must have, they look great too and will quickly take your ‘coolness’ level up a notch while you check out the action on (and off) the track.
Don’t ignore your shoes and socks just because they are at the tail end of your outfit. Quality leather shoes need love too so be sure to give them a quick clean and polish before you walk out the door.
Steve’s outfit details…
Suit – New England, Peter Shearer Menswear
Shirt – Brooksfield
Tie – Suited Man
Tie clip – One Bar co
Lapel pin – Melbourne Dapper
Pocket square – Mr Porter
Shoes – Bared Footwear
Socks – The Southern Scholar
Hat – Blaq Myer
Watch – Henleinpeter
Bracelet – Golden Bracelets
Glasses – Asos Menswear