The cost of dressing up for the Spring Racing Carnival adds up very quickly. Throw in tickets, accommodation and travel to the mix and it can put a huge dent in your credit card. Shopping for a new outfit is fun but we know there are some hidden gems in the back of your closet waiting to see the sunlight again…. Take your Derby Day outfit for this Saturday and add some clever tweaks for the race days that follow. It’s time to raid the closet ladies and double up, we guarantee you will look great while saving time and money.  We show you how to do it and where to shop each look.

In this first outfit Cat’s Derby Day outfit is black from head to toe and a pop of white on her shoes, bag, brooch and hat. With a quick change of skirt, hat ribbon and shoes this outfit is now ready for Melbourne Cup Day.

Derby Day
Derby Day
Cat’s second outfit is a full white ensemble with a touch of nude. Sometimes white shoes can be stark and draw your eye down rather than up. Nude shoes blend in and also make your legs look longer… bonus! To change up this Derby Day look for another day we added gold accessories which would be perfect for Oaks Day.
Derby Day
A pant suit is a great alternative if you want to go with a sharp yet comfortable option for Derby Day. This thin pin striped BC the Label jacket and taper pant set is so versatile and can be worn many ways. For another race day Mel added some colour with a different hat, top and cape (just in case the weather turns cool, which we all know is bound to happen).


Midi skirts are still very popular and this high low design by Keepsake drapes in a beautiful, feminine silhouette. A different headpiece and skirt is all that’s needed to take this outfit from Derby Day to Stakes Day. Mel’s headbands are layered to match the colours in her floral skirt.

Top: Backstage
Black Skirt: Asos
Spotted Skirt: Ebay
Millinery: Adorn Collection
Brooch: Vintage
Bag: Ebay

Suit: BC The Label
Top: Bardot
Bag: M2M
Heels: The Iconic
Millinery: Adorn Collection

Top: Cue
White Bag: Witchery
Gold Bag: Op Shop
Belt: Valley Girl
Millinery: Adorn Collection

Top: Orbin
Spotted Skirt: Keepsake
Flower Skirt: Top Shop
Heels: Target
Gloves: Vintage
Millinery: Adorn Collection