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The perfect little black dress for Derby Day

by Julie Goodwin, / Wednesday October 9th 2019

I am not one to wish away time, but with three weeks until Spring, I am certainly looking forward to warmer weather. Fresh blooms, lighter layers, longer days, and my favourite time of the year – the Spring Racing Carnival.

Every year, women frock up and flock to the track to place their bets and back themselves in the Myer Fashions on the Field competition, and the lengths that many women go to are nothing short of herculean.

From home-made millinery to extravagant couture, the Spring Racing Carnival truly is a fashion feast, and it’s one of my favourite days to be out and about. I admire the many ways different women interpret fashion, and while some take the opportunity to push boundaries, I’m a sucker for simplicity.


‘Claire’ cocktail dress in duchess silk satin.


Derby Day is about restraint and a ‘less is more’ approach when it comes to colours and prints. Traditionally, the dress code calls for a black and white palette, and simple design is key.

Whether you’re entering Fashions on the Field or actually there to watch the races on Derby Day, I recommend choosing a classic style like my ‘Claire’ cocktail dress and putting your own spin on it with accessories and millinery.


‘Claire’ cocktail dress in duchess silk satin over silk organza blouse.


The ‘Claire’ is the perfect little black dress, and it’s a comfortable number for a long day out too. Pair it with a silk organza blouse for an elegant touch, or wear it solo and choose statement jewellery, and perhaps a jewel-toned clutch.

If you’re yet to piece together your perfect Spring Racing Carnival look, pop into my Albert Park studio for a fitting.

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