Victorian Derby Day was inaugurated in 1855 and is widely considered as the most prestigious day on the Spring Racing calendar. Unlike your typical race meet, Derby Day punters adhere to a firm dress code – traditional black and white accompanied by a bright blue cornflower.
Despite the day showcasing Australia’s best horses in a full program of Group 1 status races, it’s the fashion and corporate entertainment that has stolen the focus over the last decade. Amongst the extravagant marquees and social elite, standing out from the crowd at Derby Day requires a little more attention to detail. We’ve paired the M.J. Bale Harden Black suit with a traditional black silk tie and white shirt combination. The spotted black and white pocket square pays respect to the dress code but adds a hint of texture and flair to the monochromatic tones. Traditional attire should always be paired with traditional shoes; a classic pair of black toecap Oxfords pairs nicely with a black leather banded dress watch to complement the suit. Finally, being conscious of the occasion is important when dressing for Derby Day, keep it understated and pay attention to cloth choice, quality, texture and fit.
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