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Derby Day 2022 | How to Wear a Black Dress in Spring

Derby Day 2022

Posted • August 8 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

Are you attending Derby Day 2022 in Melbourne and have no idea what to wear? Derby Day 2022 is a must attend for racing fans as it is the most prestigous horse race in the world. Whether it be your first or seventh time attending the races, we decode all the things style wise to help you get ready for the races this Spring.

What to Wear to Derby Day

What is the Dress Code for Derby Day?

Is Derby Day Black and White?

So there's all the talk around about how you can only wear black and white to Derby Day. Is this really true? The answer is, yes! Derby Day is known for its strict black and white dress code, so the outfit you choose must follow this rule. Although this is the dress code for men and women, you can get away with subtle shades of grey.

How to Dress for Derby Day

Derby Day is all about elegance, so you want to wear a dress that exudes elegance.
Any form of colour is a big no, so you wan't to avoid wearing a dress or accessorising with anything that is not strictly black or white.


What to Wear to a Derby Day Party

Black Dresses for Derby Day 2022

Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi in Black

The Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi Dress is a sophisticated style made from a thick structured crepe. The dress has a fit and flare silhouette. We think this style is perfect for Derby Day 2022 as it is a super elegant design and will have you feeling comfortable for a long day at the races.

Nookie Eleganza Midi Dress

The Nookie Eleganza Midi Dress is a beautiful off the shoulder style with puff sleeves. This dress is perfect for the races as it is simple and elegant but still unique with the sleeve feature. This form fitting dress is extremely flattering on the figure and will definitely make a statement at the races.

Elle Zeitoune Janine Black Dress

The Elle Zeitoune Janine Black Dress is a figure hugging little black dress that gives a flattering silhouette. The unique one shoulder features a shoulder pad that accentuates the figure. It is a simple yet elegant design that screams day at the races.

Camilla and Marc Bowery Slip Dress

The Camilla and Marc Bowery Slip Dress is a beautiful slip dress made from a satin fabric. This classic style drapes over the body and features a cowl neckline and low back. You can't go wrong with a simple black dress to the races as you can accessorise all you want. We think the satin fabric makes this style very elegant which is what Derby Day is all about.

REBECCA VALLANCE Calla V-Wire Midi (Black) - RRP 9,Dress for a Night

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White Dresses for Derby Day 2022

Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire in Ivory

The Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi Dress is also crafted in an Ivory/White. This dress embodies femininity and style that exudes elegance. If you'd prefer to wear a white dress but loved this style, it's a win-win! This stylish midi dress is perfect for Derby Day 2022.  

Thurley Chameleon Mini Dress

The Thurley Chameleon Mini Dress in Ivory/White features stunning lace detailing, is lined around the bust and skirt, and has beautiful flared sleeves. We love this dress as it exudes elegance with a touch of fun and flirty. This dress is perfect for a day at the races, especially Derby Day if you want to wear a dress that is unique while sticking to the colour scheme.

Alice McCall She's Got It Dress

The Alice McCall She's Got It Dress in Ivory/White is a stunning midi dress that has beautiful lace and frill detailing. This, again, is a great option for Derby Day 2022 if you want to wear a dress that isn't too simple. Black and white colour schemes can make wearing a unique outfit difficult, but this dress makes it easy and you'll be sure to stand out from the rest.  

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How to Wear a Black Dress in Spring

What Colour Bag with a Black Dress?

Because the dress code for Derby Day is strictly black and white, there can be no colour in the mix, even for accessories. This means that you may want to choose contrasting accessories with your look or stick with the same block colour.


Wearing a black bag can be done with either black or white dresses. If you're sticking to a block colour, wear a black dress with a black bag for a chic and classic look.


If all black intimidates you, you can wear a white bag and accessories with your black dress, this way your look is more playful and fun.

What Shoes do you Wear with a Black Dress?


Black or white heels can be worn with a black dress. Whether they be strappy, stilettos or block heels, anything will go, just make sure they're comfortable!

Sandals and flats

If heels aren't your best friend, you can definitely wear more comfortable shoes such as sandals or flats - black or white - for a softer look. Comfort is key for a long day at the races.


Boots are also a great option to wear with a black dress. They elevate any look and have you looking put together. Remember black or white only.

What Cover Up do you Wear with a Black Dress?

Fur Stoles

To elevate a look on a colder day, we recommend choosing a faux fur wrap. This can be used as an accessory and for an extra layer of warmth, who doesn't want both? The Unreal Fur Yasmine Wrap Fur Stole is available to rent in colours black and white for your next Derby Day.

Choose a Long-Sleeve Style

If Derby Day 2022 is facing a colder day during the Spring season, you can find a long sleeve style to keep you warm for the day. We love the Bec + Bridge Della Vita Midi Dress that features long sleeves in a ribbed material. This dress is super versatile as you can wear it to show the cut out at the front or the back to make it backless. You can dress this number up with accessories such as a fascinator or head piece to make it suitable for Derby Day 2022.

Finding your Perfect Derby Day Dress with Dress for a Night

Now that we have cracked the Derby Day dress code, it is up to you to decide which dress suits you the best. All these beautiful race day dresses are available to hire for a fraction of the retail price because who wants to purchase a dress they will only wear once? With our super easy hiring system, you'll save money and wardrobe space and help to reduce the environmental footprint of the fashion and textiles industry, it can't get any better than that!


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