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Derby Day 2024 | How to Wear a Black Dress in Spring

Derby Day 2024

Updated • February 8 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

Are you attending Derby Day 2023 in Melbourne and have no idea what to wear? Derby Day 2023 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

Now you might be wondering, what is the Derby Day dress code? Let's unpack all things Derby Day attire below.

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.

What to Wear to a Derby Day Party

Lets talk how to dress for Derby Day. Derby Day is all about elegance and sophistication, so you want to wear a dress that exudes and showcases that.
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.

Black Dresses for Derby Day

Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi Dress (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 2023 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.

Nookie Nouveau Midi Dress

The Nookie Nouveau Midi Dress is a stunning midi dress. This dress features a square neckline with pearl detailing along the bust and straps. A super comfortable and easy to wear style that is made from a form fitting scuba crepe material. A classic and modern look that is perfect for any event, especially a day at the races. Add a little wow to your race day outfit with this gorgeous midi dress.


This style is available in black and nude to make the perfect outfit for oaks day.

Rebecca Vallance Chloe Gown

The Rebecca Vallance Chloe Gown is a gorgeous full length gown crafted from a combination of luxurious crepe and taffeta fabrics. The neckline adds a touch of femininity and sophistication which is what Derby Day attire is all about. This gown offers both style and comfort which is all you want in a race day outfit.

White Dresses for Derby Day

Rebecca Vallance Calla V Wire Midi Dress (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 and loved this style from before, then it's meant to be! This stylish midi dress is perfect for Derby Day 2023.  

Rebecca Vallance Perle Bow Midi Dress

The Rebecca Vallance Perle Bow Midi Dress is a gorgeous mid-length dress crafted from a heavy-weight crepe. This dress features an elegant strapless neckline, a fitted pencil skirt, carefully hand embellished pearls and as well as a signature Rebecca Vallance taffeta bow at the back. A style that will bring out your feminine side, you cannot go wrong with this stunning dress for Derby Day.

House Of CB Lulu Drape Midi Corset Dress

The House of CB Lulu Drape Midi Corset Dress is a beautiful corset mid-length dress. This dress is perfect for outdoor events as it is comfortable and easy to wear. Corset dresses are also super trendy at the moment so why not jump on the trend while you have the chance! The midi length makes this dress suitable for cocktail events and a long day at the races.

This style is available in pistachio green and white.

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 a more comfortable shoe option 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?

Faux 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

Arcina Ori Aston Dress

The Arcina Ori Aston Dress is a gorgeous long sleeve dress that is perfect for events on a cooler day. Featuring a wrap around design with cut outs, this dress is extremely flattering and unique. The Aston Dress is made from a thick ribbed material that provides extra warmth. This gorgeous long sleeve dress is classy and elegant, which makes it the perfect Derby Day outfit for the cooler days in Spring.

Pasduchas Lucia Sleeve Midi Dress (Black)

The Pasduchas Lucia Sleeve Midi Dress is a beautiful long sleeve style that is made from a lustrous satin. Featuring a plunging v-neckline and an a-line skirt, this dress is flattering on all body types. A comfortable, flattering and easy to wear style, you cannot go wrong with this elegant dress for the Derby Day races.


This style is available in black and sea mist for a gorgeous Oaks Day look.

Style with the naya headpiece to match as seen in the images below.

Finding Your Fit

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 convenient hiring system, you'll save money, 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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