Saturday 3rd November
The most traditional day of the Carnival, and one of the most prestigious days of horse racing. The Victoria Derby is a Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race for three-year-old horses held under set weights conditions over a distance of 2,500 metres. Some of the world’s most famous horses have won this race, including Phar Lap in 1929. Derby Day has become Men’s Day in the Fashion Stakes, and every year increasing numbers of stylish gentlemen showcase dapper and on-trend looks.
What to wear:
Derby Day has always been considered formal, and has a conservative dress code. The colour palette is strictly monochrome – black, white and grey. It’s respectful to play by the rules here – don’t be the guy who gets caught out in a colourful suit.
Get creative with subtle patterns, different textures and materials in your suit and shirt. Accessories are a strong way to show personality, think tie bars, impressive pocket squares and a statement pair of brogues.
The traditional flower of Derby Day is the blue Cornflower, so you can subtly weave blue into your look. We suggest a Cornflower Blue lapel pin, but you could also choose a suit jacket with blue lining, or opt for a subtle blue-on-grey check.