It’s the Melbourne Cup in six days.
That’s cool. I’m still writing the date as 2014, and haven’t finished the to-do list I wrote back in January, but whatever… I’m totally prepared for this…
If the Spring Racing Carnival has snuck up on you too, behold the best ~last minute~ race wear buys. This, friends is a silly hat and stiletto-free zone. Think: Things You Will Wear Again One Day (ok, not that leafy crown thing — that’s probably a one off). And we’re bringing them to you on a budget, because the next time we blink, it’ll be Christmas.
By now you know the DD dress code is black and white. What happens if you wear colour on Derby Day? No one has ever survived to tell the tale, so deviate at your own peril. But I will give you this tip: the last time I wore a white dress to the races I ended up with a tomato sauce stain down the front after I ate a meat pie in the car park. So I think the more appropriate style advice here is, wear a white frock at your own peril.
We can’t all be in Melbourne to watch the race that stops a nation, so if you’re celebrating in the office the key is not to look ridiculous for the other seven hours and 57 minutes of your workday. Elaborate headpieces and fascinators are best avoided, so opt for something more understated like a headband, bow or fresh flowers. If you work in a fun office and like to outdo each other in the crazy stakes, head straight over to Lucy Gransbury’s excellent DIY headpiece post for inspiration.