Olivia Palermo never leaves the house looking less than flawless—making her the perfect role model for spring racing style. The Spring Racing Carnival is one of the few calendar events of the year that gives us an excuse to really ‘dress up’. Sure, we have weddings, engagement parties, and work events, but racing is different—it’s filled with tradition that has remained in-tact for over 50 years, and it’s our duty to maintain it.
You’ll never see Palermo with her shoes in hand stumbling out of a car—she’s classy, elegant, and always gets the dress code right—which is why she’s our ultimate spring racing style inspiration. Nailing the dress code is important—turning up to Derby Day in an orange dress will make you feel like you’re standing out for all the wrong reasons.
We’ve taken four of Palermo’s best looks, and matched them to the biggest racing days on the calendar. Keep scrolling to read about the four major race days, and what to wear to each.
Traditionally, Derby Day (October 29, 2016) means we wear black and white, but if you want to stand out, make white the main stand-out of your look (like OP). Derby Day is the most elegant race day, so this is your chance to really step up the style stakes.
On Palermo: Chloé dress.
The Melbourne Cup (November 1, 2016) is the race that stops the nation, and your fashion choice should be equally show-stopping. Use Melbourne Cup as your opportunity to wear a more fashion-forward outfit. But remember a few key racing rules—keep it classy, and no bare midriff (yes, it's an actual rule).
On Palermo: Christian Dior dress and shoes.
If there's one day you can rally your gal pals together for, it's Crown Oaks Day (November 3, 2016). The dress code for Ladies Day (as it's also known), isn't set in stone, but it's definitely the 'fashion' day in the calendar as the Myer Fashions on the Field winner is announced on this day. Use the opportunity to wear a bright, fun frock, so you stand out.
Stakes Day (November 5, 2016), is also known as 'family' day, so many race-day visitors opt to wear something a little more relaxed. We'll be copying Olivia and opting for a loose, floaty, floral maxi dress and elevating it with accessories.
On Palermo: Olivia Palermo + Chelsea 28 dress.