Whether you love horse racing or not, it’s hard not to get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement the fast-approaching spring racing season brings.
Sure Melbourne Cup Day might be the most high profile on the racing calendar, but here at Sporteluxe we’re most excited about Derby Day, due in large part to its historical chic black and white dress code.
So as a tribute to Derby fever – and simply because monotone will always be a universally flattering code for any wardrobe – we’ve rounded up five of our favourite luxe black and white pieces this season.
Five lust-have black and white pieces for spring
THE TOTE: State of Escape
Dubbing itself as the ultimate carry-all for the chic and sporty woman on the run, the State of Escape Bag in black will see you from work to weekend, or workout to beach in an instant. The practical mesh and press-stud fastening lets you adjust the size of the bag on a whim, meaning it can transform as often as you need, to keep up with your active lifestyle. This bag also comes with a detachable pouch which acts as safe hold for your valuables, ensuring your keys never escape your clutches for long.
Shop → State of Escape Bag in Black $299
THE SWIMSUIT: Seafolly
Every active girl needs an active swimsuit that both looks good and will stay on in the surf. Seafolly has seamlessly combined their ultra-functional fabric with a classic, retro style to bring us this flattering swimsuit. With its engineered fit, signature spliced panel lines and form-fitting neckline (that can plunge at any moment) you’ll feel sexier than Gigi herself in this little number. The zip front and racer back will keep you looking sporty and ready to spring into action at any moment.
Shop → Seafolly Block Party Scuba One Piece Maillot $159.99
THE TRANS-SEASONAL TOP: Nike
This Nike Tech Fleece Cape is the perfect trans-seasonal top, ideal for post-sundown temperature dips. It’s a contemporary take on the classic sweatshirt, with a very high-tech twist and epitomises the sports luxe look this website (along with countless runway shows over past years) is founded on! It’s warm, soft and incredibly lightweight, making it perfect to throw on for sunrise strolls, brunch or even air-conditioned or outdoor movie sessions with friends. We love the oversized hood that offers a bit of extra warmth and a lot of extra wow-factor.
Shop → Nike Tech Fleece Cape $200
THE HEADWEAR: Zimmermann
As much as we love the look of a fascinator at the races, somehow it just doesn’t convert to everyday living. Felt hats are so on-trend right now and make a great everyday alternative to regular race-day headpieces. This Zimmerman Short Brim hat will keep you looking stylish on the streets and adds an air of sophistication to your off-duty look. What’s more, a hat like this will actually protect your head and shade your face from the sun making it a more versatile option.
Shop → Zimmermann Felt Short Brim with Hat Bar $450
THE SHADES: Sass & Bide
An elegant pair of sunglasses is essential for any fashion-conscious lady on the go and these round-frame specs are so hot right now. Sass & Bide’s signature mismatch of spots and stripes is always eye catching, but you won’t have any trouble matching these timeless frames to your wardrobe. We think it’s fair to say these shades reflect (yes, pun intended) the same creativity as the rest of the Sass & Bide range, which is why they’re fast becoming our favourite eyewear for spring.