I recently had the thought that a hat is like the cherry on top on the sundae of an outfit. When I dress for the races I never really feel finished or polished until I have secured my headpiece. Taking note of the lovely ladies and gents at the track those sans hat or in a diminutive, barely-there fascinator tend to fade into the masses.
It takes a very special event to get us to put something beautiful/ridiculous on our crown these days, so I strongly suggest you take the opportunity to add a little luxurious flamboyance that a headpiece or hat brings. Even if you succumb to this years trend; the turband (a half turban, half headband hybrid).
Remember although Caulfield is over for another year there is still Flemington (I’ll be at Oaks Day at least, so come say ‘hello’ if you spot me), the Cox Plate, regional race meets and a multitude of launches and lunches which call for Spring racing attire. So here’s a selection, in no particular order, of fabulous hats, headpieces, fascinators and hatinators by Melbourne milliners to sport trackside this year;
1. Ann Shoebridge – The amount of love I have for Ann’s entire ‘Petit Fours’ collection is obscene. This piece is called ‘Cassis’.
2. Axesoir – This ‘Nautical Disk of Pearls’ headband featuring handsewn freshwater pearls is handy if you have a fear of bold hats. The nautical trend is a mainstream fashion trend this season that works well for the races.
3. Celine Victoria – Celine’s ‘Amelie’ fascinator is striking enough to make an impact in red and also in a black version. It seductively covers the eyes as a real fascinator should.
4. Estelle Annabel – This ‘Glistening Blossoms’ headpiece is simply, sweetly Spring.
5. Liza Stedman – ‘Frida’ seems inspired by the brilliantly eccentric artist Frida Karlo, but I also get a Lolita/Harajuku vibe from the piece.
6. Louise MacDonald – This hat, named ‘Calypso’, is a creamy dream.
7. Natalilouise – Actually a bridal piece, this ‘Snowy’ fascinator could work in an all-white outfit. Or perhaps bound for Derby day?
8. Paris Kyne – This structural, whimsical ‘Rollercoaster Frame’ hat is from a collection inspired by the fun of theme parks. Love it!
9. Rebecca Share – Lace is another mainstream trend that works for the carnival. Always love the purple of this ‘Emma’ piece for Melbourne Cup Day.
10. The Hummingbird Road – Their ‘Sophia’ fascinator in a watermelon hue is full of adorable vintage-y goodness. Also comes in blue and peach versions.
All images courtesy labels.