Spring Racing: Finding the perfect headpiece

Written by Garden City Personal Stylist, Peta Preston.

Spring Racing Carnival is upon us and now is the time to search for that perfect headpiece to compliment your race day look.

Traditionally, racing attire consisted of a fascinator, a large or decorative design that was the finishing touch of any racing getup. Now, racegoers and the Australian fashion set are reinventing racing headwear, coming up with new and exciting ways to abide by the rules, while simultaneously breaking them.

When considering headwear, knowing the different types of hats is a great start into knowing what you would like to wear.  The 4 main headwear accessories featuring this year are;

  1. Fascinator
  2. Headband
  3. Full Hat
  4. Hair Clips

Choosing the right headwear to your race day outfit can be challenging.  Here are my styling tips to help you pick a winner!

If your outfit is a show stopping statement piece with texture and lace, let the dress be the hero and compliment your look with subtle and elegant headwear to keep it simple and sophisticated.  Think small jewelled crown or pastel headband.

If your outfit is a block colour or monochrome dress with clean fresh lines, this is your chance to go big, bold and beautiful with your choice of headwear.  Think large brim hat with draping scarf or a clashing bold colour fascinator, bursting with blooms and colour.

There are countless floral dresses in-store at the moment.  Keep it really simple and add a touch of elegance with a large statement hairclip, simple straw boater or colour matching turban headpiece to spice up the soft floral look.

Above all, be sure to wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable.  Consider your face shape.  Round faces look great in large hats.  If you have an oval shaped face, stick with fascinators with more width than height to add fullness.  Even try positioning your fascinator to the side for a more dramatic look!

Where to find my favourites at Garden City:

Angelina beaded headband ($49.99) or Rayna flower crown ($39.99)

White Faux Leather flower headband ($59.99) or Black Spike lace headband ($39.99)

Statement Pearl clip ($19.95)

Large Sun Hat in red ($45.95)

Click here to find out more about The Style Room and how Peta can help you tailor this seasons trends for what suits you.