Four Millinery Styles That Suit Everyone

Four millinery styles that suit absolutely everyone

The spring racing carnival is in full swing and if you haven’t already finalised your millinery, time is running out!

With Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day lunches only days away, don’t leave it any longer to find the headpiece that will add the finishing touch to your perfect outfit.

If you’ve been putting off the search for a hat or fascinator because you’re not sure which millinery styles suit you, you’re in luck! We’ve consulted the experts to find out the best hats and fascinator styles that suit everyone and work with almost any outfit. You simply can’t go wrong with one of these!

The Boater

Best if: you need a go-with-everything style

If you’re still finalising your outfit, or plan to wear the same hat to multiple events, a boater is hands-down your best bet. “It can make a long skirt or dress feel very soft, pretty and romantic; a jumpsuit look more stylish and chic; and a tailored suit or dress more unique,” notes milliner Sarah J Curtis. She also suggests a fedora or Panama for an equally versatile and slightly more classic approach.

The Headband

Best if: you’re not sure what suits you

For a failsafe choice that you just know will look good, milliner Gregory Ladner recommends a headband with attached fascinator. “They’re adjustable, so can be tilted to suit each individual person,” he notes. Take some time to adjust and experiment until you find a position that suits you and complements your hairstyle.

The Bow

Best if: you plan to rewear it

Certain millinery styles have crossed over from events to the fashion mainstream this season, including an elegant oversized bow. A more understated approach to race-day headwear, it will look equally chic at events all summer long. “They are delicate enough to be worn at the back of the head in a ponytail and should definitely be worn again on a girls’ night out or as a perfect complement to a New Years’ Eve outfit.” says Liz Ormando, David Jones buyer for handbags and accessories.

The Fascinator

Best if: you prefer a classic style

There’s a reason the fascinator has been a trackside staple for so many years: it’s neat, elegant and adds a little pop of interest to any dress style. This classic headpiece is also making a very chic comeback thanks to Meghan Markle. The Duchess of Sussex has been spotted wearing fascinators to many events over the past 12 months, and her decision to wear them with both flowing printed dresses and more rigorously tailored pieces shows just how versatile this style can be.

Main image: D. E. Millinery bow

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