Choosing a hat for the Spring Racing Carnival can sometimes be challenging.

Whether your prefer a hat, headpiece or fascinator, it’s important to choose the right style to suit your outfit and face shape.

The secret to finding the right hat is to try lots of styles in a range of colours and textures. Larger stores with dedicated millinery departments, such as David Jones and Myer are perfect as they have a large range of styles to suit all budgets.

These style tips will help to take the stress out of choosing the right hat for the Spring Carnival:

Derby Day
A classic pillbox hat and vibrant red lip is the perfect style duo for monochromatic Derby Day style.

Fillies Collection flower pillbox hat $219, David Jones; M.A.C. Cosmetics lipstick in Ruby Roo $36, Mecca


Melbourne Cup
On the day that stops the nation, bright, bold pops of colour and standout headwear is key. Get ready for your Insta close-up and channel your best Gloria Swanson moment with the key look for this season, a turban headband. 

Morgan & Taylor satin brocade turban, David Jones; Nars ‘Schiap’ lipstick $41, Mecca

Crown Oaks (or Ladies) Day
Oaks Day is all about lady-like glamour. A crown is the perfect headwear to partner with the more feminine looks of  Ladies Day.

Olga Berg ‘Monroe’ flower crown $129.95; Chantecaille ‘Agave’ lipstick $55


Stakes Day
Stakes Day style should reflect the relaxed ‘garden party’ feel of what is known as Family Day. A wide-brimmed boater adds to the relaxed and easy feel.

Sarah J Curtis ‘Style Me Simply boater $295, David Jones; RMS Lip2Cheek $52, Meccca


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