Be it an art or a science behind the style for Spring Racing fashion, when The Hat Box offers to share their tips for the season, Melbourne Cup colours and Spring Racing headwear, we listen!
The high fashion store recently invited guests to their Hat Box High Tea, where spectacular, fashion-forward headpieces from the boutique’s current Spring Racing Carnival Collection were presented by millinery royalty and The Hat Box founder Dale Olsson.
If you missed the High Tea event, we have the tips to make sure you make the most of this fabulous time of year, when flowers, colours and fashion appear trackside.
The Hat Box founder Dale Olsson says the store stocks a range of tailored hats for the major race days on the Spring Racing Carnival calendar and she says women should take into account which specific day she is dressing for as there are certain styles of hats or headpieces for each occasion.
“Bright colours are in for Melbourne Cup. Think hot pink, lime green and orange.”
Ms Olsson also says this Spring will focus on a ‘bigger is better’ vibe.
“This season will see a return of the wide brim, in both straw and crinoline, trimmed with silk roses and ribbons. Dainty little hats will still be worn however, adorned with beads, and fascinators will be larger, statement pieces, often seen with face veils. It really will be a spectacular and beautiful showcase of headwear,” she says.
The Hat Box sells intricate original hats created by a select group of the finest milliners in Australia, including the most glamorous and on trend, trackside headpieces for spring designed by talented milliners, Patricia Balmer, Ann Boyle, Kim Fletcher, Neil Grigg, Kylie Heagney, Jonathan Howard and the famed Melbourne-based Phillip Rhodes.
While Melbourne Cup is always the prority on the calendar, Ms Olsson suggests going for stunning black and white options for Derby Day, and feminine sorbet colours such as pale pink, baby blue and nude, in elegant styles for Oaks Day.
The Hat Box
160 Queen St, the City
P 3210 2455 www.thehatbox.com.au