Our love for the races stems from the fact it’s one of the few places we can indulge in wearing beautifully made bespoke millinery. If you are considering entering Fashions on the Field (FOTF) ensure you research what is suitable for the climate, race day and season. If you are heading out for a casual day at the track it’s still a good idea to understand that not all millinery can be worn all year round. Here’s our guide to millinery materials to help you pick out your next ‘season appropriate’ headpiece.

Millinery can be categorised into three groups;
AUTUMN/WINTER – Felt, fur and heavy fabrics are suitable for cooler weather.
SUMMER/SPRING – Straw, sinamay and light fabrics are suitable for warmer weather.
TRANS-SEASONAL – Leather, lace and some fabrics can be worn in any climate.

When choosing your millinery it’s important to think about the types of materials you would wear on your body and always take into account the climate. Darwin Cup is held in August, which for us southerners is the middle of winter, but wearing a felt headpiece at that time would be like wearing a sun hat to the North Pole.

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As with clothing, fabric for your millinery should suit the season.


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There are a variety of plant based materials used in millinery which have different weaves and textures. Straws and Sinamay are light and the most comfortable option for warmer weather.

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Millinery made from these thick and heavy materials suit cool weather.

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This is a material which is versatile and can be worn in any climate.

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As with leather these materials are trans-seasonal.

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These are usually made from trans-seasonal materials but the same rule for larger millinery applies.

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Millinery available from LoveHats.com

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