Race day is all about the style and grace of ladies in their finest, but what we really look forward to is the glamorous headwear and fashionable fascinators! Autumn racing carnival fashion is upon us and it calls for upping our fascinator game and looking to styles which complement the change of season. Autumn fascinators are all about darker, block colours and materials which complement the heavier fabrics of Autumn fashion wear. Generally, Autumn racing calls for felt fascinators or millinery which isn’t too flimsy. A common misconception is that one has to wear an outlandish fascinator for race day – not true. Play around with your headwear and opt for headbands and hats for a different twist.
5 Autumn Fascinators Which Will Fascinate On Race Day!
1. MORGAN AND TAYLOR ‘Maya Fascinator’
The moodier, darker tones of Autumn don’t mean you have to go all-black with your choice of fascinator. A bold headpiece can add a lot of flair to an otherwise neutral outfit. This bold red fascinator by Morgan and Taylor would make an impact paired with a black dress or stylish jumpsuit while still adhering to the traditional Autumn colour palette. If you do want to play with colour, choose fascinators in reds, oranges and plums – all the hues of falling leaves! At the same time, Autumn fascinators in navy tones and jewel tones always look elegant and chic, especially with a complementing dress.
2. HEATHER MCDOWALL ‘Valerie Crown
While fascinators are the epitome of race day wear, it’s all about the headbands and hats now! This Valerie Crown by Heather McDowall is a simple yet elegant piece and perfect for complementing the darker tones and heavier fabrics of Autumn race day wear. This headband is uniquely designed with brass leaves and delicate rose details. Metals are great for Autumn as they break up the otherwise monochrome style. This headband is so in-keeping with its Autumn leaf design! If you are going to wear a headband, select one which is in keeping with your race day outfit and try not to mix with other metallics, be it in accessories or your dress as this can look overpowering. Instead, keep it refined by sticking to the one feature piece. Read our Blog for more millinery tips for race day.
3. OLGA BERG ‘Feather And Pearl Veil’
Another wonderful alternative to traditional Autumn fascinators, a veil is a mysterious and oh-so-elegant way to add statement to your race day outfit. This stunning veil by Olga Berg features pearl beading and soft black feathers that clip comfortably to the sides of the head. The veil netting is intricately designed with studded pearls and can be styled either over the eyes or over the hair, depending on your preference! This type of headpiece would make a great contrast to a long sleeve black dress or a mandarin lace dress.
4. MORGAN AND TAYLOR ‘Florence Fascinator – Black’
This stunning lace fascinator by Morgan and Taylor takes Autumn fascinators to a whole new level! Elegantly designed with a symmetric floral leaf pattern with cut out details (which captures the light beautifully!) and set on a fitted satin headband, this fascinator is another favourite for Autumn race season. Again, headband style fascinators are an easy style to wear and integrate into your outfit. Wear with hair loosely curled and hanging loose, or in a classic chignon for a romantic style. Black fascinators such as this one can look heavy if paired with an all-black outfit, so perhaps think about styling with a navy blue dress or even in a monochrome black and white style.
5. MORGAN AND TAYLOR ‘Leandrea Fascinator – Dusty Pink’
For those of us who love the lightness and pastel tones of Spring racing season, it can be hard to adapt to the more broodier hues of Autumn. To bypass this, look to your classic Spring colours and tone it down. This dusty pink fascinator by Morgan and Taylor is the ultimate neutral headpiece and adds that hint of colour without going too much on the soft, girly side. This one features an asymmetric lace piece with floral and paisley motifs which sits on a comfy satin headband. Pair it with a dusty pink or nude structured dress for a gorgeous Autumn race day look.
Autumn fascinators are all about incorporating the seasons Autumnal colours and textures; look to rich tones and intricate details in the form of lace cut-outs, metal and bejeweled headpieces. Complement the look with a decadent lace or embellished dress for luxe style.