Race day headwear tips from Nerida Winter

26th October, 2015

I have almost lost count of the number of gorgeous pieces I’ve worn by Nerida Winter. She’s one of my go-to milliners as she’s genius at being able to work current fashion trends into race day headwear. With Melbourne Cup day fast approaching, I asked Nerida to share some of her dos and don’ts for race day along with some of the big trends to look out for.

The top trends

“Coco Chanel’s fave hat is having a moment this season. Boaters are easy to wear, look effortless and are as fabulous on the street as they are at the track.”

“From feathered edgy crowns to French lace versions, we have made the ultimate princess accessory track-worthy.”


Zatanna silk satin floral headband, $295

“Feminine 70s floral garlands and halos will give your frock a new mood.”

The key colours

“Monochrome is huge and perfect for Derby Day elegance. A multitude of pinks and reds are Cup day essentials and metallics, nudes and blush pinks are Hollywood heroine-worthy and Oaks Day appropriate.”

Nerida’s dos and don’ts

  • When it comes to headwear always invest in the best quality/craftsmanship you can. If you want longevity and versatility you can’t go wrong with something in black.
  • It’s important to always choose a shape you feel good in regardless of fads. This season our onyx Nadia boater will have you looking amazing for many race days to come.
  • As far as spring racing no-nos go fascinators are dead – especially the DIY type . Overworked styles with too many tricks will make you look very dated, as will a matchy-matchy approach.
  • Embrace headwear and try more styles outside of your comfort zone. Your accessories should never be an afterthought as they are the key to setting you apart from the crowd.


Shop Nerida’s latest looks:

Nadia boater in Desert with onyx ribbon, $175; Zatanna silk satin floral headband, $295; Starfire headpiece, $395; The Nadia boater, $175; The Coveteur, $295; The Elektra, $395.


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