Perth milliner’s tips: What to wear to get ahead during spring racing season

Holly Barker Millinery headpiece.
Holly Barker Millinery headpiece.

WE have come a long way from the fluffy little feather fascinators from racing seasons of the past, says Perth milliner Holly Barker.

“Wide brims and boater hats are in, and crowns are still proving popular,” Ms Barker said.

“Bright bold colours are trending, and lilac, yellow and florals are what’s hot right now.”

However as exciting as new trends may be, Ms Barker warns of wearing something just because it is in fashion.

“The races are a great opportunity to try something fun and different but the headpiece you choose still has to suit you and be proportionate to your features,” she said.

“Also, make sure that the hat or headpiece you choose is comfortable and secured properly so you do not have to fuss with it throughout the day.”

Ms Barker – who opened Holly Barker Millinery in 2010 – also suggests women find a dress before a hat as the clothing will inspire options for the head.

“The worst thing is seeing a mismatched outfit where nothing works together,” she said.

“Try to pick out one or two colours from your dress and stick to those for your accessories.”

Passionate about making one-of-a-kind, custom pieces for clients, Ms Barker is loving the fact that big hats are back in style.

“They add drama in all the right ways,” she said.

“Handmade flowers are a speciality of mine so I am really glad to see florals trending – they are so feminine and perfect for spring racing.

“I’m not so keen on minimalistic, barely-there crowns. It’s racing season, not a party, so put on a big hat and wear it proudly!”

Among Ms Barker’s favourite pieces is a pineapple style turban she designed last year, matching her client’s pineapple print dress and pineapple clutch.

“You may want to push the boundaries with your race day fashion, but remember to keep it classy and elegant and also appropriate for what is expected of fashion at the races – no miniskirts or midriffs,” she added.