What Would Karl Do's Top Millinery Trends for 2016

One of the most common questions a stylist gets asked about Spring Racing Carnival dressing is, ‘Do you select the millinery or your outfit first?’

I kind of think it is the same as the chicken and the egg question - do we really know? Is there a definite answer for this? I think most stylists would say to start with the outfit first and hey, even I have recently said those words myself in a previous blog post, but, I can tell you that for my Spring Racing Carnival outfit planning this year, the millinery came first.

I am lucky enough to get a preview of Australia’s best milliners collections before they hit the stores or websites, so I thought I would share with you the fabulous millinery trends to look out for when you are out shopping and what we will see track side this year.


Hooray, I love a hat, I love all kinds of hats and of course you associate Spring Racing style with a hat. Well, the hat is back! 

The boater hat is a great hat design that is comfortable, not too big and over the top so you won’t be bumping people with the sides of your brim, and it really is a great, classic look. 

A boater hat in lace is a lovely feminine touch, a felt boater is great for a structured pencil dress and a straw hat is playful and looks great when they are made in different colours, such as pastels.


The headband is a modern take on the fascinator. The milliner creates a unique design with fabrics and materials such as metal, perspex, velvet, handmade flowers and sometimes beads, pearls and studs and this creative design whatever it may be, sits on a headband.


Similar to headbands are crowns and Danica Erard of d.e millinery took the carnival by storm last year with her crown design seen on It girls and fashionistas at every race meet. 

I love both the headband and the crown, both are comfortable to wear, you don’t need any pins to hold it in place, they look great with a bouncy blow wave and work with pretty much every outfit!

I hope this post gave you some ideas for your Spring Racing Carnival outfit planning, whether you are up to selecting your millinery or your dress! Make sure you check out some of my favourite milliners below:

Danica Erard

Felicity Northeast

Ezara J

Nerida Winter

Make sure you follow me on Instagram and head over to my website to see my millinery pick at the races this year, and #SpringCarnival in your posts so I can see your fabulous headwear!