David Jones Fashion Stable at Caulfield Racecourse on October 21, 2017 in Caulfield, Australia. (Fiona Hamilton/Racing Photos)

Millinery Tips and Tricks

Millinery is an all-important part of a raceday outfit and if I’m being brutally honest, I think this can often be a woman’s downfall when piecing together an ensemble.

Perhaps it becomes an afterthought after tackling the task of finding the right dress or top – that can be exhausting! Or maybe there’s some apprehension about what works, because let’s face it, it’s not every day we pop on a crown (even though we are all Queens!). The thing is, you really notice when the right millinery is selected, it just works and the ensemble stands out in a positive way.


Emma Freedman Instagram - Derby Day with Lexus - October 29 2016

Whether it’s a headband, crown, hat or headpiece, there’s a few things you can keep in mind when deciding on what to go with for your raceday outfit.

First of all, don’t be afraid to go on the bigger side! I’m not talking tyre diameter style stuff, but a classic boater or fedora can look so chic, and is easily used again at a summer race meeting or the polo.

You want your millinery to ‘go with’ your outfit, but not necessarily ‘match’ – too coordinated is too contrived in my books.


Emma Freedman Instagram - Melbourne Cup Day - November 1 2016

Choose something that you think suits your face (you know it better than anyone else!) and a piece you know you can pair back with other outfits. My favourite hats have been worn dozens of times with a variety of different frocks!

Also, have a think about how you want to wear your hair – up or down, gently pinned or in a slick ‘do – is this going to work around your millinery?

However, my biggest tip when it comes to hats is wear it forward on your head. Hats nowadays are designed to sit forward on your hairline, not back on your crown, so ensure that you have yours positioned correctly and you’ll be good to go!


Emma Freedman Instagram - Melbourne Cup Day - November 3 2016