With the Brisbane Racing Carnival in full swing, let’s talk Millinery and Hair Trends
Race Day Hairstyles for Long Hair
Millinery is the old-time word for hat or fascinator which, let’s face it, is the fundamental building block of your entire race day look. This season we are seeing lots of different styles from traditional pieces, to subdued halo-inspired headbands and even trendy pony-tail scarfs. We’ve got the low-down on what’s trending and the best ways to style your tresses to suit your millinery pick this race season.
1. THE TRADITIONALIST
Whether it’s a fascinator or a beautiful hat, one of the most versatile and easy hairstyles to suit has to be the bun or roll! Wear it low or high, sleek or messy, small or big…
2. THE HEADBAND
… or the Halo, they are just so gorgeous! And when it comes to styling your hair to suit, you can’t go pass tousled curls or smooth locks left down and natural…
3. THE PONYTAIL SCARF
Despite how effortlessly easy this look is to create, the finished product is ever so polished and chic. This look is perfect for those who are not into the traditional head pieces or headbands…
4. HAIRSTYLES FOR THE RACES WITH FASCINATORS
Shopping for and wearing a fascinator is no simple task. Not only do you need to find just the right piece that complements your look, but you’ll also need to style your spring racing hair in such a way as to seamlessly match your chosen fascinator. Whether your long hair is worn up, down, or in a side bun, long hair is ideal to create a stylish look on race day.
For a first-time attendee, try letting your locks loose, especially if they’re already wavy. Floral crown fascinators work best here. Begin by parting your hair down the middle and allowing shorter layers of your hair to frame your face. A little bit of spray to texturise and a quick blow-dry is all you need to achieve this simple look.
5. RACE DAY HATS
If floral designs aren’t your preferred choice of fascinator, a hat is a great way to stand out. Generally, bigger is better when it comes to race day hats. Pillbox hats and large brims are best worn with a side bun, but be sure to wear the hat first to see how it fits naturally.
Once you’ve decided on your structured hat style (including colour and texture) and how you’ll wear it, slick back your hair and comb it to achieve a little volume. Split into two sections, then twist it into a ponytail and then wrap it into a bun for the desired effect. This feminine style is quite comfortable to wear and is always a safe and classic choice.
Race Day Hairstyles for Short Hair
Short spring racing hair lends itself well to a range of millinery, so don’t feel left out of the fun just because you’ve got shorter hair. The caveat with shorter hair, however, is that your millinery will stand out much more, meaning that you’ll want to emphasise choosing a headpiece or hat that makes a statement.
1. THE HEADBAND
Two headbands that look classy yet feminine for short hair are jewelled crowns and big, bold bows. In particular, oversized bows are becoming trendy in fashion and come in a variety of colours, textures, and materials. Opt for a bow that either matches your race day or contrasts with your colour palette.
Try an oversized bow with a half updo look. Ensure that your hair hasn’t been freshly washed, then curl it with a generous amount of hairspray. Backcomb the top section, then pin your hair back from both sides. Wear your bow on top of your head to achieve a bold look.
2. RACE DAY HATS
Boater hats, pillbox hats, and percher hats are all classic choices for race day. For shorter hair, however, consider a hat that allows you to show some hair whilst complementing the rest of your outfit. Percher hats can be found with small or no brim, allowing you to showcase your beautiful hair. Try different styles until you find one that you like, then try it on as you’d wear it on race day.
Always endeavour to part your hair to the opposite side to which you intend to wear the hat. Percher hats look great with a traditional bun, but you can always try out a doughnut bun for a dramatic and bold look.
3. HAIRSTYLES FOR THE RACES WITH FASCINATORS
Short hair and fascinators go hand in hand, but some race day hairstyles will look more beautiful than others on race day. Always choose a style that matches your choice of fascinator well. For example, headbands and jewelled or contemporary crowns can be small enough to showcase your great hairstyle whilst looking elegant.
A common hairstyle that looks modern and classy is the sleek and straight style. Slick your hair back and apply plenty of strongholds hairspray before finishing the look with a crown, headband, or a mesh veil.
4. GLAM WAVES
Shorter hair can stand out as voluminous with a relaxed look such as glam waves. If you need flexibility for your choice of millinery, this hairstyle lends itself well to all types of hats and headbands. This comfortable hairstyle is quite easy to achieve. With a curling wand or hair straightener, create curls and hold them together with plenty of hairsprays.
5. MILKMAID BRAID
A traditional, European-inspired hairstyle that looks wonderful with floral crowns and headbands, the milkmaid braid is trendy at the moment. Begin by sectioning your hair down the centre, then braiding loose, three-strand braids on either side. Finish by securing the braids atop your head.