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Hold onto your horses because Billy J is getting giddy for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Despite our HQ located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, we’re up for any social event where we getto dress up, drink bubbly and rub shoulders with some of the biggest influencers and corporates ofthe events and fashion world. Oh, and watching the horses run (of course).
Whether it’s your first time in attendance or it’s an annual ritual with your besties, the stakes are now higher than ever when it comes to spring racing fashion. You’ve already got the perfect spring racing collection outfit (courtesy of Billy J, obvi) – now you just need the accessories to take you centre stage and get you noticed trackside.
Whether you want to be an eligible contestant for the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field or you just want an Insta-worthy photo to post, we’ll tell you the hottest trends of 2019 when it comes to accessories.
A day of fun, fashion and fillies
It really all does come down to the minor details: a glam heel to complement your outfit, a bag that brings an extra bit of oomph to your styling, or chandelier drop earrings to draw attention to your bare neckline. However, we all know that the star of your outfit will be your crowning glory – literally.
We’re talking about your none other than your headpiece. There’s no denying that fascinators and hats have become high-society event staples, seen only at sporting events and royal weddings. And they’re getting more creative, more ostentatious and even more stylish. If you’ve got your ticket to the Spring Racing Carnival this year, we’ve got the lowdown on what to prop on your head.
- The floral headpiece: An eternal classic for Spring Racing (“Flowers? For spring? Ground-breaking”) we’ve reinvented the look by foregoing fresh flowers and opting for a large silk flower fitted on a headband. Remember that the flower should be placed on the same side as your parting to create a balanced and polished look. (Bonus: our floral headpieces can double as an accessory for the bride on her hens day, or the mum-to-be at her baby shower.)
- The headband: A latecomer to the party, the headband offers a sleek and understated look. From the gold daisy chain headpiece which sits flush on your head to the Grecian goddess double bands, every headband in our collection is the perfect finishing touch. Feel like a mermaid in our twisted pearl headband or go bold in a wide satin faux pearl circlet. Our woven turban-inspired headbands come in a range of colours and will not only look stylish but will keep the hair off your face.
- The hat: We’re loving our sleek, wide-brimmed hats that give us all kinds of Pretty Woman vibes. If you’re opting for a hat this Spring Racing, it will look best in a statement colour, such as a blush or black. Tie your hair back in a sleek pony and you’re good to go. Wearing it on a slight tilt is the most flattering way to nail this look.
- The fascinator: The popular alternative to a full hat, the fascinator is an easy way to add instant glam to a formal outfit. A blush linen piece with a large bow exudes class and style. Similarly, you can’t go wrong with a white lace embroidered design. Go full ‘50s glamour in a netted headpiece that veils the face.
Of course, the race day you attend will dictate what colour fascinators you can wear. For Derby Day, you’ll need to adhere to the dress code of black and white. However, for Emirates Stakes Day, there is a distinctly relaxed feel, so aim for a small and simple headpiece. When it comes to Melbourne Cup and Crown Oaks Day, be brave in a unique fascinator that is more ‘arty’ than hairpiece, and rock a crown for the latter.
The fashion stakes are high with Billy J
Spark your fashion creativity at the Spring Racing Carnival this year with our selection of fascinators, hats and headbands. This racing season is all about adding a touch of femininity and fun to your look, and there’s no faster way to do that than with our headpieces. At affordable prices and in a variety of colours, styles and materials, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
With fast shipping to Australian and New Zealand addresses, and standard delivery to anywhere in the world, order your fascinators online today to receive them in time for the races.