Hair trends for Spring Carnival are very much dictated by the current season’s headwear trends. You need to consider your look from head to toe, and getting your hairstyle right will help pull your entire look together.
First and foremost, you need to get the dress code right! As a simple guide:
1/ Derby Day (Saturday November 4th) is all about classic black and white and classy elegance is the keyword. This is also the day to opt for a sleek brimmed hat as opposed to a fascinator. Derby Day is ideal for a sleek and sophisticated classic updo.
2/ Melbourne Cup Day (Tuesday November 7th) is the most prestigious day in the Spring Racing calendar. This is the day to embrace colour and bold style, but remain classy – skip the nightclub apparel! Be festive, and choose a standout artistic hat or fascinator. Melbourne Cup Day really is anything goes for hair – just make it works with your headwear.
3/ Oaks Day (Ladies Day – Thursday November 9th) is the day to embrace femininity and prettiness. Think soft and delicate dresses in silk, chiffon, and lace, in florals and softer hues, and choose a crown, clip, or halo-shaped headband in preference to a hat or fascinator. Ladies Day is perfect for letting your tresses flow in a more feminine way, or choosing an updo that is softer and less structured.
4/ Stakes Day (Saturday November 11th) is traditionally family day and is the least formal day of the calendar. Relaxed style options include a floaty dress, separates, or jumpsuit, and a brimmed straw hat is the perfect headpiece. Choose a more relaxed hairstyle for Stakes Day.
The biggest fashion trends for this year include shoulder detailing, romance (ruffles, frills, lace, sheer, and whimsy) and florals.
Your hairstyle for the day will depend on your headwear, as well as the weather. If the day is going to be hot and humid, opt for an updo. If it’s going to be windy or raining, talk to your stylist to decide on your best option. Remember to wash your hair the day before the event as this is best for styling.
The best styles for Race Day for wearing with headwear include:
– Donut Buns – worn low if you’re wearing a hat
– Side Braids – either left long or wound into a textured bun
– Modern French Roll
– Hair Down – either poker straight or in soft waves
– Sleek Bob – especially good with a wide-brimmed hat
– Added Hairpieces for interest with shorter hair
– Architectural Updo – which complements the design of your millinery
Visit your stylist in advance of your appointment. Bring your headwear and have a chat – he or she is has the expert experience to advise you of some great options for what will look and feel best for you on the day. From the simplest style to a sartorial masterpiece, you know you’re in great hands.