While a classic bobble hat is great for a winter raceday, for those who enjoy any opportunity for a fabulous new hat, the winter season and its Festive racedays is the perfect excuse! We round up some stylish options that are ideal for yourself or would make marvellous gifts.

EXPLODED POM POM

Giulia Mio is an Italian couture milliner who trained as costume designer and milliner for haute couture and theatre. Always interested in new techniques and innovative materials, her style is the result of a different mix of Art, Theatre and observation of Nature. 

Her hats and headpieces are designed to flatter the face and proportioned to the person and whole outfit. All pieces are hand made and the Exploded Pom Pom Fedora is from her current Autumn/Winter collection which features a gorgeous range of hats, headpieces and turbans (yes!).

WE SAY: For headwear that oozes style with a splash of sensation Giulia is you go-to girl. Whether it’s a celebratory Christmas racing festival or a Best Hat competition, these hats are for those who like to show off their personality. #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £425 from Giulia Mio Millinery. 

LADIES TRILBY, FELT HAT WITH FEATHER

This elegant winter ladies’ trilby hat features a real leather plaited band and feather detail along with a modern high crown. The hat can be made in a variety of colours; it is shown here in ‘Bordeaux’.

The design is hand formed using luxurious velour felt, with an elegant upward sweep. It is handmade to order, satin lined and available in custom sizes.

WE SAY: Choose a calm colour for understated everyday style, or pack a punch with a brighter choice to cheer up a dreary-weather winter’s raceday or to celebrate a Christmas racing festival. #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £325 from Maggie Mowbray via Etsy.

‘BAUBLES’

Milliner Sarah O’Rourke is an exciting new designer from Ireland who this year debuted at London Fashion Week. Her creations are one of a kind, each being designed using Saraden Designs Handmade Fabric created with various techniques and fibres. The fabric is sculpted into this intricate design and embellished with two shades of beading and a selection of Emu feather.

ECLIPSE TIP: The versatile design and colour will work well for racing festivals year round: complementing winter heathery tweeds for Jumps meetings such as Cheltenham Festival, transition pieces at Aintree Grand National, through to florals and pastels for Flat racing festivals such as Newmarket Guineas and Doncaster St Leger. #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £230.56 from Saraden Designs and Etsy.

GRETA

Earlier this year Margaret Woodliff Wright was “hat hunted” by Gok Wan and his team who invited her to present an exclusive millinery collection on the catwalk for September’s One Size Fits All show at the Gateshead Hilton.

Greta, was one of the pieces she presented – a gorgeous lined melusine fur felt coolie with a studded leather headband and arrow quill. 

WE SAY: Lovely autumn winter colours will complement winter raceday outfits and we think it has potential for the Cheltenham Festival too! #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £300, available from Margaret Woodliff Wright Millinery.

THE KINGFISHER

Featuring a round crown in teal blue and slightly turned up brim in olive green, this is a high quality fur felt hat with a pinch of pizzazz. The delicate long feathers ensure you are elegantly turned out whatever the occasion.

This style is fabulously flattering for all face shapes, and will complement a range of outfits from the tailored coat or suit to a pair of wide legged trousers and a soft pashmina shawl.

Made in London using traditional millinery techniques, it has been entirely hand sewn.

WE SAY: It’s a great shape to be unobtrusive on winter racedays, but has enough ping to make people look twice! #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £210 from Hats by Agnieszka via Etsy.

BUNDLE TRILBY

Bundle MacLaren offers an exciting trilby range, from traditional colours to the vibrant Bright orange and fuchsia dual tone felt luxury trilby. This fabulously chic, bold statement design will brighten up any outfit on any day.

WE SAY: The perfect way to add a lick of glamour to your everyday look, try it for Point to Points as well as winter racing. #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £179 from Bundle MacLaren.

BELLATRIX

This slanted beret perches easily on the side of the head. It is covered with vintage fur fabric (upcycled from a coat) so is truly unique. A small camel coloured bow holds a plume of curled lady Amherst pheasant tail feathers in place giving height to the piece.

ECLIPSE TIP: This will keep your head warm for winter racing festivals – and may even win you a Best Hat competition too! #RockItForRacing

PRICE: £195 from Sharper Millinery

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Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc.

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