Hats for Autumn Racing: Fashion for autumn racing can be tricky – with the end of the Flat season and start of the Jumps, combined with uncertain weather which may be hot one minute and raining the next, this is where a stylish felt hat can come into its own.
For Flat racing and sunnier days opt for brighter colours and eye-catching styles. For Jump racing and possibly worse weather an understated but well-cut style can show real quality while keeping colours more subtle. For a last-minute invitation pack a few staples in your wardrobe – simple but stylish and ultra-affordable.
Here we select some of our favourites that we have ‘Rated for Racing’:
Sirena is a teardrop shaped cocktail hat with a trio of leather orchids.
The hat is made from velour felt, modelled here in cypress green. The trio of orchids are shown in pearlised pink and gold.
ECLIPSE TIP: All the colours on this hat can be made in other variations – perfect if you have a favourite outfit to match it with.
Price: £295 from Maggie Mowbray Millinery.
Laurel is a hand blocked mini Bowler Hat made from high quality 100% wool felt in fuchsia pink, edged in black and fuchsia Petersham ribbon, and finished with a flirty little bow on the side.
The hat can also be made to order in lots of additional colours.
WE SAY: Bold and beautiful!
Price: £95 from Kerry Kernan Millinery, Etsy.
This felt beret in a rich blue shade is a simple shape with the addition of beautiful handcrafted felt pinecones nestled on a bed of fir leaves. It is hand blocked from 100% wool felt and sewn using traditional millinery techniques.
ECLIPSE TIP: The subtle design means this can dress up a simple outfit or gently complement a more flamboyant coat.
Price: £65 from Lillibets Millinery on Etsy.
THE SERENA FELT HAT
Serena is a classic design and is one of five styles from Maggie Mowbray’s Epitome range, each design with slight differences in brim styles and crown depths giving you a range of classic styles from which to choose.
Serena has a deep brim at the front and small upturn at the back. Shown here in mink velour felt with a navy patent leather ‘Sofia’ design band. Other colours available.
WE SAY: Subtle but so, so stylish… this hat almost makes you look forward to overcast days.
Price: £245 from Maggie Mowbray Hats, Etsy.
A stylish and contemporary take on the traditional wool fedora. Made with a matching wool trim around the outside and elastic band inside for a comfortable fit, it’s 100% wool.
WE SAY: Keep this on hand for cooler weather and add feathers, a sparkly brooch or other accessories to upgrade it for smarter outings – and change them as you please to match your outfit!
Price: £55 from The White Company.