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’:

 

SHOW STOPPERS

ORCHID COCKTAIL HAT – SIRENA

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.

BESO

Stand out from the crowd with Beso, a felt cocktail hat that is part of Laura Aspit Livens’ AW16 collection.

WE SAY: Surely this was made for the Duchess of Cambridge?!

Available from: Laura Aspit Livens.

EYECATCHING

LAUREL – MINI BOWLER HAT

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.

GREEN PILLBOX

This lovely wool felt pillbox hat is 100% handmade by Monic Millinery, and decorated with the felt bow.

WE SAY: The bright green colour is perfect as a transition hat between summer and autumn, Flat and Jump

Price: £57 from Monic Millinery, Etsy.

 

UNDERSTATED

BLUE FELT BERET

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.

WARDROBE STAPLES

WOOL SELF TRIM FEDORA HAT – GREY MARL

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.

MY ACCESSORIES BERET IN PINK WITH PEARLS

A cosy pink beret with added (faux) pearls for sparkle.

WE SAY: At this price, you can keep it in your handbag, ready to whisk out for any last-minute invitations or after-work race outings.

Price: £14 from ASOS.

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