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Spring Racing 2012 – Millinery Trends

The right hat for Spring Racing is at least as important as the right dress. Millinery trends can change just as fashions and sometimes that is not a good thing! As you know, when it comes to the Spring Racing Carnival, I am more of a classics girl but I thought it would be fun to look at some of the Spring Racing 2012 millinery trends.

We may as well start with what I call Extreme Millinery. You may have to sit down for some of these. I’m not sure how or why someone thought, “Hey, that’s a great hat. I think I’ll pay hundreds of dollars for that little beauty.”

Extreme Millinery - Spring Racing

Extreme Millinery – Spring Racing

Extreme Millinery: Sometimes, bigger is NOT better! Although I have to confess, I kind of like the one on the top left. That’s probably because it is orange and I have a hard time resisting anything orange. Oh, and I do like the architectural style of it, but I still think it’s a little much to wear to the races. The lady with the tea-pot on her head must have thought she was going to meet with Johnny Depp and his Mad Hatter character. Or perhaps she was concerned about the long lines at the catering tent? The girl in the black shirt with the black spiky hat must compete in absolutely EVERY Fashions on the Field I have ever seen and hats are her thing because she always has what I would consider an extreme hat. Some of the most extreme hat pictures you will ever see are from Ascot. Google it. You’ll be amazed.

Vintage Millinery

Vintage Millinery

Vintage Millinery: I had to include some vintage looks. I find most of these quite lovely and especially like the polka-dotted one in the top right. That hat is perfect with the dress and it’s accent buttons. The one on the bottom right is a little extreme but may look more current if it didn’t have all those flowers around the face. I’m sure the center bottom pic isn’t really vintage but the 70s style hat is.

Vintage Inspired Millinery

Vintage Inspired Millinery

Vintage Inspired Millinery: All of these hats are modern but with a vintage inspiration. Some I love, and some not so much but even the ones I don’t like are growing on me. What do you think? Any of these appeal to you? I think my favourite is the purple feather hat.

Fresh from the Runway Millinery

Fresh from the Runway Millinery

Fresh from the Runway: These hats are all fresh from the 2012 runways. Which means we are likely to start seeing their influence on the Spring Racing Carnival this year. There are several versions of the 70s floppy brimmed hat which will be good for younger girls and those who are working the relaxed boho looks. Several cloche type hats have been seen at Ralph Lauren and other shows. For those who are working the Downton Abbey vintage vibe this hat is perfect. Then there are several version of the boater and a squashed boater, both are excellent for adding a touch of masculine to a feminine look or going full on masculine with tailored looks. Just for fun if you look closely at the cobalt blue hat you will see that it is a beanie hat with a veil!

I’m really looking forward to seeing what millinery trends make the big entrée into Spring Racing 2012!

Are you a vintage, classic or extreme girl when it comes to millinery?

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Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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