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Melbourne Cup is right around the corner and (gasp!) you haven’t secured a spring racing fascinator or hat! It’s time to get planning, shopping and buying. Finding the that perfect hair accessory to complement an outfit or the vibe of the event you’re attending isn't always the easiest process. Style Magazines to the rescue! We've gathered together the best places to buy fascinators and hats for 2015 spring racing season in Brisbane.
Whether you’re looking for striking headwear pieces, subtle hair accessories or fancy fascinators in Brisbane, you’re sure to find something fabulous at one of these 15 locations.
1. The House Of Windsor
More like the house of quirky! If you’re after that “wow” factor, these guys have ready-made and custom-made hats and headpieces topped with extravagant colourful and textural adornments, including one with a rainbow lorikeet in full flight!
Price range: $125 to $960
2. Hat Box, Brisbane CBD
Each milliner has their own distinctive style and The Hat Box in the Brisbane Arcade has a wide range of exclusive original hats and fascinators by a select group of the finest milliners from Australia and abroad. If you have a good lead-time on your event, you can also request a custom-made hat, fascinator or headpiece.
Price range: $200 to $4505
3. Sentani Boutique, Fortitude Valley
Flattering and feminine, Sentani sell traditional statement fascinators, including ruffled spray, feather crystal and netted fascinators in a range of bright and monochrome looks.
Price range: $15 to $52
4. Little Red Dress, Hawthorne
The Little Red Dress boutique is the exclusive stockist of the Olga Berg range of racing headwear. The Australian range is renowned for its adventurous use of colour, beautiful embellishments and intricate textures. If you need some outfit inspiration, check out the suggestions on their Facebook page.
Price range: $39.95 to $149
5. Christie Millinery, Online
This luxury headwear millinery service offers stunning and unique designs in headpieces, hats, headbands and veils, some of which have been worn by royalty, so you know you’ll look and feel fancy wearing one. All pieces are made to order and take three weeks to make and dispatch, so make sure you plan ahead for these pretties.
Christie Millinery is also hosting a pop up store on James Street during October, 2015. You can find the store next to The Molten Store.
Price range: $330 to $1978
6. Jar Millinery, Online
If you’re a bit of a crazy hatter and crave a creative design that’s unique to your race day look, Jar Millinery will custom-make a fascinator or hat to suit your needs. If you’re after some inspiration before you get started, their website displays their award-winning designs, as well as ready-made samples for sale and budget race day options. And not only is Jar Millinery’s owner Kate McKell a milliner, she is also a hairdresser and offers some very helpful hair tips to ensure you look fab all day!
Price range: $50 to POA
7. Joli Boutique, Ascot
Joli Boutique carries a wide selection of race wear and accessories, with simple, elegant adornments. But don’t be discouraged if you can’t find that “perfect” piece; they also have an in-store milliner who creates “one of a kind” headwear to match any outfit or style.
Price range: $70 to $350
8. Fascinators By Nuccia, Online
From tulle, feathers and netting to florals and metallic mesh, Nuccia’s fascinators are sure to turn heads come race day. Handcrafted by Nuccia herself, she ensures no two fascinators are alike; all are superbly finished to look unique from all angles.
Price range: $72 to $395
9. Felicity Boevink Millinery, Online
Currently stocked at Alla Moda Boutique, Brisbane milliner Felicity Boevink’s unique couture creations feature mini magenta berets, golden winged headpieces and fascinators adorned with vintage silk roses. Until October 31 2015, you can also arrange to have your entire spring racing look styled by Felicity Boevink and the Alla Moda team by contacting the boutique.
Price range: $300 to $550
10. Ascot Hats, Ascot
Ascot Hats is run by leading Brisbane milliner Pamela Cameron. She has a fashion-forward focus with all of her hats, fascinators and headpieces. Each design is a one-off and they’re frequently entered into fashion on the field competitions.
Price range: $220 to $900
11. Mekoe Accessories, Brisbane DFO
Factory outlets are a great place to find race day accessories, often at a fraction of the cost, which means you have more money to spend on shoes. Win! Mekoe Accessories specialise in brightly-coloured fascinators, hats and accessories, and the staff love helping you colour-coordinate with your outfit ideas.
Price range: $20 to $170
12. Forever Fascinators, North Lakes (Online)
With nothing over $100, you’re sure to find something to suit your outfit and event without breaking the bank! You can always spend the money you “saved” on a sneaky flutter on the fillies.
Price range: $14.99 to $99
13. Fashion Fascinators, Online
Fashion Fascinators focus on sophisticated, stunning, classy and creative headwear pieces that can be used not only for racing season, but also weddings and cocktail events.
Price range: $70 to $150
14. Department stores
Don’t want to hunt around town? Get your shoes, clutch, dress and fascinator in one go and breathe a sigh of relief. Ahhh, department stores!
15. Accessory stores
For those on a bit of a budget, attending a casual event or staying in the office boardroom to watch the Melbourne Cup, Colette, Lovisa and Adorne all have stylish headbands, hair accessories and fascinators in a range of colours and styles.
And once you've scoured the perfect piece of race headwear, check out our ultimate list of Melbourne Cup events in Brisbane to show it off. You'll be fending off compliments left, right and centre!
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