For as long as there have been races, the hat has been an iconic accessory to racing attire.
Predominantly worn by women, hats are becoming a growing trend among male race-goers, and there has been no compromise on style.
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Owner of Sydney’s Strand Hatters, Robert Carroll, who has been creating men’s and women’s hats for 23 years, has noticed the change in men’s racing style.
"I think a hat adds a lot. It tops off a man’s racing outfit," Mr Carroll said.
"The classic Fedora is what's really popular at the races this year,” Mr Carroll said.
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“There used to be the smaller brim but now the brims are getting a little bit wider."
The 'Indiana Jones' look has been popular of late, and Mr Carroll recommended a Fedora as the easiest way to achieve the style.
"Semi-porkpies or cigar crease is your classic Fedora, the Indiana Jones look. Usually the brim goes up at the back as opposed to down so that it's a little bit dressier and a little bit more 'races' than 'Indiana'."
For a modern look with a classic edge, Mr Carroll suggested a trilby, which he said had also been a popular choice for men – especially as an addition to their Spring Racing Carnival attire.
"People are wearing them quite forward and others are wearing them quite backward - like the Rat Pack,” he said.
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"The other thing is [men] love accessories - so hats, braces, bowties, cufflinks, ties… Hats are a big part of that, and they have been for decades."
Milliner and owner of Embellish Atelier in Sydney, Catherine Kelly, said for women, larger-style hats were expected to make a comeback.
“People have done a few years of wearing fascinators and they now feel braver to wear bigger headpieces,” she said.
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“They are feeling very encouraged to wear hats because they’re really flattering. People really notice when you wear a flat-brim hat.”
In the case of race wear, there is an eclectic mix this season, with everything from pastels to bold colour-blocking and the usual black and white combinations.
But are hats really necessary to complete a race look?
“What you’re looking for in an outfit is the whole design, the unity and harmony and I think that the hat can be used to create balance and line and proportion and all those things that you need if you’re going to have a perfectly balanced and harmonious outfit,” Ms Kelly said.
“A hat is the crowning glory.”
Ms Kelly recommended ladies splurged on a custom hat, professionally made.
“You can get hats online but you’re not going to get that same attention to detail that you would in a couture hat,” she said.
“A good-quality hat makes you look a million dollars.”
For those planning to enter fashions on the field, Mr Carroll said sticking to Australian designers was the best bet.