Top off your look this Racing Season with the Perfect Headpiece

Melinda Wallace, affectionately known as Flora Fascinata, is sharing her passion and knowledge in the lead up to Spring Racing with Brisbane fashionistas who are wanting to make an impact on race day. She's holding a course dedicated to race day fashion at an upcoming workshop at Bright Learning, Teneriffe.

Ms. Wallace says there are many details that go into pulling together a unique and stylish race day outfit but that it doesn't have to be costly to get THE look you're after.

"A fascinator or headpiece can really top off you race day look," Ms Wallace said.

"Of course you can buy something but I also encourage women to try their hand at making their headpiece," she said.


"Following a few seasonal and style tips, combined with the right materials, you really can make a statement!"

Whether you're looking to buy or make your headpiece, Ms Wallace suggests the following tips:

Buying a headpiece

  1. 1. An oversized flower is a great piece that tends to look good on anyone. If this year is the first time you're trying a headpiece, this could be a good option.
  2. 2. Choose pieces that have a structured design, and some height. These elements really help in crafting your overall look.
  3. 3. Consider how and when you'll be wearing it. Do you want something that only complements one outfit and really makes people go 'wow' or would you like something more versatile?
  4. 4. Traditionally your headpiece or fascinator should sit to the right of your face, so keep that in mind when trying pieces on. But, if you hairline doesn't suit the right-hand side placement, it's ok to position the piece differently.
  5. 5. Ask a milliner or seamstress to adjust your headpiece to suit you (if it's possible). That way you have ensured the perfect fit.

Making a headpiece

  • Planning is key. Think about the styles you like and also the occasions or race days you're attending so that you know what materials you'll need.
  • Leather, vinyl, furs, felts, feather and fabric are fantastic for creating a lovely headpiece for the cooler months.
  • Straw based materials, colourful fabrics and feathers are great for your Spring and Summer looks.
  • Try on pieces that you like and want to attempt.
  • Seek advice and/or take a course to learn more.

For those wanting to try their hand and make their own piece, Bright Learning is offering a 'Make Your Own Fascinator' course in the lead up to Melbourne Cup. Melinda Wallace, aka Flora Fascinata, is running the course on 12 October 2013.

In just a couple of hours, participants can walk away with a unique piece that is sure to make them stand out from the crowd!

Time poor? Not to worry, this course is only 2.5 hours, so it's perfect for busy fashionistas.

To find out more about what's on offer from Bright Learning, visit their website at

Words: Bridget Heinemann