Your Melbourne Cup Hair Fashion Guide

There’s no doubt that Melbourne Cup is the race that stops the nation, and while all eyes are on the winner, the fashion is what draws most people. The fascinators, the dresses, the hair!

Although some restrictions are still in place, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate safely at home with friends and family.

The perfect fashion combination is essential for a winning Race Day look, so we’ve got your ultimate Melbourne Cup hair fashion guide to keep you gorgeous.

For the best Race Day fashion and hair combos, read on!

Safety – But Make It Fashionable!

It’s been a long year for most Australians, and while Melbourne is still encountering some social restrictions, we don’t know yet if people will be allowed on course for Race Day.

This makes Fashions on the Field a bit tricky, but if punters are allowed on course, we imagine face masks will be necessary for social safety. But if you think a mask will ruin your outfit, think again!

Decorative masks will be a go-to this year, matching outfits with bright colours and fabrics. Think rhinestones, floral patterns, and metallic, shiny material for that extra oomph!

If you need some inspiration, we like these options on Pretty Little Thing.

Eye-Catching Fascinators

Fascinators are an ESSENTIAL Melbourne Cup hair fashion item, helping your look stand out from the crowd, but they can be hard to choose.

The idea is to balance your fascinator with your hair, with neither overpowering the other for attention. Depending on the size of the fascinator and placement, your hair will need to complement the style.

For example, if wearing a fascinator tilted to one side, you still have room for cascading, beautiful curls on the other. For inspiration, see our hat and hair combo.

Accessories – Think Outside The Box

While fascinators are a long-held Melbourne Cup fashion tradition, there are other hair accessories like headbands, crowns, and clips for those wanting something a little more unique.

Decorative headbands are a huge trend this year and are the perfect hair accessory for a minimal yet elegant look. For inspiration, we’ve used this pearl embellished headband with soft waves for this glamourous style.

Minimalist Hair Fashion

If you’re celebrating Melbourne Cup at home, a fascinator maybe a little over the top for champers with friends. Polished, minimalist glam will be key for those watching at home, so to elevate your look, we recommend simple, chic hair styling.

Beach waves are a huge trend this year, but to make them Race Day friendly, use embellished clips to hold back your waves on one side. Or for something a bit sleeker, try the pin-straight trend with hair swept back over the shoulders.

We recommend using a GHD for this look combined with Colour Wow Dreamcoat Spray for shiny, high-gloss lengths that are sure to catch attention.

Melbourne Cup is one of the most famous races, and thanks to easing restrictions, most Australians can celebrate safely at home with small gatherings. While the number of people allowed on course is still up for debate, you can still bring your best Race Day hair fashion and show off your own way.

Will you be watching the race this year?

Let us know what you think of Melbourne Cup restrictions. Or, for more hair tips, read our other posts here.

Cheat your way to perfect Race Day hair.

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