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 Spring has arrived, the weather is gorgeous and that can only mean one thing – yes its Spring Carnival and a great excuse to wear a hat and frock up.


There is always something special about wearing a hat, it makes you feel a million dollars.  Team it with a great outfit and you feel on top of the world.  So how do you choose a great hat and outfit combination?  Our number one tip is to select styles and colours that enhance you and work for your body line.  It’s how you look good and feel amazing!


When it comes to hat styles, there is one to suit everyone.  It’s all about finding the right style that gives you proportion and balance.  Often it is a matter of trying on a few hat styles to find what you like so don’t be shy about trying on more than one hat style.  Sometimes it is the hat you least expect that looks the best on you.  As this is the Spring Carnival season we recommend hats made of straw, silk and light materials to compliment your spring outfit.


For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small or proportioned brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.


The colour of your hat also has a great impact on the way you look as it is worn close to your face.  There are so many beautiful colours so pick one in your best colours that will make you come alive.  A plain black hat, for example can be ageing if black is not one of your best colours.


Remember to coordinate your hat and outfit so they complement each other.  Think about the styles and colours of your hat, outfit, shoes and handbag in advance and avoid the temptation to introduce too many colours or design elements.  Less is more.


If your hat is your focal point then let it make a statement and keep your outfit simple.  Try selecting an outfit in a solid colour and adding a fabulous hat in a great colour along with shoes and a handbag.  The opposite applies if your race day dress is the focal point and if you keep your accessories simple it is much easier to match them to your outfit.


Don’t forget that race day wear is day wear, so no shiny fabric miniskirts or excess flesh.  A bit racing fashion faux pas is to wear skimpy evening dresses and expose too much skin.


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Hats come in all forms and there is a hat style for everyone, you just need to know what you are looking for and what suits you.  Like all clothes and accessories, it has to work with the rest of your outfit to look good.  Before you buy a hat consider:

What you are going to wear it with.  Will the colour and style go with the clothes in your wardrobe?  Can you wear it with more than one outfit? Where are you going to wear it?  If it is for everyday wear, keep it simple.  This way it is easy to wear with different tops, pants and dresses.  If it is for a special occasion then have an outfit in mind or at least the colours that will match.  Whether you buy the hat to match the outfit or the outfit to match the hat, check the colours and styles complement each other. Is it appropriate for the occasion you plan to wear it?  Does it suit your lifestyle and dress personality?

If you are going to invest in a hat you want to get wear out of it.  Look at the colours in your wardrobe and chose a hat in one of the colours you wear most often.  Like all clothes and accessories, if you don’t love it, don’t buy it.

Think about the image you want to project when wearing the hat.  Dress personality will pay a large part in your decision process; just make sure you feel comfortable when wearing the hat.  The right hat will make you feel a million dollars when wearing it.

Try on more than one hat.  Often you need to try on different styles to find the best one for you.  Experiment with a few styles and try them on at different angles.  You may be surprised at what looks good on you.

Make sure the hat fits.  If it is too small or big you won’t wear it.

Keep your hat in proportion to you.  For those who are not blessed with much height, look for close fitting hats with shallow crowns and small brims that draw attention upward to your face.  Avoid deep or high crowns and stay away from big, full brimmed hats as they tend to overwhelm you.  For those who are more full figured, look for hats with irregular brims that draw the eye up and give you balance.

A hat expresses you.  It is your message to the world and reflects your mood and image.  Look for hats that enhance who you are, not what you aren’t.

See our Photo Gallery for ideas on how to wear hats.

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The Fall/Winter 2013/2014 fashion shows have given us plenty to think about.  The trends on the runways were varied with Giorgio Armani’s chic and elegance to Alexander McQueen’s Elizabethan styles and funky tartans by Junya Watanabe.  What we love is that so many designers used hats and headpieces to complete their collections.

We have put together some of our favorite styles on Pinterest.  Have a look and let us know which styles are your favourite.


This season has given us plenty of colour choices. For some collections the colours seem a lot more muted and neutral with greys, soft blues, black, browns and white but we are still seeing reds, bright blues, greens, pinks and gold.

Prints and Patterns

Prints and patterns play a big part this season with animal prints, checks, floral, tartans, tweeds, rich brocades, sequins and textures used.  There is a mixture of bold and bright patterns and more neutral colours in the checks, plaids and tartans.

While prints were often layered together to create maximum impact, you can make this look work by selecting one print as your staple piece.  There are some beautiful coats and jackets to choose from.

Fur was also incorporated into many of the collections from hats, to trims on jackets, dresses and coats.  Other designers used them as wraps and in place of scarves.

For textures this season think fur, leather, sequins, beading and metallic shine.


The military style is back and includes coats, jackets, pants and capes.  Many of the coat styles are oversize and boxy with large lapels or capes.

The classic coat style was popular.  We love the simple dress styles with gorgeous textures and patterns of Collette Dinnigan and Dolce and Gabbana, along with the pant and top options of Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior.

The skirt suit also featured with strong and feminine lines, textured and edgy jackets.


The pointy toed shoes are back from pumps to boots to flats.  Expect to see a lot of boots!

Hats, one of our favourite accessories this season, were seen in many of the collections, including Emporio Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauran and Junya Watanabe.  There were lots of berets, knitted beanies or caps, felt hats, fur hats, sailor caps, cloches, head wraps and floppy fedora styles. This season, don’t restrict hat wear to the races, try wearing a beret, cloche, knit or felt hat to give your look the added wow factor or add chic to your street wear.

Handbags and clutches were much more slim and structured.  They are smaller and more proportioned and handheld rather than over the shoulder.  Gone are the big and bold looks from summer.

Image sourced from (Giorgio Armani Ready to Wear 2013)

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This week Jockey TV visited a top professional football club, Leeds United, with young apprentice jockey, George Chaloner. George is a graduate of Northern Racing College. He also won a highly prized sprint race, the Goodwood Stewards’ Sprint Stakes last August on Johannes at 22/1. George joined the football squad and demonstrated his footballing skills by scoring a few goals.  George was kitted out by the Leeds club and they also kindly donated a signed football for the Injured Jockeys Fund.

Jockey TV also interviewed Leeds football manager, Neil Warnock, who spoke about his affection for racing and respect for jockeys.

See the show plus photos of Izziana Image millinery at

Izziana Image is the proud sponsor of Jockey TV – the essence of what being involved in equine sport is all about. Izziana Image supports the fashion side of Jockey TV and writes articles for the Jockey TV blog.


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This season the hat has become the new fashion accessory to complete your look. The Spring/Summer season saw the likes of Georgia Armani, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood and Saint Laurent all using hats or headpieces in their collections.  It was inspiring to see that most fashion shows in New York, Paris and London had hats or headpieces and we hope the hat is here to stay!

While we are great believers you should choose styles that suit you over fashion trends, it is important not to get stuck in a style rut and wear the same hat over and over.  There are some fabulous hat styles to choose from at the moment so get inspired with some of this season’s hat trends.

The cloche continues to be a favourite.  It generally has a round crown, little or no brim and is worn well down on the forehead.  It is a very feminine style that is easy to wear with dresses, skirts and jackets. The cloche is one of those hat styles that suits most face shapes so next time you are not sure about what hat style to choose, try on a cloche.

The fedora or trilby styles are another popular choice and are great for males and females to give an edgy look.  It has a high indented crown with a brim.  The trilby generally has a shorter brim where the front is angled down and the fedora generally has a wider, more levelled brim.  Both styles can be worn with both jeans and pants so depending on the occasion, dress up or dress down with a fedora or trilby and look fabulous.

Top hats have become trendy and while they are not as widely worn as the fedora style, they make a great evening hat that can be worn by both males and females with pants or dresses.  As with all hats, keep the focus on the hat and the outfit simple so as not to overdo the top hat look.

The pill box was made famous by Jackie Kennedy Onassis.  It is a small round or square brimless hat.  It can be worn as a bridal piece, to the races, to cocktail parties or every day wear and we love it for its femineity.

The gaucho style was seen in the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer collection in beautiful colours.  They generally have a flat crown and brim.  The style works well with dresses, pants, skirts and jackets. Try one in a bright colour.

Berets never really seem to go out of style.  It is a soft, round hat with a flat crown that it best worn to one side of the head.  Its softness allows you to shape it the way you want.  They are perfect for the winter months to keep the head warm while still looking good.

These styles offer great versatility as they can be worn in both winter and summer, depending on the materials they are made out of. Choose felt and heavy materials for winter and straw and light materials for summer. The best thing about many of these hats is that you are not just restricted to wearing them to the races.  They can be worn to other social and sporting events to add that extra element to your outfit.

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We love going to the race, it is a great excuse to get dressed up and if you back a winner it is very exciting – but mostly we love the race day fashions and hats.

Hats make you feel special and the right hat and outfit makes you look amazing.  So how do you get the right hat?  Many people are afraid to wear hats and we believe this is because most of us are not shown how to select or wear hats.  When faced with the unknown, it is often easier to avoid rather than embrace.

How to embrace wearing hats

Hats like any accessory should work with you and your outfit.  Choose colours that compliment the colours of your outfit.  You want the tones to mix and match, not alienate each other.  Your hat and dress should look like a complete outfit. As hats are worn close to your face, choose one in your excellent colours.  An excellent colour makes you come to life when wearing it, reduces lines and wrinkles and makes you look younger – a winner every time! Dress personality plays a large part in whether a hat works for you or not.  Not everyone feels comfortable in a huge, dramatic hat.  If this is not you, choose a hat that fits with your personality but don’t be boring.  Remember this is your excuse to dress up and take your look to the next level. It’s also about proportion and balance.  A large hat on a petite person looks over whelming and a tiny hat on a tall person looks underwhelming.  Check that the hat gives you balance when on. Experiment with a few hat styles.  Try them on to see how they feel.  They often look different on than off and you may be surprised with the hat styles you love.  Try wearing them on different angles to see what works best for you.

Next time you go to the races, don’t avoid the hat.  Embrace it and step out in style!

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Last Thursday night saw the first Conscious Cup event.  It was a night of entertainment and race day fashion and we were blessed with gorgeous summer weather.  It was held at YOUENI in a beautiful setting, all organised by the amazing Judith from Cantor Direct

Brands included our beautiful handmade hats and headpieces (Izziana Millinery), stunning handmade jewellery by Shashen Jewels, Sseko sandals and handbags, fantastic heel protectors by Starlettos and gorgeous dresses from Bachhara. The lucky door prize was provided by Alkoomie Perfume.

Both Sseko and Buchhara help women in developing countries to generate an income for themselves and improve their lifestyle.  We encourage you to read their stories.

Those who attended enjoyed canapés from YOUENI, organic wine from Rosnay Organic and live performances by Sarah Humphreys and R O S ï E – both very talented musicians.

This was an excuse to shop guilt-free for Melbourne Cup while supporting a great cause.  Each of the participants donated part of their sales to their designated charity.

This year’s Melbourne Cup fashion has just become a little more conscious and we look forward to the next one.  If you missed out and are still looking for race day fashion ideas, you can purchase online from the Conscious Cup participants.

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