Hats in the ring at Orange Picnic Races

SIZE does matter when it comes to picking a fascinator or hat for Orange picnic races on Saturday.

With $3000 in prizes up for grabs at fashions on the fields milliner Fiona Schofield said there are many things to consider when picking your head’s race-day attire.

“Race day fashion is all about the hat so don’t scrimp on it, buy the best hat you can afford,” she said.

“It’s lovely when you see a nice hat on someone who’s done up.

“There are lots of bright pinks and oranges, I’ve done hardly any blacks which is a first.”

The other choice for women is to decide between a hat or fascinator and with a hot 35 degrees predicted on Saturday a hat with a brim is a definite winner.

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There are some no-nos when picking your race day hat or fascinator according to Ms Schofield.

“It’s one thing to want a certain look but if it doesn’t suit you it just looks ridiculous,” she said.

“Don’t wear it on the back of your head like a halo, you just look silly.”

Orange picnic races fashion spotter Emma Llewelyn expects this year’s best dressed man and woman and best hat competitions to be hotly contested.

“We’re looking for a complete head to toe style,” she said.

Hot race fashion dresses for women can include bright fresh fun floral or bright graphic prints or soft feminine pastels.

Mrs Llewelyn said men’s styling is just as important with fashion spotters on the lookout for men with a classic summer light-coloured suit that is well fitting.

“There’s room for originality like a pocket square [handkerchief],” she said.

Orange picnic races is at Towac Park from noon on Saturday.

Tickets are available on the gate for $20, children under 14 years are free.

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