Spring Racing Headwear

The spring racing carnival in Melbourne is well and truly underway and the exciting final week at Flemington starts this Saturday with Derby Day.

The traditional colour to wear on Derby Day is Black & White. So while I was considering my outfit I was searching online for an appropriate headpiece. Much to my knitting delight I found these gorgeous Chanel Veiled Beanies.


My daughter insisted that I could not possibly wear one of these to the races... but she is wrong! Although the Dress code from the Victorian Racing Committee is fairly strict, there are no restrictions on women wearing Beanies in the Members Enclosure. (Blokes are not allowed to wear them).

I thought I could use Chanel as my inspiration (as my budget does not quite stretch to designer knit beanies) and create one myself. Melbourne's weather is notoriously unpredictable and if the forecast was for a wintery day it would be perfect. One week out and the weather was going to be 29c degrees. So I decided it would look kind of ridiculous wearing a wool beanie in searing heat.

Still - I think I'm going to give it shot and make one regardless. Who knows what other fancy hat wearing occasion may crop up on the calendar?