spring racing fascinators

The best fancy fascinators to buy online for the Melbourne Cup and Spring Racing

The best websites to buy fascinators online for the Spring Racing carnival August 2018.

Spring racing fashion demands you wear a fascinator (or some other fancy head-topper) as part of your outfit. Big, small, lacy, structural, expensive, or cheap, it doesn't matter – as long as there's something on your head.

The tradition of wearing fascinators to fancy occasions dates back to Marie Antoinette, the ill-fated queen of France. These days, fascinators are often worn on occasions where a hat would have once been traditional: weddings, funerals, and – of course – the races.

Like all things fashion, certain styles and trends wax and wane. Fascinator trends for 2016 are all about structure with a hint of quirkiness: remember that time Montana Cox wore this crown at the 2014 Caulfield Cup. That being said, fashions tend to be a little more closely followed by punters descending on the members stands of Royal Randwick Racecourse (Sydney) or Flemington Racecourse (Melbourne), or anyone entering Fashions on the Field. For everyone else, a simple flower in your hair is enough to turn a dress into a Spring Races outfit.

Where are the best places to buy fascinators online?

Spring Racing fascinators and headpieces you can buy now

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THE ICONIC is a mecca for Spring Racing fashion. Along with an array of stunning dresses, THE ICONIC also has a great selection of fascinators, head-pieces and hair accessories.

  • Order by: Monday 31 October (Three-hour delivery to Sydney metro only) to arrive in time for the Melbourne Cup
  • Want to save money? Check out our THE ICONIC sale page.

Headwear from THE ICONIC

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2. David Jones

David Jones is one of Australia's long-time favourite places to shop for Spring Racing fashion. With one of the largest selections of fascinators, there's something to suit everyone.

Headwear from David Jones

Gregory Ladner Embroidered Flower Headband
Gregory Ladner Embroidered Flower Headband

David Jones

Gregory Ladner Abaca Loops On Headband
Gregory Ladner Abaca Loops On Headband

David Jones

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ASOS is at the forefront of high street fashion with hundreds of styles and new pieces added every week. When it comes to Spring Racing fashion, ASOS has loads of headpieces and fascinators to choose from.

  • Order by: ASOS can deliver to metro areas within two business days if you pay for the express shipping option. It's important to keep in mind that ASOS rarely dispatches on the same day. During busy periods, ASOS may not dispatch your order for one to four business days. Order your express shipped parcel at least six business days before Melbourne Cup to be safe.
  • Want to save? Get ASOS promo codes here.

Headwear from ASOS

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4. Seed Heritage

Seed Heritage is one of Australia's favourite high street store. Seed has a strong point of view but also aims to keep its designs timeless, practical and wearable.

  • Order by: Seed Heritage delivery times are a bit longer than you're used to, five to seven business days. If you're in a metro area you could probably shave off a few days but we recommend ordering at least seven business days in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Want to save? Check out our latest Seed Heritage sales and discount codes.

Headwear from Seed Heritage

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5. Etsy

Etsy is a global marketplace for unique and artisan pieces that you're not going to find in any store. If you're looking for something a little bit special this Spring Racing season, it's worth visiting Etsy to see if you can find something unique to you.

  • Order by: Etsy is a marketplace for individual sellers and each individual seller will have their own shipping and delivery times. Read the shipping carefully before you commit to your purchase
  • Want to save? Head to Etsy now to see what deals are available online.

Headwear from Etsy

Rose Gold leather flower fascinator headpiece headband
Rose Gold leather flower fascinator headpiece headband


Black Leaf Leather Look Headpiece / Fascinator
Black Leaf Leather Look Headpiece / Fascinator


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6. Forever New

Forever new is a clothing producer and retailer for women. It designs fresh, on-trend and feminine pieces that are inspired by the latest styles in popular culture and are perfect for your Spring Racing look this year.

  • Free Shipping. Simply spend over $50 at Forever New to receive free shipping on your order.
  • Want to save? Check out our Forever New promo codes to bag yourself a bargain.

Headwear from Etsy

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7. Boohoo

Boohoo is the home of affordable fashion. If you're looking for style savvy pieces to top off your Spring Racing outfit, Boohoo should be on your radar.

  • Delivery: It takes up to 4 business days for express orders from Boohoo to arrive, so try to order by Wednesday 26 October to be safe.
  • Want to save? Get up to 40% off Boohoo here.

Headwear from Boohoo

Ivy Embellished Floral Elasticated Hair Chain
Ivy Embellished Floral Elasticated Hair Chain


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8. Showpo

For fresh and feminine fashion Showpo is the store to shop. This season Showpo has introduced a classic and affordable range of Spring Racing pieces that will make you the belle of the ball.

  • Delivery: Showpo offers free express shipping for orders over $50. It typically will arrive the next business day if you live in a metro area. For rural areas, it can take up from two to seven business days. If you live outside of a main city make sure you order at least a week in advance to make sure you receive your pieces in time.
  • Want to save? Head to our Showpo sales and discounts page to see what deals are available.

Headwear from Showpo

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9. Colette by Colette Hayman

If you're looking for affordable accessories, Colette by Colette Hayman is usually the first store people think of. It has a huge range of all the prettiest and sparkliest pieces, plus it has a stack of great head pieces for Spring Racing season.

  • Delivery: Colette by Colette Hayman offers a standard shipping option that takes two to seven business days or an express shipping option that takes one to four business days. Orders outside Australia will take longer.
  • Want to save? Head to our Colette Hayman sales and discounts page to see what deals are available.

Headwear from Colette by Colette Hayman

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10. Portmans

Portmans is known for its classic dresses that work harder for you than any other piece you'll ever buy. Buy now and wear forever, Portmans has a stunning range of Spring Racing dresses you can wear again and again.

  • Delivery: Portmans has an express delivery service that takes one to three business days. Try to order at least four business days in advance to be safe. Portmans also has a Click and Collect option.
  • Want to save? Head over to our Portmans sale page for all the discounts and codes that are currently working.

Headwear from Portmans

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11. Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer is one of the UK's most loved stores because it offers a large range of high quality items at reasonable prices. If you're looking for something slightly more traditional to wear to the races this year, head to Marks & Spencer to see its range of classic hats and fascinators.

  • Delivery: Marks & Spencer offers free standard delivery for orders over $100 - this option takes eight to ten business days. The store also offers free express delivery for orders over $200 and this option takes four to six days.
  • Want to save? Before you buy, make sure you check out the current sales at Marks & Spencer.

Headwear from Marks & Spencer

Read more about Spring Racing

Stores such as Equip, Lovisa, and Diva are great places to go for fascinators that cost approximately between $20 and $40. Have a look in your local Vinnies as well, as you never know what you might find. Clip on flowers make a great cheap fascinator. You can always look on Amazon, eBay or Etsy for cheap fascinators

Get a great deal this Spring Racing season with one of these coupon codes:

Sportscraft Sportscraft

Shop the Sportscraft sale

Check out the sale section of Sportscraft for deals and bargains

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Save 10% on your order

Sign up to the Amaroso Boutique newsletter to receive 10% off.

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FREE shipping on orders over $50

Enjoy FREE shipping when you spend $50 or more at THE ICONIC. T&Cs apply.

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10% off student discount + more perks: Limited time only

Students can get 10% off any purchase and enjoy more perks at ASOS. Valid for a limited time only. T&Cs apply.

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City Chic City Chic

30% OFF Boot Collection

Get 30% off on boot collection by winter at City Chic.

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Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is the Editor of the Shopping section at finder. She has a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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