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 2016.

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

the iconic fascinator - edited


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 (3 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

Tita Crown
Godess Crown
Matea Crown

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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 Grecian Leaf Headband With Pearl
David Jones
Morgan & Taylor Satin Covered Beret Loops And Vei...
David Jones
Tulle Flower On Hband
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 1-4 business days. Order your express shipped parcel at least 6 business days before Melbourne Cup to be safe.
  • Want to save? Get ASOS promo codes here.

Headwear from ASOS

Wedding Vintage Jewel Mesh Headband
River Island Diamante Drop Detail Hair Band
Pieces Chain Drape Head Harness

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4. 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

Amber Leaf Hair Crown
Rebecca Multi Layered Hair Clip
Paige Floral Detail Headband Crown

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5. 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 to 2-7 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

Leaf It Hair Piece in Gold
Feeling Feline Headband in White Lace
Pick Me Hair Piece in Black

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6. 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 1-3 business days. Try to order at least 4 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

Leaf Pearl Unstructured Headband
Flower Hair Pin
Lurex Trim Headband

Spring Racing fascinators FAQs

Where can you buy a fascinator quickly?

If you're running out of time to buy a fascinator for the races, get thee to The Iconic. For $10, they'll deliver your purchase within three hours (to Sydney and Melbourne metro areas), and by the next day for everyone else. Sydney customers can also enjoy David Jones' same day delivery option.

How much should a fascinator cost?

Unless you're going super cheap, you can expect to pay upwards of $60–$70 for a fascinator. Some of the higher quality fascinators stocked at David Jones are priced above $160–$240 range.

Where can I buy a cheap fascinator?

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.

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What fascinators are the celebrities wearing?

When in doubt, look to see what the celebs are sporting.

spring racing fascinators - Rebecca Judd

Channel 9 presenter Rebecca Judd went for a sky high gold crown at the 2014 Caulfield Cup.

She paired the fascinator, designed by Suzy O'Rourke Millinery and stocked at David Jones, with a bright red-pink Victoria Beckham dress.

Spring racing fascinators - Jessica Gomes

Model and David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes blew off all traditions are wore a straw boater by Suzy O'Rourke.

She continued on the South of France theme with a playful red and white striped Scanlan and Theodore dress.

Spring racing fascinators - Montana Cox

Model Montana Cox (remember her from Cycle 7 of Australia's Next Top Model?) channeled the Statue of Liberty with her silver crown fascinator, also by Suzy O'Rouke (are you getting a theme here?).

And what else can you match a crown with than with a metallic, structured dress and gunmetal shoes?

spring racing fascinators - Laura Dundovic

Model Laura Dundovic went for structural feathers at the Spring Champion Stakes Day.

She paired it with a sport luxe By Johnny dress. Get your own By Jonny dress at The Iconic.

Spring racing fascinators - Nikki Phillips and Jodi Gordon

Model / TV presenter Nikki Phillips went for a structural floral (I think it's floral) fascinator, while actress Jodi Gordon went for a soft and feminine flower crown.

Both are wearing By Johnny dresses. Are you sensing another theme here? Nikki Phillip's headpiece is by Natalie Bikicki, and Jodi Gordon's is by Viktoria Novak

Spring racing fascinators - Nicole Warne

Uber fashion blogger Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Vintage goes fun and playful with her Viktoria Novak fascinator.

She wore it with a low backed Manning Cartel dress, and looked like her usual flawless self.

All images courtesy of Instagram.

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


15% off Race Day dresses

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15% off for students

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Free Shipping on all orders over $50

Receive free shipping on all orders over $50 at Pretty Little Thing.

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Shop the Sportscraft sale

Check out the sale section of Sportscraft for deals and bargains

Shop for women’s online exclusives

Check out Ted Baker’s online exclusives for women

Save 10% on your order

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Free Overnight Shipping over AUD $50

Get free shipping when you spend over $50 at The Iconic.

Up to 50% off in the sale

Save up to 50% off in the sale section at THE ICONIC. Stock is limited.

Free Shipping on all orders over $50

Receive free shipping on all orders over $50 at Pretty Little Thing.

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Up to 70% off sale

Get up to 70% off with the fInal clearance at ASOS

10% off student discount

Students can get 10% off any purchase at ASOS.

Free shipping to Australia

Get free shipping on orders over $40 to Australia at ASOS.

Up to 75% off clearance items

Shop Boohoo's clearance section and save up to 75% on the regular price.

30% OFF Boot Collection

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

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Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at finder.com.au with 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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