Hats for horse racing season

In need of some outfit inspiration for The Derby, Royal Ascot or Glorious Goodwood? We take a look at some of the best hats for the summer racing season...

Whether you are heading to the Investec Derby, Royal Ascot or Glorious Goodwood, picking a fabulous hat for the occasion can be one of the most exciting parts of race day preparation.

The Dress Code at each race meet varies and for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot your hat must have a base that measures at least 4 inches. Other Enclosures allow more delicate fascinators and the same can be said for the likes of different venues. For example, Glorious Goodwood is less strict.

We have selected some of our favourite creations for this summer’s racing season, to give you some hat inspiration when planning your outfit…

With its summer colours, we love this design by Vivien Sheriff, which is available to hire from The Hat Club. The Hat Club is a hot favourite for race-goers and it has an incredible selection of head pieces available.


The sophisticated designs of Juliette Botterill have been worn by Zara Tindall, Lady Gabriella Windsor and Princess Eugenie.

The styles are very popular with many other celebrities too.  juliettemillinery.co.uk

Rachel Black Millinery has a collection of stunning headpieces.Many of the styles are suitable for the Royal Enclosure at Ascot. www.rachelblackmillinery.com

Jane Taylor has some incredible hats that are really unique. www.janetaylorlondon.com

John Lewis are stocking a range of impressive accessories, including this Vixen Millinery hat.


Watch Sloaney Season TV for more inspiration…

Plan a day at the races with the help of the Sloaney Season calendar

The Dress Code for Royal Ascot

The lowdown on Glorious Goodwood