Brisbane Racing Carnival is nearly here and we’re tipping our hat to fashions on and off the field…

Forget the fascinators, this season felt fedoras will have heads turning, according to Westfield Carindale stylist, Leticia Gaskell.

“Hats, hats, hats! I’m loving the array of wide brim felt styles that are available at the moment. Myer have a brilliant selection in different sizes and colours. If you’re still wanting to go down the fascinator path, make sure you select a comfortable one that you can handle wearing for the full day,” she says.

With four major race days ahead, this year you can bet on structured silhouettes and longer hemlines.

“It’s all about feminine, classic and conservative pieces this race season,” Leticia says.

Dressing for Fashions on the Field will be fairly black and white with monochrome hues leading the pack, but Leticia says a pop of colour won’t go astray.

“If you’re not up to a bold colour dress, add a bright lip to your monochrome look, or why not try a bold pair of shades?” she says.

To complete the ensemble a closed-toe shoe and a large clutch bag is a must.

“Choose a clutch bag that is large enough to house your sunglasses, or your partner’s when no longer required. Just remember to only pack the bare basics into your handbag, so you’re not stuck carrying a heavy bag around all day.”

In keeping with the dress code, men should opt for a long-sleeved shirt, paired with a tailored suit in shades of navy or marine.

“If you want to add an element of casual ease to the ensemble, tuck a pair of Ray-Bans into your shirt collar instead of a bowtie, or pop a handkerchief in your blazer pocket. A bold pair of socks finishes off any suit neatly and adds a touch of personality,” she says.

When it comes to being race day ready, personality is what will set you apart from the rest.

“In the words of Myer’s current ambassador, Nicole Richie, ‘It’s all about self-expression while being comfortable.’”