Selecting a hat for the races can be a tricky task, even for the most seasoned fashionista.
But spring racing fashion is all about headwear and it is a treasured tradition of the Melbourne Cup carnival, which begins on Saturday.
So what are the sure-fire tips to ensure your hat makes the 'right' statement trackside?
"First and foremost you have to feel really comfortable. It has to be an extension of your personality," Melbourne milliner Kerrie Stanley advises.
"The best test is reading your reaction as soon as you put the hat on your head and look in the mirror.
"If you put it on and go 'oh, I'm not sure' then it's not for you," she says.
Stanley suggests trying on lots of different styles to get an idea of what will work for you.
"If you're really unsure, start with something simplistic like a little headband with some sculptured straw on it or some flowers," she said.
"Start small and then when you get to the races ... you can see that it's en masse and there is so much available."
Stanley whipped up her headpiece for Monday's Melbourne Cup carnival launch using plastic.
"This year you are seeing a little bit of plastic ... laser-cut fabrications (and) perspex," she says.
"I like to make my work wearable art but still have a classic feel to it."
If you are feeling daring and want to make a bold statement you could draw inspiration from London-based milliner Philip Treacy, who will again be visiting the carnival.
Perhaps Treacy's most famous piece was the hat he made for Princess Beatrice that she wore at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The hat, which had its own Facebook page and was subject to ridicule around the globe, made more than £80,000 ($A125,156) for charity when it sold on eBay.
When it comes to men's racewear, designer Dom Bagnato said hats were becoming more popular.
He recommends a trilby, as it suits varying heights and face shapes.
Pale suits, such as silver or natural tones, are on trend, coupled with strong shirt and tie combinations.
For women, the neon trend from last year continues, alongside digital prints and pretty pastels.
Fashion will hold an extra special place at this year's carnival, with Fashions on the Field celebrating its 50th year.
Australian star Nicole Kidman will be in the spotlight at Derby Day on Saturday, while everyone will be keen to see the ensemble worn by Sex and the City's Kim Cattrall on Oaks Day.
What are the sure-fire tips to ensure your hat makes the 'right' statement trackside? Photo: Angela Wylie