The Best Melbourne Cup Hair Accessories in 2023

melbourne cup hair accessories

Anyone else got a good dose of racing fever this year? After the last few years of restrictions, we cannot wait to celebrate Melbourne Cup 2023 trackside again. This year's festival will be held on Tuesday November 7 2023 and we're already thinking about our Melbourne Cup hair accessories. Swoon! Keep reading to find out our top 6 favourites.

Melbourne Cup Hair Ideas 

We’re here to help give you some inspo for Melbourne Cup worthy hairstyles! The best part of wearing a hair accessory though is that it actually means you don’t have to do much to your hair at all as eyes are drawn to the accessories. 

Nevertheless, here’s some styles we’ll be trying this year: 

  • Voluminous ponytail: Lightly curl your hair and scoop together into a low or medium height ponytail depending on your hair accessories. Remember to always try your headband on first so you can position your hairstyle at the right height. 
  • Messy braid: There’s nothing like a braid to give a little nod to horse racing. Keep it stylish with some wispy fly-away edges and a beautiful fascinator to finish the look. 
  • Glam bun: The easiest way to do this is with an inexpensive donut bun mould. Curl your hair lightly and mould around the donut shape. Glam has never been so easy!


The general rule when it comes to millinery is to wear it on the right side of your head. However, do what works and looks best for you! 

1. Irena Sinamay Fan Headpiece

irena headpiece

Irena is our go-to if you’re looking for a subtle hair accessory for Melbourne Cup. Maybe you’re not going trackside, but you still want to get a little dressed up (and why shouldn’t you!) Featuring pleated, circular motifs artfully arranged on two narrow headbands, our Irena headband is easy to wear and ensures perfect positioning every time.

Features of Irena Headpiece: 

  • Handmade in Melbourne, Australia
  • From abaca woven fabric 
  • Navy blue 
  • Headband style 

2. Lolita Flower Headband

lolita headband

The Lolita is our pick for anyone looking for a look at me now headpiece for Melbourne Cup 2023. A feminine take on the padded headband trend, the LOLITA is the perfect headpiece to complement just about any look. The rich velvet covered headband is slightly padded and dotted with enamel painted metal flowers making it the perfect piece to instantly elevate your look.

Features of Lolita Headband: 

  • Padded headband
  • Cotton Velvet
  • Blush and Red Enamel Flowers
  • Rosy red 

3. Etta Beaded Pom Pom Crown

etta pom pom crown

Fancy some fun? Just add pom poms to your look! The Etta Pom Pom Crown is the cutest in town with pom poms of georgette and strands of champagne coloured beads added to boost this piece's luxe factor. Soft and sparkly, this headpiece is perfect for a ladies' day at the races.

Features of Etta Headband: 

  • Georgette Pom Poms
  • Handbeaded with crystals
  • Thin ribbon wrapped headband
  • Soft blush pink 

4. Anika Boater Hat

anika boater

The ANIKA Lace Trimmed Boater can be dressed up or down. Perfect for a Sunday session in the sun or a day at the races. The lace is embellished with matching beads which add a touch of texture and interest.

Features of Anika Hat:

  • Natural Straw Boater
  • Adjustable
  • Cotton Lace Trim
  • Handbeaded

5. Iris Headband

iris headband

After something really subtle for this year's Melbourne Cup? Try our Iris Headband.The IRIS Beaded Leaf Headband has a modern retro feel. It sits close to the head but is no less dramatic. The perfect addition for a cocktail party or for a day at the races. It's attached to a thin metal headband, making it easy to position and comfortable to wear. 

Features of Iris Headband:

  • Hand embellished leaves
  • Black and Clear Crystal accents
  • Fine metal headband
  • Gold Tone Hardware

6. Cosette Mesh Trimmed Button


An artful combination of metal mesh and sinamay, the Costette Mesh Trimmed Button is a fun yet refined way to finish off your race day looks. Featuring hand twisted sinamay loops, with a mesh trim for a little sparkle, attached to a simple button on a headband, for perfect positioning and ease of wear.

Features of Cosette Button: 

  • Sinamay & metal mesh
  • Thin satin wrapped headband
  • Handmade & designed in Melbourne

There’s no better place in Australia than Olga Berg for all your Melbourne Cup accessories. When you shop with us, you can enjoy free delivery Australia-wide on orders from just $50 and over. Make sure your millinery arrives in time by placing your order by the 20th October. 

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