Last weekend, thousands gathered in Sussex for five thrilling days of races at the Qatar Goodwood Festival – more commonly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood.’

While the whole festival is action packed, the fashion that comes out of the weekend is what makes the event truly famous. Everyone is dressed to the nines with hats on their heads. From oversized hats to fruit-adorned fascinators, attendees of this year’s races held nothing back.

But, despite all of the glorious looks from the weekend, we believe Francesca Cumani, horse racing expert and presenter for ITV Racing, was among the best dressed. Why? Like fellow ITV presenter Charlotte Hawkins at Royal Ascot, she showed up to the races each day in something completely different from the day before. From the color of her dress to the shape of her hat, no look was the same and each one was more glorious than before.

Day One

Francesca Cumani - Day 1 Goodwood

For day one of her Goodwood duties, Cumani arrived on scene wearing a cream vintage oriental dress with colorful vertical embroidery. What made the look pop? Her cobalt blue fascinator of course. It featured three accordion-style discs on top of her head that mimicked the floral pattern on her dress and was designed by London milliner Fernanda Lewis. Overall, Cumani’s style was cohesive and stunning.

Day Two

Francesca Cumani - Goodwood Day 2

On day two, Cumani went with a completely different look and the drastic changed suited her well. Her flowy navy blue and beige polka dot dress was perfect for another day at the races. To make the look appropriate for the occasion, she wore a matching beige hat by milliner Jess Collett.

Resting on the top right corner of her head, the diverse textures and fluffy pom in the center set this couture cocktail hat apart from other hats at the event. The feathers coming out of the hat helped to give the piece some height.

Day Three

Francesca Cumani - Goodwood Day 3

The following day Cumani donned another Jess Collett hat, but nothing about this look was like the day before. Her bright red-orange vintage 1950s dress was eye-catching and head-turning. However, it was the hat that proved that the whole ensemble was made to be worn by Cumani.

She wore the saucer hat at a parallel angle to the one shoulder shape of her dress and the array of reds, oranges and purples of the oversized bow made the look glamorous but still suitable for a daytime event.

Day Four

Francesca Cumani - Goodwood Day 4

For day four, Cumani went with a lighter shade of blue for her outfit. Her cold shoulder embroidered silk dress was elegant. What’s the perfect casual hat style to go with such a casual, delicate dress? An oversized headband, of course! Designed by Sarah Cant, the blue fabric headband was trimmed with a few tiny white flowers.

Day Five

For the final day of Glorious Goodwood, Cumani decided to wear a plethora of colors again. Pink, blue, yellow and red flowers covered her dress and her red headband tied the look together. Choosing another piece by Fernanda Lewis, Cumani’s hair was expertly curled and pulled back from her ears by the knotted straw headband.

Five days of racing. Five days of enviable looks from Cumani. Choosing to wear designs from the same milliners on multiple days proves the creative versatility that these milliners have. No look was alike, no look was boring and no look was without a beautiful, handcrafted hat.

About the Author

Maggie Kreienberg - HATalk Blogger

Maggie Kreienberg is a contributing editor at BRIDES Magazine and is currently based in New York City. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in public relations in 2019.

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.