Which Kentucky Derby Hat is You?

The Kentucky Derby is such a fun and frolicky annual horse race, filled with tradition and beauty. From the gorgeous horses to the traditional mint juleps, there is anticipation and excitement in the air. What I love most about the Kentucky Derby is selecting “my” horse to cheer on and, always, seeing the beautiful hats on display everywhere!

“The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.” *

I’m posting a few hats for you to enjoy from the official Kentucky Derby website as well as my personal choice if I were going this year!

  1. Playful and fun!

2. “Look at me!” (I like the shoulder sun protection this hat offers!)

3. This one has the floral embellishment underneath the brim – beautiful!

4. Such fun for men, too!

5. My choice from Berkeley Hats (where you will find many, many more lovely hats to order!)

Cheers to a great race and very fun day!

“Hats Encouraged”

I’ve been invited to a Ladies Tea with a philanthropic group I belong to, and the embossed invitation reads “Hats Encouraged.”

I’m hat and “hat outfit” shopping now. The ladies in this group wear dresses and dress suits to the meetings, but, alas, I no longer have ankles that should see the light of day. Thinking a dressy maxi with jacket, or dressy pantsuit. Do I shop hat first, then outfit or clothes first, then hat? I think I will look for a hat first!

Who does hats the best? The Kentucky Derby! Here are some I love for inspiration.

White is always elegant. Here Rebecca Romijn is in her white Kentucky Derby hat with a baby blue accent.

Rebecca Romijn in her white Kentucky Derby hat.

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