derby hats

Are you ready for the 140th Run for the Roses this weekend? Do you have your dress, your shoes, your over the top hat picked out? Let’s talk about Derby hats, shall we?


The first Kentucky Derby was intended to mimic European horse racing at its finest. This was a day for a woman of means to display herself in her most expensive  attire. It was a day to see and be seen in the latest fashions. A refined southern belle at that first Derby would also have worn gloves and a parasol in addition to her fine hat.


Over the years fashions have changed but the tradition of the Derby hat lives on. It is said to bring luck to the wearer. And for women who miss the old southern traditions this is the perfect opportunity to showcase their social and fashion clout! As John Steinbeck once said: “This Kentucky Derby, whatever it is—a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion—is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things I have ever experienced.”

The same can be said for the hats……

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