How can you discuss Derby without talking about the hats? You all may know that I also have a hat company, Fancy Derby Hats. Over the years I have seen a lot of hats, including, the good, the bad and the ugly!
Many people start with the dress and then start looking for the hat. I think this is the wrong approach. Sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect hat, there’s certainly a bigger selection of dresses to choose from. And who doesn’t have a little black dress in their closet? It’s the perfect palate and most any color hat will work. Sometimes you want the hat to do the talking.
It’s also important for your hat to be able to be fun but also functional. There’s a lot of beautiful hats out there. Some hats you see are very, very big. It’s so hard to navigate around the crowd, talk to people and just have a fun day when you have a super large hat. I recommend that your hat doesn’t extend more than the frame of your body. Trust me, you will be more comfortable and still look great!
And the best tip of the day is always tuck a garbage bag into your purse. It doesn’t take up much room. I can’t tell you how many times that I was leaving the track and a huge rain storm started right after the big race. Garbage bags come in handy to save your hat when that happens!
Here’s my favorite Derby hats that I’ve worn over the years. Have a great Derby! xoxo