The History of the Kentucky Derby Hat

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The History of the Kentucky Derby Hat
The History of the Kentucky Derby Hat
The History of the Kentucky Derby Hat
The History of the Kentucky Derby Hat
After all the hoopla of the Royal Wedding, we’re going to be looking for the next costumed-celeb event to grasp onto: enter the 2011 Kentucky Derby, which will take place May 7th.

And here’s a fun fact: did you know that the Kentucky Derby is actually a horse racing event and not a celebrity hat fashion show? Because I had no idea.

Celebs love the tradition and social flair of the Kentucky Derby, and we love seeing what outrageously overdone hat Kim Kardashian or Jenny McCarthy will be wearing.

The tradition of wearing hats to the Kentucky Derby dates as far back as the Royal Ascot races in the UK, which began in 1711. Started by Queen Anne, there was a strict dress code for the races, which included women wearing hats.

In the United States, patrons of the Kentucky Derby have adopted the hat tradition since 1875. And there aren’t many events in the U.S. in which wearing a lavish hat is appropriate, so we have to take advantage.

Let’s face it, most of us won’t be heading to the Kentucky Derby with Jessica Simpson and Brooke Shields. Hey, you can always round up your Chihuahuas, grab a Smirnoff Ice, and have a mini-race in the backyard.

It’s almost as classy. So in picking out your 2011 Kentucky Derby hats, here are a few Spring/Summer trends that will help you find the perfect fit:

Shimmer With shimmery trends popping up for summer, choose a hat with some glossy detail—like a sleek ribbon.

Lace Lace isn’t going anywhere this summer, but it’s evolving into a more antique-y, classic look—perfect for a traditional Kentucky Derby hat. Lace details would be a good choice, or go bold and choose a hat with a lace veil.

The exotic Think Natalie Portman’s deep purple dress and matching tassel earrings at this year’s Oscars. If you’re feeling a little more daring, go for a bold colored, exotic Kentucky Derby Hat. It doesn’t exactly scream Kentucky, but we can leave that to Loretta Lynn.
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