Derby Hats

The US Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup World Championships are wonderful events that carry allong the millinery importance of the 19th century. Long standing traditions of oversized elaborate hats bring an element of feminine fancy. Best known for wide brims with elaborate adornments, the general Derby fashion is never too over the top, and the more the merrier.
Triple Crown events consist of three races. Starting with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. After a two week long Kentucky Derby Festival, it lands on the first Saturday in May. This 1 1/4 mile long race is considered “The most exciting two minutes in sports”. Also known as “The Run for the Roses” after the blanket of roses draped over the back of the winner, you will see many rose colored tones in the fashion choices of women attendees.
The Kentucky Derby is the highlight of Derby Fashion. Here you will find the tallest, widest, most colorful and lavishly adorned hats and head pieces. Anything goes at the Kentucky Derby. Color choices vary from shades of pink and red to teal, yellow, or polka dots. Often times the choice adornments and trims include feathers gallor, rbbons, and bows.
Another popular hatting event is the Kentucky Oaks, also at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This event is held the Friday bfore the Kentucky Derby. The winner receives $600,000, a silver Kentucky Oaks trophy, and a blanket of lillies or “Lillies for the Fillies”. This being the races signature flower, you will find many shades of pink in the women’s millinery embellished with Lilly flowers.
If you are off to the races, be sure and prepare with a well adorned selection of hats. These often overlooked accessories are taken very seriously at these premier events and you could never show a repeat at any two races. HATagories would like to be your hat destination for these and any event where you feel the need to add that special touch that will make you stand apart from the crowd. We carry the best designers in Derby Fashion such as the ever popular Christine A. Moore. This New York designer is famous for her Derby inspired collections season after season. Ms. Moore started as a costume designer on Broadway in Manhattan so she certainly has a flare for the dramatic. Louise Green is another to inspire. Her designs stem from the vintage style of the early 1900’s and are beautifully adorned with a precise feminine touch, adding silk flowers and bows, velvet trims and tulle.
Please feel free to call our expert staff with any questions you may have when preparing for the Derby. You can reach us at 1-866-644-1255, and visit our website to see our abundant collection of great designer hats!


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