Within the seated sections of Churchill Downs, you will find hats of elegance and style. Generally speaking, women wear wide-brimmed, “Southern Belle” inspired Kentucky Derby hats. The hats can be decorated with flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons of any color to express creativity and individuality. Learn more about the Kentucky Derby Hat Tradition
Read below to learn more about Derby hats or click here for inspiration from Christine Moore, the Official Milliner of Derby 144. Use promo code KYDERBYFEATURED for 5% off any of her hats.
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Some will say that you absolutely get the outfit first. Then you design your hat to go with the outfit. (The argument here is that it's easier to custom design a hat than to "make" an outfit to go with a hat!)
Then there are those who say that you must definitely purchase, create or design your hat before picking out the outfit.
Most often in this case, matching the dress (or outfit) to your hat involves personal preference, however keep a few things in mind in getting dressed:
A more recent trend in Kentucky Derby headwear is the fascinator. Smaller than a traditional hat and just as stylish, this piece of headwear has become more popular among Kentucky Derby attendees over recent years. Recently popularized by Kate Middleton, these chic, headpieces are made from a woven disc topped with feathers and netting and secured to your head via a comb or headband. They can be simpler to wear than a hat, and won't give you hat hair!
Christine A. Moore is the Featured Milliner of Kentucky Derby 144. Check out some of her designs below for inspiration or view her full line at at camhats.com. Use promo code KYDERBYFEATURED for 5% off.