Time is ticking…

…to the countdown of the fastest 2 minutes in sports – the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday! If you haven’t found your hat yet, pop in this week to find your perfect fit. We’re happy to work with your outfit and change ribbons or add fabric flowers to make everything coordinate to perfection. But hurry in – much like the contenders competing for the title – they’re going fast!

Daisy in cherry red

Paloma in navy


Clarissa in antique pink with flower

Fiona in blue

Fiona in purple

Marlene in antique gold


Derby Dos and Don’ts

With the Kentucky Derby fast upon us, it seems like a perfect opportunity to refresh our hat etiquette with some timely Derby Dos and Don’ts.

 For the ladies:

DO plan your Derby outfit around your hat rather than the other way around. Stick to a simple sheath dress or tailored pencil skirt and peplum jacket. Add dimension to your clothing with a simple floral print or stripe, and let the wow factor come from what you’re wearing on your head.

-This is an occasion where size does matter, so DO go big with your brim. As much as we love a good fascinator here at Bonnet, they are a DON’T for Derby.

Daisy wide brim 

DO wear an asymmetrical brim. This is not only the most flattering way to highlight your gorgeous eyes, it  allows you to see whether your horse is still in the race.

Paloma wide brim

DO take the time to embellish your hats, ladies. Use grosgrain ribbon to make a large bow, add a fabric flower or go with some fresh picked and tuck them into your band.

Pretty little (big) flowers, available in the shop

DO think about your partner. Your hats DON’T need to (and shouldn’t) match, but it’s nice if they DO complement each other.

Now is the time to place your order for a custom Derby hat at Bonnet! DON’T wait too late!

For the gentlemen:

Derby is a formal event, so DO don your seersucker or lightweight suit for the occasion. 

DO choose a wider brim Panama or more traditional fedora. The stingy brim is a DON’T on Derby day.

Palmer panama fedora

DO embellish that wider brim men’s hat with a small rose bud or scented blossom that goes with your partner’s ensemble.

If a wide brim just isn’t your style, DO choose a light color flat cap in a silk or linen. 

Pascal linen driver

DO choose to host or attend a Derby party that benefits our community. There are many that DO.

DO tip your hat to the ladies upon entering your event.

Kash woven straw fedora

DO toss your hat in the air in joy when your horse wins the race!


Derby hats for dapper men

Derby day is around the corner (May 2nd!), and we’ve been busy stocking the shop with appropriate headwear. You’ll need something lightweight, preferably with a good size brim. Take care to choose a style that complements your attire. Need some hints? Linen suits look great with most anything, navy looks sharp with a grey suit, and patterned shirts and ties look best with a solid hat band. Here are some choices that will get you looking the part.

Connor panama straw, $140

Rhet in navy, $74

Rhet in mahogany, $74

Don packable straw. $38

Palmer panama straw, $110

Keep checking back for more style tips and dos and don’ts up until the big day!

How to choose the right travel companion

The search for the perfect travel partner can be an exhausting one. After all, the two of you will ideally be inseparable during your voyages. Similar tastes in locale will be necessary, and consideration should be taken for excursions that match your style. Should pack lightly.

Here are our preferred packable travel companions for trips to sunny spots:

Venice, linen with leather trim

Dorothy, adjustable ribbon sunhat

Petite Dorothy, for smaller heads

Maldives, shapeable crocheted raffia straw

June, cotton blend with stripe detail

Lyla, ribbon sunhat with chin strap included

Algiers, packable straw with leather trim

Capri, collapsible and adjustable

The quest for the perfect driver

The secret to a great driver is in the shape, construction, and fabric. We comb through hundreds of styles finding the best of the best. High quality fabrics and careful construction with attention to detail make these our favorite picks for this Spring. Wear them to al fresco happy hours, summer weddings, and Kentucky Derby parties.

Pascal, 100% linen, made in France

Brandon, 100% linen, made in the US

Aiden, 100% linen, made in the US

Evan, linen and cotton blend, adjustable side buckles

William, 100% silk, made in Germany