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!