The Kentucky Derby is known for the large, sometimes obnoxious but sometimes classy, hats that the attendants wear. This tradition started because people believed that by wearing hats it would bring good luck to the horse they wanted to win. There are NO limits to the hat you choose; you can choose the largest hat, the smallest hat, the simplest hat or the craziest hat! Although there are no limits, women tend to stick with wide brimmed, southern belle style hats that have the appearance of looking elegant.
The Farmer and I were unfortunately unable to go to the Derby this year, so we decided to have a party with some of our favorite people to celebrate the derby, and of course, the one rule declared that the girls must wear a hat (and we suggested that guys wear bow ties). I chose a very simple sun hat my mom had hidden away from years of vacations at the beach; I didn't want anything crazy! But for some people, finding a hat is not as easy, so here are some tips I found about finding the perfect hat for the derby OR a derby party:
1. Choose your hat before you choose your dress. You don't want to be so set on a dress and not be able to find an affordable hat that matches it; it's better to find the best hat, that's in your budget, then build off of that.
2. Be creative, make your own. Who says you can't buy a cheap sun hat and tie a pretty ribbon and some flowers on it? No one said you couldn't do that, so be creative with your choice!
3. If your hat is patterned, keep the dress simple. I mean, this is kind of up to you, but more likely than not you probably don't want to walk around with mix matched patterns everywhere.
4. If you wear a hat, pull your hair out of your face so the hat is the main focus. This is the one time of the whole year you will wear a hat, so why not show it off and keep the eyes on the hat?
5. If you're having a derby party, have a hat contest. So....I'm definitely going to be proposing this idea to my friends for our derby party, it sounds fun!
I thought these little tips were fun to read and they got me excited for our derby party this friday!
If you haven't heard, I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed by Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe this month; the post is up on her blog and you can read my interview here!