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In honor of Derby Week here on SW, I’ve gathered some of our favorite Derby-esque fashion for some stylish Southern goodness! So tip up your brim and let’s get started, y’all!

Large or small, wide brimmed, feathered, flowered or just plain outrageous, women from around the world top off their Derby duds with one the finest Southern traditions – Derby hats! Personally, I think the head wear in the grandstands might just be the best part of the Kentucky Derby.

Wondering how you can pull off this millinery trend? Try pairing your Derby-inspired topper with a simple shift dress of a coordinating color and be sure to keep your makeup clean and natural. Don’t forget, true Derby attire is not complete without a pair of sky-high ankle breakers! But take a tips from experienced Derby divas and also pack a pair of fashionable, yet comfortable, flats or flip flops to wear home.

Image credit from left to right and top to bottom: Jose Villa via Once Wed, Belathée Photography via Once Wed, Erin Hearts Court, unknown, Jessica Monnich, Kellan Studios via SW, Jen Huang, Polly Alexandre via SMP, Jose Villa, next two images Max Wanger, Courtney Reece, unknown and { Caught the Light }.

Whether you’re out for a day at the races, getting to the church on time, or anywhere mint juleps are served, you’re sure to win the blue ribbon with our Shopping Guides!

First up: fascinators!

A. Rachel Trevor Morgan “R1142” (price upon request), B. BHLDN “Beauregard” Headband ($550), C. Rachel Trevor Morgan “R1113”(price upon request), D. Nigel Rayment, E. Beth Morgan “Twist” (price upon request”, F. Emilliner “Starburst” ($190), G. Beth Morgan “Starlight” (price upon request), H. Gina Foster, I. Twigs & Honey Style # 042 ($285), J. Rachel Trevor Morgan K. Gina Foster, L. William Chambers Veiled Bow (price upon request).

And now for the best part: HATS!

A. Anthropologie “Saturn” Sunhat ($58), B. Suzanne Millinery “Coffee Creme” (price upon request), C. Suzanne Millinery “Emily” (price upon request), D. Marley Lilly Monogram Derby Hat ($29.99), E. Suzanne Millinery Pink Flower (price upon request), F. BHLDN “White Meidland Sunner” ($80), G. Satya Tweena “Denise” ($310), H. Preston & Olivia “Home Style 7” ($195), I. Preston & Olivia Home Style 31 ($230), J. BHLDN “Velvet Cocktail Hat” ($495), K. Gina Foster, L. Lock & Co. Mrs. Parry Lewis (price upon request).

What do you think? Which hat would you choose to top off your Derby look? Would you swap your veil for a hat? Enjoy the race, y’all!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
6 Comments
  1. avatar Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe reply

    This is like a bit of sunshine. As a southern girl living in Ohio (for now), LOVE all these fun wardrobe additions.

  2. avatar Erin reply

    I. Love. This! Maybe I’m just still obsessed over all the Royal Wedding hats, but this is awesome! I’m loving the fascinator trend, and even the tiny hats (I’m rocking a mini sombrero today myself!). So glam, so fun–love it!

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  4. avatar Coretta’s Elegant Events reply

    Love this post! I’m a hat fiend. I had a Sunday Hat Birthday Brunch for a birthday that I blogged about, and I wore my Easter bonnet recently which drew lots of comments. I’m 32 but I’ve been wearing hats for years (following tradition from my mom and grandmothers). The key is to keep your “crown” youthful and wear it with confidence. I’m not sure about all that having the “face” to pull off a hat I always hear about. Just about everyone can unless you have a huge head. LOL!

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