Your Kentucky Derby Hat Guide

We are only 11 days away from one of the most stylish spectacles in the U.S.—the Kentucky Derby Hat Parade. You may be saying to yourself, “I’ve heard of the Kentucky Derby, but what in the world is the Kentucky Derby Hat Parade?” A bit of a misnomer, the hat parade is the sea of outrageous, but absolutely fantastic hats worn by the most stylish Derby attendees (arguably the most stylish attendees in all of Sports).

Whether you’ll be watching the festivities from the grandstands or throwing your own Derby Party at home, you’ll need this most necessary accessory. Here are our choices and where you can find them.

Bloomingdales, $295

Black isn’t the most shocking choice, but this Eric Javits Maribel hat is definitely sexy. We love the cutout detail along the brim and you’ll surely get noticed if you pair it with an equally sexy top.

Nanette Lepore at Bloomingdales, $248


Nordstrom has an entire edit of Derby Inspired hats for the most standout attendees. How adorable is this Nordstrom Up Brim Derby Hat? I mean we even love the way they styled it with a polka dot tank, shorts, and daring sock-wedge combo.


This Milliner Psimo Cropped Panama from Antrhopologie is for the oh-so-cool girls at the race. The multi color pom pom and gold chain add the perfect amount of interesting to the more casual hat.

Barneys, $320

If you are ready to be bold and get spotted then mix bright colors like this ACNE Studios yellow bow hat with a vibrant dress like this Kate Spade orange gingham dress.

Kate Spade, $428

By Kristianne Young

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