Off to the Races–with Fascinators


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Fascinators made news at the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

America’s Kentucky Derby is not just a horse race, it is an occasion to sport a new hat. Visit the Kentucky Derby website and you will even find a Hat Parade section entirely devoted to hats.

This year, Miss Meredith Sweetpea noted a number of fascinators amidst the colorful sea of hats. According to the website, “Hats at the Kentucky Derby have become even more popular after the royal wedding in 2011, an event that showcased many elaborate hats and fascinators.”

The hat-wearing tradition was established from Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.’s vision for the Derby “as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing event, which mandated full morning dress for men and women.” At the first Derby, he recruited targeted clientele to attend the race and the Derby quickly became known as a fashion event as much as a horse race. It became the place to show off the latest spring fashions–and hats.

Browse a selection of race day fascinators here.

hat-at-Kentucky-Derby“The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come about until the 1960s when social fashion norms loosened up and the presence of television gave women a reason to stand out. The hats became larger, brighter and more extravagant.” Men, women and children join in the hat-wearing tradition that elevates attending “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” to a fun and immersive experience. There are no boundaries when it comes to choosing a hat or fascinator.

Typically Kentucky Derby hats are wide-brimmed, but a number of fascinator styles were spotted at this year’s running. Fascinators were seen with feathers, bows, ribbons, lace and flowers, and earned a spot in the “What to Wear” section of the Derby website.

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