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Do You… Derby?

When I think about the Kentucky Derby I think about hats. Pure and simple. Reminds me of the formal get-togethers that are hosted by the European elites, but with a country twist and plenty of bourbon.

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So as we did with the Royals last year, lets judge us some hats while we mentally and sartorially prepare ourselves for the MET Gala that will be going on later on tonight.

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Mint Julep anyone?

Too. Cute. Totally Southern appropriate. Totally adorable.

Amazing styling. I want alllll of her jewelry. And that bag. Wow do I want that bag!

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This Carolina Herrera confection is pretty stunning. Debra’s outfit wasn’t fabulous, but I really the combination of her hat and beautiful pearl necklaces. Very ladylike and proper, and quite appropriate.

I kind of love this. She did a great job of adding a hippie/boho vibe to a traditional Southern event, which makes her look much more personalized. And he’s adorable, but needs to get his suits tailored stat.

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One of my favorite snaps from the weekend! Her hat is dramatic, as expected, but also elegant and tasteful. And the styling of her look is really fun and unexpected.

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Clearly the female fashion at the Kentucky Derby is all about the hats – dramatic, eye-catching hats – but what do the men who attend this type of event wear?

A straw hat and pastel button down are just what the doctor ordered!

When in doubt go with low-key neutrals and keep your look chic but understated. You’ll actually stand out at an event like this one!

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What was your favorite look from the 2012 Kentucky Derby? Would you throw together a traditional Southern look if you got an invitation next year?

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Royal Headwear

 

To be honest, I really didn’t understand all of the media coverage and excitement surrounding the royal wedding. This recent American obsession has been all over the internet, television and airwaves (I blame the fact that we don’t have princesses or a royal family, it makes the whole thing seem like a fairytale) and I have been doing my best to ignore it.

That being said, now that the day has come and gone I have to admit that the fashion of the event (a finer tribune to Sarah Burton and Lee McQueen I can’t imagine!) was quite unique. In particular, I found that the hats were truly stunning. Lady Gaga would be proud!

Having grown up in California in a very low-key family and having rarely attended black tie events, formal hats are something that I’ve only been exposed to through cinema.

So seeing photographs of the royal family and the wedding guests arriving in chapeaux à plumes was truly fascinating. Especially when you note that the outfits worn by these women were on the conservative side, mostly consisting of solid colors and demure hemlines. The inspirational touches, the place where their personalities really shown through, were in their hat choices.

So without further ado, I present to you the hats of the royal wedding!

Victoria Beckham

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

 

Miriam Gonzalez - My personal favorite, I love the midi length of her dress with the Swiss-dot pattern combined with the bright floral headpiece. In case you couldn't guess, she's Spanish!

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice

Zara Phillips

Sophia Winkleman

 
Which hat caught your fancy? What style do you think would best suit you?
 
Personally, I would have been tempted to don lacy black Marc Jacobs ears…
 
 
Or perhaps even a sheer mask like Natalia Vodianova wore to the Vogue party last year.
 
 
 
Hmmm…. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t invited? Yes, that must be it! 🙂