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The Equestrianista Kentucky Derby Hat

Julie Frykman

Posted on May 01 2018

This Equestrianista is heading to “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”, one of the greatest people-watching events in the world! 

My hubby surprised me with tickets to the 2018 Kentucky Derby!  We are kicking off our long weekend with one of the historical farm tours in Lexington and then heading back to Louisville for the Derby festivities.

Undeniably, one of the best parts of the Kentucky Derby, next to the actual Kentucky Derby, is the spectacle of spring fashions. But not just any spring fashions, the hats that complete the ensemble to be exact. Both men and women pull out all of the stops when dressing for the Kentucky Derby, but lets face it, it’s the women that steal this horse show.

It seems the only rule when it comes to Derby dressing, is the showier the better! Whether you are in the grandstand, clubhouse or infield, the ladies are all on equal ground when it comes to flashing their star-studded look. The Kentucky Derby is that once in a lifetime event where every woman gets to express her inner Belle of the Ball! 

The DIY Custom Equestrianista Kentucky Derby 2018 Hat.My DIY Hat: the Equestrianista derby hat had to be one-of-a-kind of course! My recipe was simple, one part Equestrianista elegance, one part Southern Belle. 

I heard that wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is believed to be a good luck charm. So with that in mind I chose my embellishments accordingly. I found the perfect wide-brimmed hat with metallic gold threads woven throughout to be the elegant base for my style inspiration. To add charm I chose a blush colored ribbon that matched perfectly with my blush tone dress. After placing the ribbon around the base, I quickly realized this Southern Belle creation needed a little more Hollywood, thus I added the rhinestone band. Finally it was ready for the main attraction - the flower. Not just any flower would do. I chose a rose as a nod to the infamous "Run for the Roses" moniker.



Equestrianista on how to create your own Kentucky Derby hat.

When selecting my dress for the Derby I decided to keep it simple, and let the hat be the belle of the ball. I also decided to keep it chic with a monochromatic tone. Keeping it far from the plethora of color, floral and vast patterns that will undoubtedly put me in the minority. My only exception was allowing my earrings be a statement piece as well. Again, monochromatic, but with a rose gold bling that with not get overshadowed by primary accessory – the hat.

No Kentucky Derby outfit would be complete without a heel. But the Kentucky Derby is a long day, with a lot of walking around the vast Churchill Downs, so I opted for a nude wedge to give me height with stability.

The only thing left is to pack the cooler! Some water, sunglasses, sunscreen, betting cash, mint julep cash, and a phone to capture all the action – human and equine alike!

Stay tuned to our IG account as I will post pictures throughout the weekend of our adventures around Lexington and Louisville! 

xoxo Julie


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