With the Kentucky Derby this past weekend, we are still in a hat frenzy. After all, the derby is really all about the hat, right? We may be a little biased, but we would argue that after the hat, it’s all about the handbag!
We are rounding up some of our favorite hats seen at Churchill Downs on Saturday and pairing them with the perfect Brahmin handbags. Without further ado, we present the best and biggest of 2016:
Curious about the history behind the hats? As officially explained by the derby:
“The long-established fashion was started with Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr.'s vision for the Derby as an event that the high-class would attend, similar to European-style racing events, which mandated full morning dress for men and women. For the first running of the Kentucky Derby, he used high-class women to recruit his target clientele to attend the race. The event quickly became just as much about the fashion as the racing. Going to a horse racing event became an opportunity to show off the latest in spring fashion and women were known to coordinate their hats, dresses, bags, shoes, and even parasols.
The extravagant hats that have become associated with the Kentucky Derby did not really come around 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.”
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