{ Style } Derby Day Hats

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend! As a hugeeee animal lover, naturally the first thing I think about are cute horses. No lie, I literally want to pet all the pretty horses…but I don’t think anyone will let me do that.

I digress.

Style-wise,  I think of preppy bow ties for men and giant, totally ridic hats (which I love) for women.

Derby hats come in so many shapes, colors and sizes. My favorite will always be the floppy hat because it shades me from the sun (BYE premature aging skin).

There are many colorful derby hats, but I lean towards a versatile neutral colored hat that I can wear all spring/summer long and take on vacay. However, this is one of the few occasions I can wear something super bold…so who knows? I might change my mind.

Here are three of my favorite floppy hats (I guess I’m on a stripe kick), perfect for any Derby Day party or the beach! Oh, and they’re all under $50:


{ Shop it:  Striped Floppy Straw Hat, $20 | Floppy Straw Hat With Bow, $24 | Stripe Trim Floppy Hat, $14.90 }

After the Kentucky Derby, it’s the second leg of the Triple Crown — Preakness Stakes on May 21, 2016. If you’re in Philadelphia, you def won’t want to miss Preakness at the Piazza. Last year’s event raised more than $120,000 for the National MS Society. HOLY MOLY that’s a lot of $$$. The event is half fashion and of course — half party! Get your tickets here.

Stay tuned for more Preakness style tips and festive skinny cocktail recipes.

Have any derby party style tips? Share in the comments below!

xx Melissa

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