This is how to dress for the Kentucky Derby

How many occasions require a look from head to toe that’s totally special and over-the-top? Well, the Kentucky Derby comes to mind since is all about the hat and the clothes. I’m partnering with Audrey’s Sweet Threads, a fabulous women’s boutique at Eton Collection, to bring together great hats and lovely clothing to help you look your best. The outfit in the photo is a gorgeous tiered lace dress with subtle shots of gold. See how the light filters through the hat onto the model to produce a lacy effect? So elegant. Find Audrey’s Sweet Threads at 28601 Chagrin Blvd. in Woodmere. (216-831-8880) You can see two more of my hats to the left of the mannequin in the photo below.

A Great Kentucky Derby Look by What a Great Hat and Audrey's Sweet Threads

Another Kentucky Derby Hat

Here’s another fabulous Kentucky Derby hat in shades of cafe-au-lait and cream. It’s hand blocked and sewn – the marks of a well-made hat. Dreamy satin ribbon and vintage dotted trim add a splash of luxury and vintage feathers provide a touch of whimsy. Lovely and sophisticated!

Cafe au Lait wide brim Kentucky Derby Hat

Custom Made Kentucky Derby Hats

A group of women recently came to see me about making custom hats for their trip to the Kentucky Derby. It’s always fun to custom design a piece to go with a particular dress or outfit. And Derby time is the perfect opportunity to use over-the-top profiles and embellishments. Here’s a peek at one of the hats I designed to coordinate with a beautiful coral dress.

Pink and Orange Kentucky Derby Hat

Kentucky Derby Hat Contest 2011

 

For the past two years I’ve entered the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest sponsored by the Kentucky Derby Museum. The hat pictured is currently in the museum and will be on display through the 2012 Derby. It’s a bright orange straw hat hand blocked and embellished with hand-dyed and hand sewn silk roses and vintage fuchsia satin ribbon. I’m working on designs for this year’s entry – stay tuned!