If there's one thing everybody knows about the Kentucky Derby — other than that horses are involved — it's that hats are a big deal. On May 3, Louisville's Churchill Downs will host upwards of 150,000 people, many of whom will be there strictly for the party atmosphere. So, if you'll be among the lively crowd next weekend — or you simply plan to hit a Derby-themed bash — you'd best be dressed to the nines. The occasion's unofficial dress code: cocktail dress, fancy heels, and a super-extravagant topper.
Opt for a style you love that's outside the norm of your everyday wear — think colorful, wide-brim hats, chic boaters, snazzy fascinators, and jeweled visors. The event is a huge celebration, so as far as your hat game goes: Go big or go home. We rounded up 15 high-fashion picks (with a few subtler offerings mixed in) to top off your Louisville look. And, off to the races!