How to Make a Hat for the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby, that glorious annual American trasition, is finally just about here. There’s so much we love about the derby–like the amazing horses, and sipping on a mint julep or other fun cocktail while you enjoy the festivities (even if it’s from your couch!). But our very favorite part about Derby Day? The hats, of course–and that’s why how to make a hat that stands out from the crowd is a lesson we wanted to learn.

After sorting through some of the best Kentucky Derby hats of years past, we know that the first question to ask yourself is simple: What do you want your hat to say about you? A Kentucky Derby hat is your chance to show a little of your great personal style, of course, but it’s also a chance to let your silly side shine through. If you’re an animal lover, how about creating a hat topper that’s shaped like a pink pig? Or if you’re more into gorgeous flowers, this may be a good time to top your look with dozens of roses, like the women in our video below.

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Or maybe a feather or sparkly gemstone tickles your fancy? The options for hat style are endless, and since we can’t all borrow one of Kate Middleton’s elaborate fascinators for racing’s biggest day, we’ve got to get creative (and grab a glue gun). Let the wild hats in this video inspire you–they’re some of the most festive Kentucky Derby hats we’ve ever seen!

Wow! See our favorite crazy Kentucky Derby hats from over the years.

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