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The Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs are soaked in tradition. Mint Juleps, $2 wagering, the Twin Spires, and the singing of My Old Kentucky Home are big part of the Derby experience. The Derby hat is right up there among the most famous of traditions, as is evident by the large array of styles and colors on display the first Saturday in May.

It doesn’t matter where a lady might be seated for the Kentucky Derby, from the infield to Millionaire’s Row; you are going to see hats everywhere. Derby hats can act almost the same way that a costume does on Halloween. There is a feeling of being able to standout and to change from an everyday persona into the carefree feeling of celebrity and high society status.  Many of the ladies who top off their wardrobe for Derby day want to be as elaborate as possible, while others may simply create a “do it yourself” hat, that may fit their personality or every day sensibilities. The hat is more than an accessory; it’s a reflection of how one may see herself in the midst of the Kentucky Derby pageantry.

Hat prices vary a great deal, depending on whether a homemade version is put together or if a high profile milliner creates the hat from scratch. Hats created by a professional milliner, such as Lady Diane Hats, are pieces of art. No two are created exactly the same and having one of their custom made hats adds to the feeling of individuality and specialness that can only come from knowing that you are displaying something that nobody else can.  The hat adds an air of sophistication to the Derby day wardrobe and is a unique piece of Kentucky Derby tradition that only continues to grow in popularity.

If you are interested in learning more about Kentucky Derby hats or have questions about having a hat custom made for your trip to Churchill Downs in the spring, contact one of the leading milliners in the business, Lady Diane Hats, at Lady Diane Hats and they will be happy to get you started on creating a unique piece that you will cherish forever.