Hats Suggestions for Derby 2020

I never thought we would have the Kentucky Derby in September.  We certainly do live in unusual times!

Polly and Husband Keith at Derby Party

What are my suggestions for Derby fashions?  

Well, as you any Kentuckian can tell you, it will be hot and humid.  Probably sunny.  In fact, when I first heard that they were moving the Kentucky Derby to September, my first thought was “Finally, a chance to escape the rain”. As you may know, it has rained on Derby Day in May for the past few years. A sunny day has been rare! When I went in 2009, I had three layers of clothing to stay warm!

There are many ways you can go style wise. 

Pink Feather Saucer Hat

Celebrate Summer’s Last Weekend

This means going all out and wearing your summer outfits for the last time.  Think vibrant pinks and striking blues.  Try Serena, Lucille, Ella, Julia or Simone. 




Lucille Pink and White fascinator saucer
Gretchen Red Feather Statement Saucer


Don’t forget red.

Nothing says Derby more than stunning reds. After all, it is known as the Run for the Roses!  Red is everywhere!

Gretchen or Catherine are my recommendations if you decide to go the red route.  Simple to coordinate with if you wear a black dress. It even works well with emerald green and navy.



Catherine Red Crinoline Black Sinamay Base
Shirley Temple Pink, white and black boater hat


Transition to Fall

I love soft pinks for fall.  Paired with navy, gray or ivory, they are so pretty. I have made many fascinators and saucer hats in soft pinks.  Try Serena, Lucille, Harper or even Temple.


Beryl is a great choice as well. Black and cream with soft pink ribbon trim. This is my patented paisley hatinator.




Beryl Paisley Black and Pink Fascinator
Ada Navy Fascinator with Pink Flower

Navy is always a safe choice. 

Ada, from our Great Women and Great Hats line, is a great choice.  A hand sculpted, straw bespoke fascinator with vibrant pink flowers. 


Mary, from our GWGH line, has the classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s bell brim. Navy straw with bright green flowers, it is a great transition to fall.


Mary Kies navy Audrey Hepburn style hat
Suzanne Wine Feather Fascinator




Try a fascinator that will transition into fall

Another option is fall style fascinators like Suzanne, shown with wine hydragenas and pheasant feathers.  


Another option is going for the rich jewel tones of ruby, sapphire and emerald.  Stunning with a black, navy or emerald dress.

Lady Rose




Lady Rose Wine Percher
Billie Light Tan Fedora

A More Casual Route

Not sure how to dress?  Afraid that the Derby won’t be as dressy this year with the restrictions?  Then, I would suggest one of our stylish fedoras trimmed with a gold bridle bit.  A hat like Billie, is a timeless classic. You can wear it many places besides the Kentucky Derby. 


If you prefer all white, try Helen, named after Helen Keller and part of our Great Women and Great Hats line.


Helen White Fedora