Polly Singer hats at Milliner’s Corner at Keeneland

Last December, I had an early Christmas present.  I found out that my hats would be featured at the Milliner’s Corner at the lovely and historic Keeneland Race Track!  My mind then started racing, turning over ideas for my Keeneland Collection, which consists of 45 hats and fascinators.  Many are one of a kind designs and are only available at Keeneland.

How do I get my inspiration, you ask?   Pinterest is my addiction.  I especially love looking at millinery designs that members of the Royal Family wear at Ascot.  Princess Sophie of Wessex is a favorite.  My newest designs are inspired by Sophie of Wessex

I will be at Keeneland on April 14, 15, 21 and 22nd to help you pick out your own Polly Singer creation .  Please stop by and say hello! I am happy to help you pick out the perfect hat or fascinator for the Kentucky Derby! 

What to Wear to the 2017 Kentucky Derby

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A big part of our role at Polly Singer Hats and Veils is advising ladies what to wear to the Kentucky Derby, and Derby Hats fashion.   On May 6, 2017, we will witness the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

My clients are from two different groups. The first group is ladies who attend the Kentucky Derby each year.  They spend a good deal of their spring planning their outfit, dress, shoes, bag, jewelry and of course, a Kentucky Derby hat!  They have some idea of what to wear, what is involved in attending the Kentucky Derby.

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The second group are ones who have never attended a Kentucky Derby and have no idea what to expect.

Well, here is what to expect!

  1. It is a very long day.  Longer than you can possibly imagine.  I have tremendous endurance.  I work out with a trainer, lived in New York City, etc. but I was drained at the end of the day.
  2. Wear shoes that you love, but can walk in.  I got a tip to take a comfortable pair of shoes in your bag (even flip flops) to wear if you have to park far away or have a long to walk.
  3. Dress in layers.  When I attended the Kentucky Derby, it was 50 degrees and cloudy!  I had a sundress on, along with a cardigan and coat! 
  4. Weather in Kentucky can be precarious in early May. It has snowed on Derby Day and also been 85 degrees with high humidity. 
The most popular question that I hear from clients is which comes first?  The dress or the hat for the Derby?

Choosing your hat first:

Pros: This options enables you to pick the hat of your dreams and gives you more freedom in terms of trims, colors and styles. Do you like peacock feathers? If so, you can incorporate them into the dress. Like hot pink, black and white? Then we can incorporate them into your hat.

Cons: You have to find a dress/outfit to match your hat. This can be difficult if you are trying to match up colors. If a client picks the hat first, I usually suggest that they pick a neutral outfit to make things easiest.

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Choosing your dress first:

Pros: You already have your dress. By already having the dress/outfit, you have some guideline in choosing your hat. Say your dress has yellow and ivory, then you can tie those colors into your hat.

Cons: You might be more limited in your hat choice. Also, depending on the hat supplies that your milliner has on hand, they might be out of the colors you are looking to use.

There is no right or wrong way. If you see an outfit that you absolutely fall in love with, then by all means, purchase it. If you are undecided about what to wear, then pick out a hat that goes with an outfit already in your wardrobe. That way if you run out of shopping time, you still have your hat and outfit ready to go!

Colors that are supposed to be popular this year are shocking pink (easy to coordinate with), floral prints, gold and metallics.  Baby pink is also big.  Trends in shoes show mules and lower heels, so keep this in mind as you make choices for Kentucky Derby fashion and attire.

When in doubt, give a Polly Singer Gift Card!

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We all like to feel special.  And we are.  Each of us is one of a kind….so why not have a custom hat or fascinator made for you or someone you love?  Give a Polly Singer Gift Card that can be redeemed for a hat or fascinator. 

Polly Singer Gift Cards never expire.  The beauty of a Gift Card is that you can also let the recipient help design their own hat.  We work closely with each client to design the perfect hat or fascinator.  It’s a fun process and our clients end up with a custom work of art.

Our gift cards can be shipped in one of our stylish hat boxes, shown here.

Polly Singer Gift Cards can be done in any dollar amount. This also makes is perfectly easy for your husband or boyfriend to surprise you in a special way.

Call us at (859) 533-1426 or email polly@hatsandveils.net

Fall and Winter Hats to Turn Heads

I love Fall and Winter too.  I do realize that sounds strange, given the fact that the Spring and Summer are thought to be the more popular times for wearing a hat.  However having lived in Manhattan for 13 years and enduring cold winds on those streets, I can tell you that hats kept me warm and healthy.  I wanted to look stylish.   Living on the Upper East Side and working on Sutton Place, I couldn’t exactly don a ski cap!

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To me, the perfect Fall/Winter hat is smaller.  It looks great with a coat or jacket.  It is in a classic color, meaning it can work with coats in your closet.  It blends in and looks seamless with a variety of styles.  And most of all, it is flattering to the face. 

When I first started out making hats, I would of course wear them on the streets of New York. I can not tell you how often people gave me positive comments.  Men would open doors for me (quite unusual for New York).  Ladies would start conversations with me about how their mother or grandmother loved or even made hats. 

The hats shown below were all made by me. They have been hand blocked and sewn, using the millinery techniques that I learned at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. 

Eve is a new favorite. I love gray as it goes with so many colors.  Black and white, navy or even red, it is the new neutral. I designed Eve with a vintage flair.  The Downton Abbey and 20’s style was my inspiration for Eve.

 

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Meryl would look great with a brown, camel or ivory coat.  I fell in love with this orange and creme cloche style.  A bow and button accent Meryl.  The cloche style is flattering on most.  It really highlights the face.

 

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Sweet Audrina features the classic colors of black and red.  The black vintage style velvet ribbon,  curled pheasant feathers and rhinestone button have made this hat a winner, literally!  It won Best Hat a recent competition.

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Finally, Sweet Leaf is just that.  A sweet hat with a soft brim that can be turned up or down.  Hand cut felt leaves are sewn on, accented with ivory buttons.  Sweet Leaf can be worn with all shades of brown and even ivory.  It can even be worn with black.  Combining so many shades on a hat actually gives the wearer more fashion options.

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Fascinator and Hat Rentals – The Perfect Way to Have Fun With Fashion

Melina - $75 hat rental
Melina – $75 to rent
Camden - Hat for Rent for $75
Camden – Rent for $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a way to have fun with fascinators and hats, without spending a lot of cash?  Have you wanted to try a hat or fascinator but wasn’t sure how it would look on you?  Do you need a fascinator for an event, but will wear it only once? 

Going to Keeneland or the Breeder’s Cup and want to stand out?

If you answered yes to any or these questions, then hat and fascinator rental may be for you!  Visit my hat rental page

Matilda - Hats for Rent for $95
Matilda – Rent for $95

This is how it works:

The rental period is one week. Your week starts the day your hat or fascinator arrives.  You would contact us via email or phone to book your rental item. If the item is available, then you will be sent a rental agreement.  This protects both parties in case of damages.  You will the item for the fee plus shipping.  If the item comes back damaged beyond normal wear, there is a $25.00 fee to repair.  If the item comes back damaged beyond repair, then we will bill your credit card for the entire retail value of the hat. If you love the item so much that you want to keep it, our fascinators and hats are available for purchase.

The response to the rental program has been overwhelming.   Start shopping today!

 

 

Breeder’s Cup Is Here Again!

Most people think that the major horse races occur in the spring and summer.  However the Breeder’s Cup is the biggest weekend in horse racing, second only to the Kentucky Derby. 

This year’s Breeder’s Cup Race is on November 4th and 5th, at Santa Anita Park.  

If I was attending Breeder’s Cup, here are a few selections that I might consider. Visit our Breeder’s Cup page.

Etro Metallic Floral Zigzag Dress
Etro Metallic Floral Zigzag Dress
Shades of Gray
Shades of Gray

 

While I love this dress, it has a lot going on in the pattern.  I think a simple fascinator in this soft, shimmery shade of gray would highlight the dress nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Snowdrop
Snowdrop

I love the soft flow of this pale pink dress.  It’s contemporary, comfortable for a day at the races.  I think Snowdrop has the flirtiness and flow to work with this cool, trendy dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gwen knit midi dress
Gwen knit midi dress
Ellie
Ellie

Nothing is as dramatic to me as a hot red dress.  I adore the lines on the back of this dress.  Add the Ellie hatinator/saucer hat to this for a drop dead winning combination.  Be prepared to stop for lots of photos. The cameras will not be able to resist you in this combination!

The perfect Breeder’s Cup classic!

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget that Breeder’s Cup is just around the corner.  November 4th and 5th at Santa Anita Race Track.

Plan your look for Breeder’s Cup today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Kentucky Derby Hats and Fashion Trends

Fashion Trends and 2016 Kentucky Derby Hats, continued!

Why do women like to be Southern Belles?  I think it is the time to be feminine, have fun and turn those male heads!  Enter the Kentucky Derby!  As a girl born in Kentucky, I can totally understand the Southern Belle mentality.  While living in New York City for over 13 years, I was endlessly pursued by men wanting to hear my Southern accent.  I have lived in Kentucky for 18 years and am only now getting my Southern accent back. 

For the 2016 Kentucky Derby, we pulled together the latest fashion trends, suggestions and combinations, and combined them with beautiful Derby hats

Picking out a classic dress is the first step on your Kentucky Derby fashion journey, and choosing your Derby hat is a close second.

 

 

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Simply Demure
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I think Simply Demure would be perfect with this dress.  The flow of this dress lends itself to a relaxed, feminine hat.  Wearing a longer dress to the Derby is definitely different.  I would personally do something like this.  Derby is a very long day. At the end of the day, I could hardly walk.  I am drooling over these sandals as I remember women taking off their high heels to walk out of Churchill.

 

 

 

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Molly
Molly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the idea of a black and white dress.  It is classic and gives a hat designer so much to work with!  The black and white hat with a vivid pop of hot pink is classic Polly Singer!  So much so, that I designed my hat boxes in the same colors.  Better hide the credit card because I would purchase this dress in a heartbeat.

 

 

 

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Kathrina
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For an elegant vision, I would pair Kathrina with this dress.  Perfect for the Kentucky Oaks, it is simple and elegant.  Classic Chanel and smooth.  I love fashion simplicity because it allows the client to really look amazing.  Hats that are over the top take away from the client’s own beauty in my opinion.  You will notice that celebrities always tone their outfits, not over do.

 

 

 

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Mischa
Mischa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one of my classic hats.  Mischa would look amazing with this dress.  The structure and angles of the hat complement the geometric design of the dress.   As a young designer, I was often baffled working with patterns like those on this dress.  A simple, classic hat design is the best remedy.

I hope these ideas have helped, and given you some idea of how to match a hat with this year’s fashion trends, especially as we near one of my favorite events, and I will bet you can guess what that is.  Any questions, please contact me and we will help you pick out your special hat, or create a gorgeous custom hat exclusively for you.

But hurry! The Derby is just around the corner! 

Contact us now to design a beautiful Kentucky Derby Hat for you. 

 

 

 

2016 Fashion Trends and Kentucky Derby Hat Ideas

The Kentucky Derby is every woman’s chance to express her inner Southern belle.  A standout Kentucky Derby Hat is the crowning glory of a Southern Belle. The age-old question is “what comes first, the dress or the hat?”  They go together like hugs and kisses.  You generally don’t have one without the other, and there’s a good reason for that. The Kentucky Derby annual horse race’s website provides guidelines and gentle suggestions for women’s attire. You guessed it – hats are included!

For the 2016 Kentucky Derby, we pulled together some fashion suggestions based on current trends, and hats that look fabulous with them.  All dresses are available at www.nordstrom.com.

 

Michael Kors Poppy Print Sheath Dress
Michael Kors Poppy Print Sheath Dress
Ellie
Ellie

 

Red and black always mesh together well. Since they are such strong colors, I would avoid adding many other colors.  Red is strength, so be proud and work it! The “Ellie” fascinator hat looks fantastic with black, and adds a beautiful accent.

You can find this and all the hats below in our Kentucky Derby Hat section.

 

Herve Leger "Eliana"
Herve Leger “Eliana”
Megan
Megan

 

This Herve Leger “Eliana” is a very sexy dress.  I love the draping and the lines.   In fact, it is probably one of the best dresses I have seen in a very long time.  (Hide the credit card!)  Megan, a fashionable fascinator,  would be perfect, fun, and adds flirtatious flare to this gorgeous dress.

 

Etro Floral Print V Neck Dress
Etro Floral Print V Neck Dress
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Holly 2016

 

 

 

 

 

I love this Etro dress, and the bright colors, it is perfect for spring and summer.  With that said, it is a challenge to pick a hat for it.  In this case. go simple; our “Holly” which can be found in our Kentucky Derby section, is an ivory hat with black trim that would look fantastic with this dress.  The big bow is romantic and does not take away from the drama of this dress, but rather enhances it.

 

Armani Godet Wool Dress
Armani Godet Wool Dress
Constance
Constance

 

Next is a confession. I absolutely covet this Armani Godet dress.  It flows well, and has beautiful movement. It’s current with the trends while being classic.  This Armani dress would work with almost any hat or fascinator.  For this dress, I chose “Constance” since the floral pattern of Constance would work with the solid, and give the dress a bit of a kick. Do you love it?

 

Michael Kors Double Face Stretch Silk Fit and Flare Dress
Michael Kors Double Face Stretch Silk Fit and Flare Dress
Karenna
Karenna

 

 

I love the idea of this romantic Kentucky Derby hat with this gorgeous Michael Kors dress. It would be stunning at the Derby!  This style of dress is easy to coordinate a hat with, and honestly, almost any hat on my website would work.  This hat is “Karenna“.

I hope these ideas have helped, and given you some idea of how to match a hat with this year’s fashion trends, especially as we near one of my favorite events, and I will bet you can guess what that is.  Any questions, please contact me and we will help you pick out your special hat, or create a gorgeous custom hat exclusively for you.

But hurry! The Derby is just around the corner! 

Contact us now to design a beautiful Kentucky Derby Hat for you. 

 

 

 

 

Busy here on new hats!

Sasha
Sasha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is always the time of year that I love, designing for the spring.   The hardest thing for me is not coming with new ideas, but having to edit my designs.  And of course, I love working with new colors.  I thought this chart was interesting in that it highlights the various feelings that color invokes.

 

Psychology of Color

Psychology of Color

 

I love working with color.  Anyone who has visited my house will tell that it is filled with color.  Each room has a distinct color, whether it is a warm creamy yellow, warm terra cotta to soft ameythst upstairs.  I always enjoy the psychology of color too.  My design room went to from a blue/gray to Sherwin Williams Youthful Coral.

 

Youthful Coral
Youthful Coral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have so much more energy now.  Color is so important with our feelings.  Can’t wait to finish the new hats!

 

A Look Back at the Fashion on Show at the Grand National 2015

The Grand National at Liverpool’s Aintree Racecourse is one of the greatest and most highly anticipated sporting events in Britain. It’s the biggest horse racing event in the world, garnering millions of viewers every year in the UK according to Oye! Times. The races are thrilling, but what truly makes the event a spectacle is the fashion statements showcased by the guests lucky enough to score tickets to the live action.

This year, Many Clouds won the race which was jockey Leighton Aspell’s second consecutive win as reported by Betfair, although eyes weren’t only on the horses during the proceedings. Many people photographed fashion-conscious women donning some of the boldest hats the event has ever seen. The race is always a good excuse to get dressed up, and for some, it’s the only opportunity they get to wear their bright, striking accessories each year.

During Ladies Day, women really brought their A-game and arrived in classy outfits topped off with their most impressionable head pieces, from retro glam hats to the more unconventional headwear. The hats were unique, with some being flirty and feminine, while others, quite daring.

Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable hats from the event.

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Image courtesy of express.co.uk

 

A female race-goer opts for a complete rainbow getup as she accessorizes her colorful mesh-hemmed dress with mismatching shoes, gloves, a green clutch, blue scarf, and a rainbow mesh head-piece in the shape of a pompom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

 

A group of friends take a selfie to capture the different designs on their floral hats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of mirror.co.uk

 

A woman stuns fellow race-goers with her brightly colored hat composed of real flowers, embellished with feathers and embroidered fabrics and materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image courtesy of liverpoolecho.co.uk

 

Floral was definitely a recurring motif at the event as one of the ladies wore a hat that had a playful take on a bouquet of flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Image Courtesy of http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk

 

Despite the popularity of flowers on women’s headgear at this year’s event, some guests believed feathers were the classier choice.