We are officially one month away from the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky! When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, every woman needs three things a beautiful dress, an amazing Derby hat, and a mint julep! The Derby kicks off on Cinco de Mayo this year, so lucky us we have two great reasons to celebrate Derby Day.
It’s no secret that the Kentucky Derby is one of the hottest events for celebs. I love watching the red carpet to see who has the most spectacular hat! Not only is it fun checking out our favorite celebrities, but I’m always amazed at the phenomenal hats they show in the stands.
Are you headed to a Kentucky Derby party on May 5th, 2018 or are you invited to a Derby inspired shower this season? One thing is for sure, you’re going to want a hat that you’re comfortable wearing and one that makes you feel good about yourself! Every year, I share the BEST Kentucky Derby hats and fascinators of the season. Today, I wanted to share even more inspiration by featuring some of my favorite celeb inspired looks from the 143rd Kentucky Derby! PS: I shared details on where to purchase similar hats and fascinators in this post. You can also scroll down to the bottom of the blog post and utilize the Shop The Post widget. I featured even more hats in the widget!
Glam Kentucky Derby Hats
Like many of you, I love the look of gorgeous oversized Kentucky Derby hats! They make quite the statement. Who needs a frilly dress when you can have a frilly hat? I think this style would look fabulous with an embroidered dress, a lace dress, eyelet dress, fit and flare, and more! Chef Giada De Laurentiis, actress Mira Sorvino, Justin Rose’s wife Kate Rose, athlete Morgan Beck all looked amazing in this style, and so will you! Here are a few gorgeous hats that you will adore.
If you love embellishments as much as I do, you will absolutely adore this jeweled bow hat! It comes in ivory and in navy blue. What color is your favorite? FYI I think the blue will definitely make blue eyes pop! I know that when I wear blue or turquoise my eyes look brighter.
This fancy hat is perfect for the Derby or a tea party! It comes in a wide array of colors. One of the many things I love about it is it has UPF protection. It was made with 100% ultraviolet yarn. PS: It’s only $23.99!
This oversized hat totally reminds me of the one that Morgan Beck is wearing in the photo above! It comes in a multitude of colors! You’ll be pleased to learn that it’s very affordable at under $40.
This gorgeous oversized hat with organza is less than $24! It comes in many different colors. Purple and lavender are two of the hottest colors for 2018, so this hat is definitely a must.
While this hat is a bit different than the one Giada De Laurentiis wore at the Derby last year, it’s just as fabulous and very affordable! It comes in many colors and is only $32.99.
If you love the look of these hats and want to spend less than $20, you’re in luck! I found a fabulous hat that is under $16. It comes in black, beige, purple, blush, grey, white and so many more!
This white brim hat is a must! Like many of the other hats I’ve featured, it comes in a multitude of colors and is very affordable.
Trendy Floppy Hats For the Derby!
In 2016, Lindsey Vonn wore a straw hat with a wide brim to the 142nd Kentucky Derby. This is definitely one of my favorite looks! The thing I love most about this hat is that you can wear it time and time again. It’s chic, trendy and incredibly versatile.
Floppy hats are perfect for the Derby, but you can also wear it to brunch, golf tournaments, spring and summer music festival season, while traveling, wine tasting, picnics and more. They’re also a great way to protect your face from the sun.
Here are a few of my favorite floppy hats for the Kentucky Derby, spring and summer!
Can you believe this best selling straw hat is only $25? It has amazing reviews too!
This gorgeous Eric Javits straw sun hat is available in 10 different colors. I love them all, especially this one in black! It’s so versatile, and you will get a lot of use out of it.
This is more of a sun hat than a floppy hat, but I can’t get enough of it! It’s by kate spade, is under $100 and is incredibly gorgeous. Don’t you just love the bow detailing? I’ve always been a fan of bows, and so happy to see that they are one of the hottest fashion and accessory trends of 2018.
Fabulous Fascinators for the 144th Kentucky Derby
Fascinators are more popular than ever! When I was searching for gorgeous celebrity inspired Kentucky Derby hats, I was able to find far more images of of celebs in fascinators than hats! Katie Couric, Chrishell Stause, Lindsey Jones, Jenn Brown, Dannielynn Birkhead are just a few of the celebrities who looked fabulous in their fascinators.
If you’re a fan of fascinators, you’re definitely not alone and you’re very much in luck! Today I have the scoop on a few of the best fascinators on the web. They will look amazing paired with your favorite strapless dress, midi length lace dresses, tie waist dresses and more!
This gorgeous fascinator is less than $20 and comes in a wide variety of colors.
I adore this pink fascinator! It’s also available in ivory and is less than $40!
It’s no secret, pearls are one of the hottest fashion trends for 2018! This gorgeous fascinator with feathers and imitation pearls is a must. It comes in three different colors: black, lavender and red. They’re all gorgeous and very affordable!
Obsessed with this bow and feather fascinator headband!