I live in Cincinnati, and in these parts, Derby Day is a pretty big deal. Even you don't make it to Churchill Downs, you're likely to find yourself at one of many derby parties in the area, playing lawn games, betting on the race, drinking mint juleps, and eating derby pie... and of course, wearing a very large hat.
I bought this one in Louisville with my mom just before the derby four years ago. My brother was getting married that week and the royal wedding had just taken place the week before. Struck by all the amazing hats royal wedding guests wore (I take it hats are a traditional thing to wear to weddings in the UK), my mom and I decided to bop down to Louisville for a nice day trip and to find hats for my brother's wedding.
I love this hat. I love how extravagant yet simple it is. It's impossible to not feel glamorous and elegant while wearing it.
White lace dress – Anthropologie
Double pearl necklace – Anthropolgie
Pink suede scalloped kitten heals – Anthropologie
Gole hexagon stud earrings – Madewell
Pavé bracelets – J.Crew and Anthropologie
Hat – Shop in Louisville, KY