What to Wear at the 2023 Kentucky Derby

What to Wear at the 2023 Kentucky Derby

What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby?

The greatest two minutes of sports is fast approaching and time is running out to get your perfect hatinator!  This year will be the 149th time the race has been run at the iconic Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is always run the first saturday in May and this year falls on May 6th which is also the day of King Charles III Coronation!

Besides the beautiful 3 year old colts, you will see a gorgeous array of fashion on display and most importantly are the BIG derby hats on both men and women.  At the Kentucky Derby bigger is defintely better!

The Kentucky Derby is also known as the Run for the Roses as the winner gets draped in a large gardland of roses when he wins. As such, many women include red in their outfit choices or their hats.

We offer a hige range of big wide brimmed Kentucky Derby Hats

One of our most popular Kentucky Derby hat is the Marit which is a wide brimmed hat trimmed with lots of feathers and will turn heads at the track!

Kentucky Derby Hats for Women

Kentucky Derby Hats

Derby Watching Parties

For those who cant make it to Churchill Downs they host a Kentucky Derby Party where all the guests dress to the nines and of course wear their hats and fascinator.  If you are attending a party you should absolutely go all out as if you were going to the track.

Whether you want a big feather fascinator or a elegant hat for your derby watching party we custom make all of our hats and fascinators to match perfectly with your Kentucky Derby Outfit.  Here you will find all of our Large Fascinators and Hatinators which are perfect for Derby Parties as they are light and easy to wear and dont leave you with hat head!

The Cinna Large Feather Fascinator is the a sure bet to turn heads at a Derby party.  Adorned with long tail feathers of the Lady Amherst Pheasant it makes a big statement but also you hardly notice you have it on as its so light. 

Kentucky Derby Hat

Kentucky Derby Hat

Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Oaks is when the 3 year old female horses run the day before on the Friday and this is a day for women to wear pink.  Churchill Downs is full of beautiful men and women all wearing pink for the girls.  Also this day is a celebration of breast & ovarian cancer survivors with the ladies walking the full length of the oval to celebrate their victory over cancer. Watching these ladies is truly an inspiration in courage for all of us.

So whats a gal to wear on friday at the track well it has got to be PINK of course and with that a PINK fascinator or hatinator.  Our Kerina is a perfect fascinator for the Oaks with long wispy feathers and a small base its comfortable enough to wear all day and still look amazing.

Kentucky Derby Hat

Kentucky Derby Hat


For the last couple of years Thurby is now a thing at Churchill Downs, its the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby and lately women and men have started wearing hats and fasciantors.  Most ladies wear a small fascinator or elegant hat on this day to match their dress. 

The Nerissa fascinator hat is one of our more popular small designs and is just right for Thurby.  We can make this in almost 50 colours and even add an extra feather colour to perfectly coordinate with your outfit.


Kentucky Derby Hat

 Kentucky Derby Hat

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