Would you ever attend the Kentucky Derby, and would you wear a hat?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you attend the Derby, and what is your opinion on the hats?
    I would attend, and would wear a statement hat! : (23 votes)
    56 %
    I would attend, and would wear a pretty (but not huge) hat! : (8 votes)
    20 %
    I would attend, and wear a fascinator! : (3 votes)
    7 %
    I would attend, but no hat for me! : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I have attended, and wore a high-fashion hat! : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I have attended, and wore a nice hat! : (0 votes)
    I have attended, hat-less. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I have no interest in attending the Derby, hat or no hat! : (4 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I wear hats to Keeneland sometimes. I’ve never wanted to go to derby but I’d like to go to Oaks. 

    Post # 3
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    4147 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted I would attend and wear a fascinator, mainly because I adore them, but I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to wearing a statement hat either.  I love everything “Southern” so I need to attend at least once!

    Post # 4
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    398 posts
    Helper bee

    I have never been to Kentucky, but I have attended Royal Ascot, and wore hats on both occasions. Of course, I am British and love wearing hats of all kinds. Most of the hats in the pictures would be perfect for Royal Ascot, but many of the dresses wouldn’t work.

    I don’t think I will ever have a reason to travel to the Derby, not with so many prestigious races taking place right here at home, but I am definitely not opposed.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  Persephone.
    Post # 5
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    140 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Attending the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list! I would love to go and wear an amazing hat.

    Post # 6
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    9533 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    This was actually the first Derby I’ve missed in 8 years! I was at my FSIL’s bachelorette party. I was really bummed. I love going to the Oaks and to the Derby and I always wear a hat. You have to wear a hat. Almost all women in the grandstands wear a hat. It’s part of the fun. You can buy hats, but my mom always made hers, so now I make mine. I buy a form in the color I want and then add on all the decoration that I want. I actually made a fascinator many years ago before they were super popular but usually go with the large, wide brimmed variety. 

    Post # 7
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    2400 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    MrsEdamame:  I’d go and wear a bangin hat & dress! Our local fair has horse races & they have a ladies hat day once a year- all the local ladies act & dress as if it’s the Kentucky Derby and the best dressed/best hat/most creative all get cash prizes. One of the best parts of my summer sittin outside, bettin on horses in my sunday finest, and sippin mint juleps!

    Post # 8
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am from Kentucky and have never been to the Derby.  I love to go to the track, but we have Keeneland here is Lexington, which is prettier than Chruchill and I don’t really like Louisville. That said, I would much rather attend the Oaks, which is the Friday before Derby.  It’s the race Kentuckians tend to go to rather than the Derby…..I do love the hats.  My FB feed was full of Oaks pictures on Friday! 

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    9919 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    MrsEdamame:  I would totally do it.  We live not far from Woodbine where the Queens Plate is held and I’ve always wanted to go and get dressed up and wear a fancy hat but FH is not in to it at all.

    Post # 9
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    1056 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    I have been to the Kentucky Derby once, but only in the infield.  I did not wear a hat but it’s a whole other type of party in the “cheap seats” 🙂

    Post # 11
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    2830 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Yes! I love horse races. There’s a huge one in my hometown. Next year, I’m doing the whole deal. 

    Post # 12
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    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Hell yes, and….. Hell yes!!!

    Isn’t wearing the hat half the fun of going?

    Funny I was talking about this with the FI 2 days ago. 

    Post # 13
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    MrsEdamame:  I’m obsessed with the derby! It’a definitely on my bucket list, and I love looking at pictures of derby fashion on instagram. I’d definitely wear a statement piece hat, and likely a Kate Spade dress. 

    Post # 14
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    2661 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Hotel rooms in Louisville are outrageous during Derby.  Many have a 3 night or more minimum and are thousands of dollars.  You have to book way in advance, I’ve heard.  🙂  A law school friend was telling me she tried to book somethere downtown and it was like $3K for 3 nights.  She ended up at like a holiday inn for like $300 (or more) a night……

    Post # 15
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    3280 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My mom goes and has hats made to wear there. I haven’t been because I’m away at school, but I’d probably go once just to go. 

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