Celebrities in Hats

The 139th Kentucky Derby happens this Saturday. If you don’t follow the sport of racing you can always follow the fine sport of hat wearing. Celebrities in hats is one of my favorite sports! The tradition of wearing a hat on Derby Day has roots that stretch across the pond to the royal races of the UK.

Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the founder of the Kentucky Derby, wanted to change American racetracks to something decidedly very highbrow. He was inspired by the races and attendees of London’s Epsom Derby and Paris’ Grand Prix.

A spokesperson from the Kentucky Derby Museum says, “He loaded up a wagon full of high society women and they were going door-to-door telling their friends, ‘We’re going to have a picnic at the racetrack,’” Treinen said. “He really tried to break down this [stigma].”

The goal was to transform the American racetrack from a place of ill repute to place of high society. High society created high fashion.

While the Kentucky Derby is now known for only the most stunning and stylish and outrageous Derby hats we also applaud every day hat wearing. With the weather getting warmer we are seeing more and more celebrities in hats! This collection is just from last month alone.

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    Celebrities in hats is our tribute to the Kentucky Derby

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  • Bethenny Frankel 2 of 15
    Bethenny Frankel is wearing a hat

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  • Hilary Duff 3 of 15
    Hilary Duff in a hat

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  • Jennifer Garner 4 of 15
    Jennifer Garner in a hat

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  • David Beckham 5 of 15
    David Beckham in a hat

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  • Halle Berry 6 of 15
    Halle Berry in a hat

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  • Jessica Alba 7 of 15
    Jessica Alba in a hat

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  • Bethenny Frankel-2 8 of 15
    Bethenny Frankel is wearing another hat

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  • Alessandra Ambrosio 9 of 15
    Alessandra Ambrosio in a hat

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  • Rachel Zoe 10 of 15
    Rachel Zoe in a hat

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  • Ben Affleck 11 of 15
    Ben Affleck in a hat

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  • Meg Ryan 12 of 15
    Meg Ryan in a hat

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  • Nick Lachey 13 of 15
    Nick Lachey in a hat

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  • Yoko Ono 14 of 15
    Yoko Ono in a hat

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    Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in hats

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