Kentucky Derby: Womens Guide

Kentucky Derby: Womens Guide


We aren't afraid to go for those truly fun and embellished looks at Hats In The Belfry. We appreciate hats that are not just functional but fashionable, and love when we can help you accentuate the way your own style dances to the beat of its own drum. What better place for this than the Kentucky Derby? A derby outfit is incomplete without a little flair, after all. It adds all the right pizazz to a day of festive fun!     

Belfry Florette

              Belfry Larue

 Our collection of derby hats for women includes styles with wide brims, small brims, cloches, and fascinators with high-fashion details. A courageous choice could make you the belle of the ball. However, we also offer simple, demure styles if you aren't ready to go big and bold. No matter what you choose, it will be one-of-a-kind. Stand out in a Belfry Marjorie wide-brim dress hat with its romantic flowers made of feathers, or wear an eye-cathching facsinator, like the Belfry Larue, with lace trimming. There's no reason to be ordinary when you have an entire Women's Italia Collection to spruce up your derby look!


The Kentucky Derby, for those that may be unfamiliar, is the annual horse race at Churchill Downs, where famous horses race down the track and thousands of fans cheer on their favorite racers.

The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as "The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports" due to all the action unfolding in its two-minute window. Once the gate opens, the crowd goes wild while they watch the horses run around the track. 

But there's more to it than just those two thrilling minutes! The excitement often begins long before the first horse steps onto the track with a pageantry of style and fashion gathered to put their best foot (and hat) forward.

Even if you can't make it to the track, what could be better than a Kentucky Derby party to capture that colorful and exciting ambience?


Choosing the right dress and color combo is half the battle when planning your outfits at the Kentucky Derby, and you wouldn't be the first to find yourself in a quandary about buying the hat or outfit first.

If you want to make a STRIKING statement, purchase the hat first so that you can match it with your attire. Let your hat do most of the talking, and let the rest of your ensemble finish the job!

Belfry Loretta           Belfry Via

Sport this stunning wide-brim dress hat, Loretta from Giovannio, or try the Belfry Via featuring hand-painted brim with bold splashes of silver and black artfully layered onto its soft cyclamen-colored body. These headwear options complement and balance most of your derby day wardrobe choices. If you want to add a touch of bling to your derby outfit, then choose from our selection of hat accessories.  

If you're wearing clothing with a patterned print, incorporate one color from your outfit into your hat design. This helps keep your hat balanced as well as keep your outfit cohesive.

Want the drama but on a smaller scale go for the Ramona or Victoria fascinators. These classic shapes combined with the floral details makes thes options perfect for adding a festive touch to your derby outfits.


Springtime means new colors, blooms, warmer weather, and of course… Derby Day!

This year we're offering a collection of Derby hats styled for spring. From bright colors to stripes, these designs come in various shapes and sizes and will brighten your day. Grab them now while you still can.

These chic derby hats are crafted in our Italian millinery with handcrafted details such as hand-sewn flowers, satin ribbon bows, and pearl accents surely to make the perfect addition to your spring wardrobe.

It's time to get ready to show off your derby spirit! Explore our collection of Kentucky Derby Hats Now. If you need help finding the perfect hat to fit your style, browse our Belfry Women's Derby Hat Collections.

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