Ladies and gents, the 141st Kentucky Derby officially starts tomorrow. And whether you're headed to the fields or hosting a viewing party, one thing's for sure: you have to look festive. The most important accessory? Your hat. It may be a little too late to DIY your own accessory, but it’s definitely never too late to quickly buy an affordable last minute Kentucky Derby hat.
A few things (read: lots) might have changed since the first derby almost 150 years ago, but the clothing styles haven’t been altered much. Many Kentucky Derby attendees still wear beautiful, classic dresses to the big event, along with a large sun hat for shade (and style). Even if you’re nowhere near Kentucky, you can definitely still have fun watching the event at home. From whipping up your own mint juleps for guests to playing drinking games while watching the derby on TV with them, there are countless ways to still feel like you're right in the stands.
Drinks and drinking games aside, the most important thing to have with you is a hat. With less than 24 hours before the big kick-off, you don't have much time to find the perfect hat. If you’re looking for an affordable, but cute hat to shop last minute, here are 9 hats that you can get ASAP without breaking your wallet.
1. Bucket Hat
The concave edges adds a nice classy vibe. (Straw Bucket Hat, $12.90, forever21.com)
2. Straw Hat
It may seem like more of a beach hat, but this versatile piece is great when paired with a bright dress. (Contrast-Trimmed Floppy Straw Hat, $14.90, forever21.com)
3. Wide-Brimmed Hat
The wide-brimmed hat is big enough to shade you and your friends. (Wide-Brim Straw Floppy Hat, $15.90, forever21.com)
4. Structured Floppy Straw Hat
If you're looking for something more structured, but still with that floppy look, this is a great option. (Floppy Wide-Brim Straw Hat, $14.90, forever21.com)
5. Floppy Peach Hat
This floppy hat adds a nice pop of color under the brim. ('Lagoon' Floppy Hat, $38, nordstrom.com)
6. Cognac Floppy Hat
This multicolored floppy hat works perfectly with the cognac sash. Match it with a cognac belt on your dress for a great complete look. (Women's Floppy Brim Hat With Thin Cognac Sash - Natural, $14.99, target.com)
7. Bright Coral Floppy Hat
This hat would be great with your favorite summer dress (Women's Floppy Brim Hat With Bow Ribbon Sash - Coral, $16.99, target.com)
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