The Kentucky Derby is just a week away! Though we live many states away from the actual event, we still have the urge to celebrate it in style, which can only mean one thing: fabulous hats!
We checked in with coworker and milliner Izzie, who kindly shared her hat-trimming expertise with us. She brought in several of her undecorated hats and used ribbons and millinery trims from our Ribbon Room to create several different looks.
The first hat was hand blocked from a natural color straw braid, and features a rounded crown and wide, curved brim. Working in a rich red color palette, Izzie selected millinery roses & berries, vintage ribbon, and veiling for trimmings. She created a wide, layered bow from the ribbon as a base, formed a second bow from the veiling, and then nestled the roses and berries into the center of the bows. The resulting look is bold and lush, without going over-the-top.
The second hat was blocked as a cloche from a raffia-like, vintage yellow straw. To enhance the cheery hue, Izzie chose trimmings in sunny tones, including picot-edge vintage ribbon, leaves, and two styles of flowers. She began by encircling the base of the crown with the ribbon and tying it into a multi-looped bow. After arranging the flowers and leaves, she affixed them atop the bow. The final look is a sweet and simple monochrome topper, perfect for wearing indoors or out!
The crown and brim of the third hat were blocked from two different straws. In keeping with the color palette provided by the two straws, Izzie selected trimmings with a neutral feel. Green leaves, little mushrooms, pale yellow black-eyed susans, and a brown poppy all lend to a more natural look. The final arrangement is chic and modest, and would look at home at a derby party, a garden party, or rowing a boat on a sunny summer afternoon.
For those with a more subdued sense of style, Izzie also shared the perfect simple way to trim a hat: ribbon! For this straw fedora, she chose a vintage striped ribbon. The varied stripes in five colors look especially smart when tied in a clever knot.
Will you be attending a Derby party? What kind of hat will you wear? Share the details with us in the comments below!