Kentucky Derby Hats Always in Fashion

May 1, 2004

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It's Derby day! And you know what that means -- horse racing, mint juleps, and women in gigantic hats! "Derby Fashion Goes To Their Heads" is a fun article that talks about the time, effort, and money that goes into creating hats for Derby regulars:
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A century ago, the hats were practical, designed to shield fair complexions from the sun. Now, they're an excuse to strut. Fashion tip of the day: Big is good. Bigger is better. "Any other time of the year, you'd feel like you were in costume," says Debbie Myers, a banker from Anchorage, Ky., in her early 40s. "Or you'd feel like you were a package all wrapped up with a bow." Drawing those oohs and aahs can cost anywhere from $50 for a department-store hat to $1,500 for a designer original.

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