We’re going to let you in on a little secret here: the Kentucky Derby has little to do with horses. Shocking, right? So, what is it really about? The hats, of course! Since the beginning of time, Southern belles have been frolicking at Churchill Downs in the biggest, baddest, floppiest hats this side of the Mississippi. Why? Because legend has it that wearing a hat at the tracks is good luck, and who are we to argue? So, if you’re headed to Derby Day this weekend, remember one very important mandate: No shoes, no shirt, no hat — no service. Get our drift?
Click on the gallery above for 11 Kentucky Derby hats that are sure to come in first.