Top 5 Derby Hat Spots for Ladies

Prep your look for Down & Derby!

March 27, 2019

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Proudly wearing your Nick Foles (#ThankYouNick) jersey to the Super Bowl LII victory parade was as much a staple to a Philadelphian’s 2018 as is wearing your finest—dare I say gaudiest—hat to the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby site distinguishes the one and one-quarter mile race from other sporting events by its spectacle of hats.

Before picking the right hat, there are some things to think about. Do you want it to be the centerpiece of your outfit or do you want your clothing to do the talking? Does it flatter your face shape? According to Town and Country Mag, if you’re on the taller side, you should go for a wider brimmed hat (like this one).

With the Down and Derby Wine Festival on Saturday May 2nd at the Cooper River Park just around the corner, you may be scrambling to complete your best Derby look with the hat. But fear not ladies—here’s a list of the top 5 places to get your hat.

Hats in the Belfry​1824 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

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This small chain located on Chestnut Street has a hat for any occasion you could imagine. According to their website, they want you to go big and elaborate like this one but also offer options that are more understated but still eye catching like this one . While Derby hat trends are constantly changing, they are constantly pulling inspiration from classic traditions.

Goorin Bros. Hat Shop​ - 1427 Walnut St, Philadelphia

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Goorin Bros. Hat Shop is special in that they give you a true shopping experience for the exact hat you’re looking for, with a staff who are knowledgeable and eager to help. Their hats are classic to add that swanky edge to any outfit. Check out their website for a number of styles like this one that can class up any Derby dress.

Buffalo Exchange​ - 1520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

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Buffalo Exchange was founded so that customers could buy “hand-picked treasures.” The unique business model centered on the idea that the thrift store would also be a place to resell clothing so there’s always an eclectic variety in stores. The store located on Chestnut Street is a newer store that has diverse options. While there isn’t a specific Derby style section, it doesn’t hurt to check out what people are selling to Buffalo Exchange—you may find the perfect Derby hat that completes your look for the big day!

A.C. Moore - 100 S. Broad St, Philadelphia

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We always love a good DIY moment and A.C. Moore is the perfect place to get started! Grab your favorite fedora from that fedora phase you had (if not, you can find one on Amazon) and head over to Center City! They’ve got feathers like this, this, or that—depending on the look you’re going for. There’s plenty of flowers you can also choose from like these. A.C. Moore’s filled with everything a DIYer could dream of so the sky’s the limit with a self-designed hat for the Kentucky Derby.

Forever 21 - Fashion District, Philadelphia

Forever 21 has so much stuff that there’s no way that they wouldn’t have any Derby hats, right? Right. And they’re very reasonably priced. Head on over to the Chestnut Street store and find yourself a cute fedora or panama hat to polish off your outfit for Derby Day!


For all the fellas itching to find a hat, make sure to check out the Top 5 Place to Get Your Hat for Men and gear up for warm weather, mint juleps, and hat central!