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Superwomen, are any of you like me? Do you have an infatuation with the Kentucky Derby and all of the fashion and elegance (if that’s what you want to call it) present at the track for the two minute infamous horserace? You may not even pay any attention whatsoever to the Derby; however, I can’t help but wonder how all of those women feel in their attire for the Derby. You know there is something to be said about getting all “gussied up” — makes a girl feel empowered — you know like a superwoman!! And then, just add some heels, and SHAZAM, SUPERWOMAN, let me hear you roar!
So, for those of you who might be interested in this eccentric fashion status that must be adhered to at the Kentucky Derby, here’s a bit of trivia and history for you…
Fashion has always been and still is very much a mainstay at the Kentucky Derby. This originated from the founder, Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr. who had attended races in England and France around 1872 and wanted to establish something similar in the United States. Races were a mainstay for British and French women; however, it was unsure that American women would be interested in the event in that horse racing in general was known for the gambling and drinking sometimes displayed and this would not attract American women… fancy that!
So, Clark and his wife solicited the women of Louisville to attend the first race and picnic with their friends and in an effort to position the event for appropriate fashion the dress attire was dubbed, “full morning dress” for both men and women! The women who attended for the purpose of having a picnic with friends all wore their hats and gloves for the event. As time evolved and more races took place, the women “ditched” the gloves but the hats have remained and boy have they remained!
In the 1960’s, as fashion rules and etiquette across the nation began to relax a bit, the hats began to take on a life of their own. The hats began to become more and more extreme in that, for the most part, ladies didn’t always wear hats; therefore, they enjoyed, and still do to this day, going to the extreme like really big brims and really bold colors and hues! Today, “going all the way” is considered a standard and we/they love the attention and the empowerment that the hat gives!! As well, other events have begin to dun the “big, fashionable hats” i.e. William and Kate’s wedding — perfect example! Now, you have to admit… who can not but help enjoying looking at all of the eccentric hats?? I love them!!
So, tomorrow as you watch the first of the Triple Crown, wear your “big hat” proudly and you too, SUPERWOMAN, will feel the empowerment and the attitude it gives you… You are mighty!!
If your having a “Derby Party,” this might be for you… I have included a link to a set of Kentucky Derby photo props that you might need for some great laughs! All you need to do is cut them out and glue them to a popsicle stick and they are ready to use!
Have fun SUPERWOMAN!
Happy Derby Day and let me see your hats!