WVStyleTeam: What's the best advice you would give to a lady putting together a look for a Derby party?
Fioravante: Don't take yourself too seriously. Derby hats should make you smile, whether you are wearing one or seeing one being worn. You can't go wrong with a simple sheath dress and a flamboyant hat.
Let the pros do the work
Don't have the desire or time for DIY? Are designer or ready-to-wear hats more your style?
Check out Yarid's on Bridge Road, Penny Fioravante's designs at House of Luxe or Dressmaker's Closet, and there are many options online for your hat needs.
Amazon is always an option (hooray for free shipping!). Etsy has many options at a variety of prices, although you should allow plenty of lead time for shipping. Nordstrom has an entire section of its site devoted to hats, with free and fast shipping.
Designer digs could run you a pretty penny, but there are budget-conscious options too. Some hats like the BCBG Pretty Bow Fascinator and select August Hat designs will set you back $38. Other August Hat and Nordstrom designs can cost upwards of $120. There are a few Kate Spade hats available for $78 to $88, while an Eric Javits Maribel Sun Hat is $295. There are options on a variety of budgets and to fit a variety of styles and events.
Final fashion thought: Split the difference. As Penny mentioned, a simple dress paired with a flamboyant hat is great, and I would say that the opposite is be true. If your dress or outfit has a lot going on -- lots of colors, patterns -- I would go with a simple headpiece. A simple fascinator or a classic large-brimmed hat with a simple ribbon or one flower or bow.
Remember, there is such thing as too much. You want to draw attention in a fashionable and fantastic way.
Fashion homework: We want to see your hat selections or DIY creations. Post them on Twitter and tag us -- @wvstyleteam. What's the point in putting in the work if you can't show it off?
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