Mad Hatters

The 82nd running of the Canadian Derby is set for Saturday, August 20 at Northlands Park.  The Derby was once an important piece of the Edmonton sports scene and over the past two years has once again become a must-see sports, social and fashion event.  The Canadian Derby offers a $300,000 purse, the highest in Canada west of Woodbine in Toronto and has much of the glamour and pagentry of the Kentucky Derby.

2010 Canadian Derby

L and I were lucky to hang out in a private in-field tent last year because of a charity event we were organizing.  This year, L’s Dad will be in town and we plan to finally learn exactly what a trifecta, exacta and quiniela is.

Derby day is an opportunity for us to wear a party dress with a fabulous hat.  It is considered good luck to wear a hat to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  Party website offers these tips when shopping for your derby outfit:

* If your hat is having a pattern party, keep the dress design simple.
* If the hat is simple and elegant, keep the outfit simple also for a classy look.
* If you want a funky outfit, keep it consistent and accent the hat most of all!
* If you have long hair, showcase a ponytail slightly to side or keep it down to one side to highlight the color on your face.

Last year 2 of my friends made me a fascinator using black mesh and peacock feathers.  I have been lusting after Kate Middleton’s red fascinator worn on Canada Day and am on the hunt for something more elaborate this year.  Head Case – A Hat Store located on both Whyte Avenue and 124 Street are great spots to start shopping.  They custom make fascinators to match your dress. 

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Happy hat shopping!  See you at the Derby!


One Response to “Mad Hatters”
  1. ykgirl says:

    Perfect timing! I’m on the hunt for a hat for my sister’s wedding shower; we’re having a ‘high tea’ theme!

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