Making Plans for Kentucky Derby 2013 and Shopping for a Hat? Three Tips Before You Go Hat Shopping
By Diane Watts Roy
Derby hats have long been a tradition at horse racing tracks, and perhaps the event that represents this best is Louisville's Kentucky Derby. The first Saturday in May thousands of people visit the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, KY, wearing their finest attire which is only complete with a well-coordinated hat! If you are going to the Kentucky Derby 2013, you'll see all types of hats. Flapper hats, bowler hats, berets, trilby and bucket hats, straw hats, wool and linen hats, feathered and flowered hats and plain and simple ones, too.
If you are shopping for a hat to wear to the Kentucky Derby you may find that it can be quite an ordeal. Finding just the right hat often takes time and effort. Before you buy your hat for the Kentucky Derby, here are 3 things to keep in mind.
Match Your Outfit to Your Hat. It is often much easier to find a good looking outfit than it is to find a hat that fits you just right. If you are really in love with a hat but aren't sure what you are going to wear with it - throw caution to the wind and buy the hat. You have far more options in terms of clothing than you do in terms of hats.
Don't Break the Bank on a Hat. If you fall in love with a gorgeous hat that is far outside of your budget, wait before you pull out your credit cards. While there is something to be said for having a hat you adore, hats aren't typically considered good investments. Many people buy a hat only to wear it one time and you'll likely take a loss if you try to sell a hat second hand. Before you go broke on a hat that you think you can't resist, keep shopping around. You are bound to find one that you like that is more affordable.
If You Really Don't Like Hats, You Really Do Have Other Options. While it is true that many people (especially women) wear hats to the Kentucky Derby and you might feel out of place without something on your head, there are alternatives to hats that are perfectly acceptable. Decorated headbands with matching ribbons and feathers have increased in popularity in recent years and provide a much welcomed option for those who do not want to wear a hat to the Kentucky Derby.
If you are planning on going to the 2013 Kentucky Derby, there are plenty of things to do to get ready. Aside from figuring out your ticket situation - whether you are going general admission or securing box seating, its a good time to start making other travel plans.
If you are visiting Louisville from out of town and plan to arrive by air, you'll want to make your flight arrangements as soon as possible to maximize your options and reduce your expenses.
If you are looking for a place to stay during your visit to Louisville, Kentucky, why not consider renting a spacious and beautiful house near Churchill Downs?
Plan to eat out after a full day at the tracks? You'll want to consider making dinner reservations in advance, too, and maybe planning some other site seeing opportunities while visiting Louisville. Favorite places to go in the city include the Slugger Museum, the Frazier History Museum and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, all conveniently located in downtown Louisville.
Diane Watts-Roy is a Louisville local and co-owner of Louisville Derby Rentals, a house rental company offering premium housing rentals to visitors attending Louisville's Kentucky Derby. Specializing in large, comfortable and elegant rental homes situated close to the Churchill Downs racetrack, Louisville Derby Rentals offers a wide range of accommodations to serve individuals and groups of all sizes. Find out how to list or rent a house for the Kentucky Derby at http://www.louisvillederbyrentals.com today!
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