Floppy Fashion: 20 Fabulous Derby Hats

High fashion and fast horses at the 2013 Kentucky Derby

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 4, 2013 4:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Kentucky Derby is known as much for hats and high fashion as it is for fast horses. This year, rains are swamping Churchill Downs, but fans on the infield are still holding their heads—and their hats—high. Bigger and bolder is the rule for hats that often dwarf their owners. Here's a gallery of Kentucky Derby headwear.

A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Miss American 2013 Mallory Hagan arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Miss American 2013 Mallory Hagan arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Rene Dailey, from Wilmington, N.C., shows off her fancy hat before the running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs Friday, May 3, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Rene Dailey, from Wilmington, N.C., shows off her fancy hat before the running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs Friday, May 3, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Ready For Love actress Angela Zatopek arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
"Ready For Love" actress Angela Zatopek arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Model Coco Rocha arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Model Coco Rocha arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Spectators arrive with fancy hats to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Spectators arrive with fancy hats to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Author Nora Roberts arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Author Nora Roberts arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Country singer Miranda Lambert arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Country singer Miranda Lambert arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Actress Jane Seymour arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Actress Jane Seymour arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Desirae Masterson, from Indianapolis, Ind., with her hat covered in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain, shares a mint julep with her husband Ray before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
Desirae Masterson, from Indianapolis, Ind., with her hat covered in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain, shares a mint julep with her husband Ray before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Willy Weaver, from Albany, Ga., walks through the paddock area before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Willy Weaver, from Albany, Ga., walks through the paddock area before the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
James Cowherd, center, from Las Vegas, Nev., poses for photos with other spectators before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
James Cowherd, center, from Las Vegas, Nev., poses for photos with other spectators before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A spectator drinks chapagne with her fancy hat during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
A spectator drinks chapagne with her fancy hat during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Model and television personality Bonnie Jill Laflin arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Model and television personality Bonnie Jill Laflin arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
A spectator arrives with her fancy hat to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Country singer Luke Bryan arrives with his wife Caroline to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Country singer Luke Bryan arrives with his wife Caroline to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Tim Rask, from Iowa City, Iowa, shows off his fancy hat with Theresa Klingenberg before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.
Tim Rask, from Iowa City, Iowa, shows off his fancy hat with Theresa Klingenberg before the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Tamara Sorrell, from Austin, Texas, wears a fancy hat in the paddocks before the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky.
Tamara Sorrell, from Austin, Texas, wears a fancy hat in the paddocks before the 138th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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