15 Retro Derby Hats That Need To Make A Comeback

You see, the thing with trends is that they are hard to escape. Whether you’re talking about red carpet fashion, street wear, or yes, even the Kentucky Derby, you’re going to see trends of the time seep into what people are rocking. These 15 retro Kentucky Derby hats need to make a comeback in 2016 because this year is all about throwbacks.

With sneakers being worn with everything and trucker hats making the perfect accessory to top off your athleisure look, there’s no reason why these old derby trends can’t make an appearance this year, too. It is the Kentucky Derby, after all. If you ask me, this is definitely the place where anything goes, cooky hats and all.

In terms of Kentucky Derby style, these hats from decades past really were the best of the best. From extremely glamorous wide-brimmed ‘80s styles to hats full of feathers from the ‘00s, these are the derby accessories to beat. I absolutely wouldn’t mind seeing these make a repeat in 2016, especially since these years are trending so hard right now anyways. When it comes to retro derby fashion, these looks nail it — get ready for this walk down memory lane, even though these times don’t actually feel quite so distant at the moment.

1. Classy Wide Brim

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I mean, Beyoncé is making these cool again, after all.

2. Visors

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There's nothing like a classy visor for a day at the racetrack, you know?

3. Red Roses

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These are like the Kentucky Derby version of flower crowns, right?

4. Matchy, Matchy

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There's nothing quite like matching your hat to your outfit.

5. Pom-Poms

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This year, it needs to be all about the furry pom-poms.

6. Super Shady

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A hat like this is not only super glam, it's sure to protect you from the sun. That's a good two-for-one deal, if you ask me.

7. Feather Accent

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You can't go wrong with just a touch of festive feather-y accent.

8. Bold Color

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Now's the time to wear that color you thought you could never pull off!

9. Small Hats

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Instead of wearing something huge, you can also debut a cute, tiny hat instead.

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10. Fedora

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A fedora's always a classic choice.

11. Fringing


I could see fringe trim making its 2016 derby debut.

12. Wicker Hat

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Your fav '00s beach accessory could be just the thing the Kentucky Derby needs in 2016.

13. Bowler Hat

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A cute 1920s style is never a bad throwback option.

14. Minimal Color

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I wouldn't be surprised to see more understated colors and monochromatic looks this year.

15. Barely There

2016's derby goers may treat their hats like more of an accessory than ever before and sport some very retro pieces that are more fascinators than actual hats.

Retro styles or no, 2016's Kentucky Derby surely won't disappoint in terms of fashion. And, we’re off to the races!