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The Kentucky Derby is as famous for its hats as it is for its horses. There’s a tradition of show-stopping toppers, and plenty of magazines have spreads of the biggest and boldest—my favorite collection of completely outrageous hats is this slideshow on bustle—but the really interesting thing about this year’s derby hats is that some of them were actually wearable! Click the notes to see derby hats that you could wear in real life: to a summer wedding, to brunch, or to keep it glam at the beach. –– Laura Martin 

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Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter @LarMarStyle

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