Your spring social calendar is in full bloom. Here are six hats, suitable for every occasion in your agenda. These designer chapeaux are so pretty that even if you’ve never worn a hat, you will soon realize, that, yes, you can wear a hat and have fun with it.
Weddings! June ushers in wedding season, with bridal showers, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Whether you’re in the wedding party or a guest, you’ll want to plan out perfectly polished outfits. Consider a trip to Suzanne Couture Millinery in the city for custom-made hats for special occasions. Here, model McKensi Donner wears the rust yellow Sinamay hat, trimmed with self leaves, peps and curly cues. (Price upon request; www.suzannnehats.com). Photograph by Jeffrey C. Meyer
Kentucky Derby! May 7 is circled on your calendar and you’re watching the races or attending a Derby party. This southern horse racing event is an opportunity for we northern ladies to show off our style with a new spring outfit: dress, bag, shoes, and, most important, extravagant hat with feathers, bows and every kind of brim under the sun. Consider this August Hat, “To the Races Floral Downbrim,” in mint to complement your mint julep ($130, Nordstrom.com). Image courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.
Old Bags Luncheon! On May 12 plan to put your high-end designer handbags to good use by donating them for auction at the annual fundraiser for the Greenwich YWCA. The luncheon and fashion show draw fashionable ladies, and the hats are always elaborate and ultra-feminine. Have fun! We like the Giovannio Bow-Accented Fascinator ($98; lordandtaylor.com). See more at www.ymcagreenwich.org and www.oldbagsluncheon.com
Polo! From June through September, we know where to find you: Greenwich Polo Club. The Monty Waterbury Cup, named for James “Monty” Waterbury, is one of the oldest and most prestigious tourneys; and it’s been hosted by GPC for more than fifteen years. For the Butler Handicap (June 26-July 17) and East Coast Open (August 28-September 11) be sure to don your proper dress hat. You are photo-op ready in the gorgeous Bruno Cucinelli Natural Wide Brim Monili Trim Straw Hat all summer long ($1,045, mitchellsstores.com)
Memorial Day Parade! On May 30 head down to Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich for the annual town parade, which kicks off at the Firehouse at 9 a.m. Get the kids in the stroller and head out in a breezy outfit topped with a sun-blocking Lurex Wide Brim Hat in silver ($128; vineyardvines.com).
Ahoy! For the first time in nearly 100 years, the America’s Cup yacht race returns to New York Harbor. On May 7 and 8 cross your fingers for the perfect amount of sun and breeze for spectacular racing and to flaunt your sun-lounging style with any hat by Eugenia Kim, though you might appreciate the nautical colors of the Sunny Colorblock Sun Hat ($455, eugeniakim.com and www.saks.com).
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