Kentucky Derby Hat Tradition

Kentucky Derby always catches people’s attention by some interesting horse names, mint juleps, and incredible headgear. It’s also known as an occasion of relaxation. From paying tribute to southern classics to amusing creativity, hats at Derby come in various styles, shapes and colours under the sun or even a light spring drizzle. In case the Kentucky Derby is on your bucket list, perhaps an exquisite headpiece is needed, because a hat could make or screw the trip. It’s necessary to know about some Kentucky Derby hat traditions, so that one could choose an appropriate hat to enjoy the exciting two minutes in sports.

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Meriwether Lewis Clark, the founder of Kentucky Derby, visited London and Paris in 1872. After witnessed two impressing  European longest-running derbies, Clark made a great decision  and returned to America, carrying the vision of thriving America’s race tracks. At that time, horse races in the States were taken as a sign of brutish and low-class entertainments like gambling and boxing. What he would like to do was to attract the richest people to the racetracks. He took pains to transform the poor reputation of the tracks into a fashion and elegant place.

What did he do to reach the purpose? He asked all his female friends to dress their best clothes and pasted post on his wagon while he drove around the town by telling all they got off to have a picnic at the racetrack. After a short term, the tracks turned to a place to see and be seen. All people attended such activities in their best. Since then, hats have swept then fashion circles and persisted.

How these traditions evolved with time? 

Nowadays, exaggerate and flamboyant hats occur to most people when it comes to Derby, Nevertheless, such traditions are derived from the founding of the races. In recent years, they have been developed towards the loud and gargantuan. Race-goers didn’t wear hats to horse races until the 1960s. After that time, they used to rock over-the-top or ridiculous headpieces. Partially, such traditions’ thriving lie in the relaxation of social norms; live television also played an important role in the cross-country craze. Since then, all female had more reason and occasions to be exceptional in the crowds.

Fashionistas credited those iconic hats of celeberities like then First Lady Jackie Onassis and Audrey Hepburn as inspiration for many Derby hats at that time. Certainly, casual fishing hats‘ characteristics were not consistent with vibes of such occasions. Up to now, huge and gargantuan hats turn to a fixture of the races while they are not necessary accessories over the past few decades. However, eye-catching hats at the royal wedding facilitate a huge comeback of headpieces at the Kentucky Derby. Then, gimmicky hats turn prominent at the Derby, too. More and more toys and interesting headpieces will come into sight of the public. It is also a visual feat. When it refers to hats, race-goers have created many classic and eye-catching looks.

Hat Cultures and Local Customs

In England, you can see that many social customs have something to do with hats. If a male guest visits his friend, he must take off his hat when he enters the room. If you go to dinner with relatives and friends, you should not only take off your hat when you enter the restaurant, but also hang it up or put it on a chair next to you, not on the table.When you meet an acquaintance in the street, if you are a woman, you just have to do is nod, smile or say hello to that person, but if you are a man, you will normally take off your hat when you meet an acquaintance.

The custom of taking off hats to show respect is also reflected in the English language. For example, the idiom “hat in hand” in English means “very respectful”. Another idiom “take one’s hat off to (someone)” literally means “to take off one’s hat” and its extension means “to admire someone.” In addition, the British have a black dome hat, English name a bowler hat (supposedly designed in 1950 by a London hatter named JohnBowler), popular among gentlemen and businessmen, and has become a symbol of the status of British men. If anyone wears a black, new “bowler hat”, he will be respected by others, on the contrary, a man wearing the old “bowler” will be looked down upon. There is the word “bad hat” in English, meaning “bad guy,” and when it comes to what’s black, (as black as a hat), says “black like a hat” (as black as a hat), wants to have something to do with the black dome hat.

There was a rule in Parliament that members of Parliament must not wear a hat in the chamber and must wear a hat when they speak. As a result, many members entered the Chamber without their heads and spoke with a public hat prepared by the Chamber.Then, in the debate on a question, you can see a hat coming from the speaker. When the competition was fierce, hats were flying in the air, with whistles and stomping, as if playing a non-drumming game. What’s more, whether the congressman’s head is large or small, he has to wear the same hat, which often causes laughter.

Hat is not only an indispensable material requirement in the life of many nationalities, but also one of the important folklore customs.In addition to the official hat dress system, there are also some folk customs, such as etiquette, faith, ornamental and practical customs.

Hats play a role in indicating gender, age, and marital status in custom. Wearing hats in some parts of Angola is the prerogative of unmarried men, while unmarried women in the town of Coredad, Uruguay wear hats. Brazil Nagens City female hat left means unmarried, the right means married, if the hat to the forehead implies divorce or widowhood. In some mountains of Poland, hats are a token of a girl’s lover; but in Yugoslavia, they are a sign of a broken relationship between young men and women. In Belmez, Spain, hats are worn only when babies are born, and in Cuba’s San Gena river basin, a week of mourning comes only when a loved one is dead.

Therefore, wearing a hat is very fastidious, otherwise there will be a cultural conflict.

Anglo-American Hat Cultures

Western women wear more formal clothes with a hat, especially in the upper classes of England.Because the British royal family and aristocrats retain many traditional rituals, such as Queen Elizabeth II, who routinely holds banquets and tea parties in the Royal Garden every year, entertaining all walks of life and important foreign guests.On such occasions, the men were dressed in black out of politeness, holding their hats in their hands or standing in the garden without their heads, while the women wore a hat. Women’s hats are not only a requirement of etiquette, but also a symbol of status, but their hats are not the same as men’s.

In old England, slaves often took off their hats and held them in hands to show respect for their master. According to English custom, when visiting people, they usually take off their hats and hold them in their hands. If you hang a hat on a coat rack, it means staying.Therefore, hang up one’s hat is commonly used in spoken English to mean “settle down” or “stop working.” It is also often used to describe people who are too casual to act as masters in other people’s homes, often sarcastically. For example, she thought her father-in -law was just staying for the weekend, but he is really hung up his hat.Old English people used to wear hats. As the fashion of hats varies from time to time, they are often out of date before they are worn out. Women, in particular, usually wear and dress, and often spend a lot of time on their hats, lest they be laughed at out-of-date.For example, everything he told me was old hat. I have heard it a hundred times before.

The history of this idiom can be traced back to England in the 17th century. At that time, clergy, lawyers, judges and scholars have the habit of wearing hats. They are regarded as thinkers. English is called “thinking men”. They are said to wear hats that help them think, so they are known as thinking cap. In court, when the judge is ready to sentence the death penalty, wear a cap as usual and seriously consider it, and then announce the sentence.The idiom dates back to the late 19th century when the Western United States lost its habit of throwing a hat on the floor as a sign of a fight.For example, the girl is quite capable of deserting you whenever she feels like it at the drop of a hat.

In old America and Europe, when a man did something worthy of praise or praise, people often took off his hat and admired it. Although many people in modern society no longer wear hats, this practice is no longer available, but the usage is gradually accepted by the public.

It’s said that Indians and other peoples in the Americas have been popular with the custom of putting a feather on their hat as a symbol of honor in battle. The idiom “a feather in somebody’s cap” has been produced in English. Although this practice has a long history, it still has its image meaning. It means “someone is proud, something to boast about or a mark of honor, etc.”

British Traditional Hat Cultures

Hat culture is one of the traditional British cultures, which also represents the British attachment and love to the hat. Hat is not only an indispensable decoration for ladies, but also a symbol of social status according to aristocratic tradition.

If an Englishman likes to wear a hat, and then we have one thousand reasons to talk about Queen Elizabeth II, who has a special fondness for the hat. According to rough statistics, she has already worn about 5000 hats, and every suit must have a matching hat. In other words, when the Queen wore a hat, it is a substitute for a certain crown to some extent, and the hat was not just an ornament, but a majesty. The Queen’s hat is known for its bright and bold colors, she often wears such a hat to attend some official events. Her everlasting beautiful hat has also been leading the fashion of the high-class society in the UK.

In fact, to pack a hat will take lots of tines than to pick a dress. Hat is necessary in an important occasion in England, especially women, the hat is not only a decoration but also a status symbol.In Britain, a matching hat makes them feel better. Hat can be said to be a spacial field where the British ladies can pursue the fashion in a unique way. Not only do British ladies love hats, so do English gentlemen. An English man who visits a friend will take off his hat when he enters the living room. If you go to dinner, hang your hat or put it on the nearest chair after you enter the restaurant.

Why are hats so popular in Britain? It is said that this is due to the special climate in England. It is our impression that the traditional English gentleman always holds a long-handled black umbrella because the weather in England is fickle. Compared to umbrellas, the hat is more convenient to carry, if it rains, the hat can withstand sudden drizzle. When the weather is fine, it doesn’t rain, but the harsh ultraviolet rays are tough, wearing a wide-eared cap can keep the sun out. In addition, the British winter cold, wearing a hat is one of the measures to keep warm. In addition to the weather, wearing a hat on your head can give you a condescending sense of superiority and good decoration.Today, the weather is no longer a major factor in Britons’ love of hats, but the hats are preserved as an important accessory to the British, and even if women in Britain enter a room without rain, sunshine, or comfort, and still love the pretty hat, so the hat is becoming a very important vane in the British fashion world.

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