Best Kentucky Derby Hats 2012 [PHOTOS]
At the Kentucky Derby, the Hat is the Thing
One of the biggest highlights of the Kentucky Derby is rubber-necking at over-the-top hats women wear to celebrate the festivities.
We've rounded up the best Kentucky Derby hats for 2012, a mix of oversized, extravagant and simple alike.
What's the history of the Kentucky Derby hat?
The Kentucky Derby website notes that the hats are "part Southern tradition, part spectacle," and the hat parade "is much of what makes 'The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports' one of the greatest people-watching events in the world!"
One thing's for sure, the Kentucky Derby hats don't have much to do with practicality, as much as most are simply screaming for attention.
MSNBC took a look what goes into a Derby hat, with hat maker Christine Moore discussing the horse race fashion, noting, "Hats are the derby, really. Other than horses."
Moore calls the Derby hat "the supreme thing," and shares that prices run the gamut, with some of her creations ranging between $450 and $675.