Spring’s finally in full swing, and so is the greatest Southern event of the season: the Kentucky Derby. Any reason to get gussied up in a sweet sundress, pretty pumps, and classic pearls — and sip on a mint julep all day in the sunshine — is perfectly fine with us. ;) But our absolute favorite part of the Derby? The wide-brimmed beauties, retro cloches, and mile-high hats!
This year, we decided to Derby-fy our hats with our favorite batch of spring scarves. So grab your fanciest scarf and sun hat, and be sure to try out these easy-to-follow tutorials:
1. Wide Brim Wrap
- A large silk scarf (we used this Derby-inspired silk horshoe scarf)
- A wide brim hat
- Safety pins
Step 1: Lay the scarf flat.
Step 2: Starting at the corner, begin rolling the scarf.
Step 3: Once the first half of the scarf is rolled, begin rolling the opposite corner towards the middle of the scarf.
Step 4: Once the two rolled halves meet in the middle, pick up the scarf and smooth out any wrinkles.
Step 5: Wrap the rolled scarf snugly around the crown of the hat, making sure there’s an equal amount of the scarf left on both sides for tying.
Step 6: Tie the scarf ends together twice to form a neat knot.
Step 7: Use a few safety pins to hold the scarf in place. Just be sure to pin the under side of the scarf to the hat, so that no pins are visible.
And voilà! A classic Derby look for a lovely Southern Belle.
2. Cloche Crown
- A lightweight rectangular scarf (we used a sweet lace scarf)
- A cloche hat
- Safety pins
Step 1: Lay the scarf flat, and begin folding the scarf horizontally. Fold until the scarf is about 2″ wide.
Step 2: Wrap the folded scarf snugly around the crown of the hat, making sure there is an equal amount of the scarf left on both sides for tying.
Step 3: Tie the scarf ends together once, and then tie the remainder of the scarf into a bow.
Step 4: Use a few safety pins to hold the scarf in place. Just be sure to pin the under side of the scarf to the hat, so that no pins are visible.
Step 5: Fluff out the bow, and adjust it to your liking! We love letting the scarf ends hang over the brim. ;)
And there you have it — a very vintage-inspired Derby hat for a vintage-lovin’ lady!
3. Little Bow Peep
If you’re not a hat fan, we ♥ the idea of wearing a head scarf to the Derby instead! To learn how to tie the Little Bow Peep, watch our easy-to-follow video tutorial. You’ll be race-ready (and a stylish standout) in no time at all!
For more ways to tie a head scarf, be sure to check out our amazing Head Scarf Video Library!
And if you’re looking for a cute hat like the ones in this post, we found ours at Fedoras.com.