Derby Hats- From Prestige to Fashion Statement

Once a year you’ll find something a bit more interesting than the horses at Oaklawn – the Derby Hats.  When horse racing started in Kentucky in the early 1900’s, track owner Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., knew the women viewed horse racing as “seedy” so he marketed the races as a fashion event.  He established a dress code which required “full morning dress” for men and women.  Women were required to wear gloves and hats with their dresses.

Although the dress code has evolved over the decades the hats remained a constant.  Going all out gained admiration and attention. The higher the better?  The more feathers the better?  It is up to you how fancy or extreme you want to go.  Be prepared to see heads (and hats) turn at the Arkansas Derby! Our Derby is April 15, the last day of live racing at Oaklawn this year. The days leading up to the Derby finds great races and horses at Oaklawn, including the $650,000 Apple Blossom on Friday April 14.

We’d love to welcome you to Lookout Point for a wonderful getaway during the week-long Arkansas Derby festivities. Book online or call us at 501-525-6155. We hope to see you soon during this gorgeous time of year.