One of the coolest things about the Kentucky Oaks, other than the fact that it's the day before Derby and attracts more of a hometown crowd (although that doesn't make it any calmer, smaller, or less fun), is that Churchill Downs has started using it as an occasion to promote breast cancer awareness. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink, there is a parade of breast cancer survivors on the track before the Oaks stakes race that day, and the flower blanket for the winner is made of gorgeous stargazer lilies.
So with that in mind, today's theme is pink. Here's my inspiration hat, found in a local department store.
What caught my eye with this hat was the great contrast of the black against the pink, which helps the hat be more sophisticated than girly. And those thin feathers swooping out of the flower are like a little exclamation of "yeah, I know I'm fabulous".
I suppose that pink/black contrast is one that resonates for me, because I made this necklace recently for ZNet Shows. Also a feminine, but not too cutesy, take on pink.
And because just one hat per day is not nearly enough, here are a few more ways people interpreted the "pink" theme:
|Why, yes, that is a hat with Barbie on it. And yes, Barbie is wearing a hat also.|
|Even the bird has a hat on this hat!|