Five New York City stores for buying the ultimate Kentucky Derby hat

Your Kentucky Derby party is not complete without an over-the-top hat from one of these NYC shops

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You don't have to head to Louisville in order appreciate Kentucky Derby style, as parties celebrating the classic horse race are happening all around New York City. If you're going out to watch the race, you have to dress the part, and we are, of course, talking about a big, bold hat worthy of Aretha Franklin at Obama's 2009 inauguration.

Need some help channeling your inner Southern belle? We found the best hat shops in New York City to help you discover the perfect head topper. And don't forget about the other important accessory for the day: a mint julep!

Barbara Feinman Millinery

Old-world glamour is de rigueur at the races, and Barbara Feinman offers plenty of options. The shop even offers a special Kentucky Derby Hat collection. 212-358-7092.

  1. 66 E 7th St between First and Second Aves
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Leah C. Couture Millinery

Ultra-glam and 100 percent Derby appropriate, Leah C. does not mess around when it comes to Southern-belle–worthy head dressing. 212-947-3505.

  1. 124 W 30th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, suite 203
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Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery

The beautiful creations at this Lower East Side shop are the epitome of fanciful elegance, which makes them a go-to for any Derby fan in New York. 212-965-9176.

  1. 134 Orchard St

The Hat Shop

This Soho store features elegant classics decked out in ribbons and bows. If you're looking to really invest in a hat, you'll find styles for as much as $900. 212-219-1445.

  1. 120 Thompson St at Prince St
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Ellen Christine Millinery

At this Chelsea shop, you'll find perfect Derby options like the Panama Spanish Rose hat ($105) and the Pollyanna hat ($160). Fun fact: The designer has fashioned hats for such runway shows as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jil Stuart and United Bamboo. 212-242-2457.

  1. 255 W 18th St

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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