This Past Sunday I attend my 3rd Hats and Horseshoe event at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto for the prestigious 157th ‘Queens Plate‘. I wore one of my favorite 1940s Vintage hat that I had previously worn the first time I attended this event (but with limited pictures) so I thought I would give it a spin again with a different outfit. Here is the hat with my gorgeous friend Steph and her Hat.
Before I get into the post I wanted to share some images from that day of my well dressed Toronto Vintage Society Friends & Family (My parents are on each end of the image).
This lovely couple of friends pictured below, are very talented sewers and tend to make all their own outfits for their adventures. Andrea created this outfit (the hat she made herself) as an ode to My Fair Lady and you can read all about it at her blog ‘PhysicsGirl on the Loose‘.
The hubby and I. My dress is 1950s Vintage from Flash Back Vintage in Toronto, my vintage Lucite basket-weave purse was purchased (after 4 years of dreaming about it) from Cabaret vintage. Hat vintage 1940s from a friend and vintage Lucite ‘L’ pin from the Toronto Vintage Clothing Show.
3 of the guys made it into the Top 10 of the Best Dressed Men’s Comp (#82 #21 & in the blue suit with boater).
And another friend (#62) made it into the finals for the women (there were around 160 entries that they brought down to 60).
Now on to today’s post. I was so inspired by what I saw at the race and by the image below that I thought I would scour the internet for quirky and beautiful vintage hats that one could wear to a horse race event.
Let the Hat Race Begin!
This 1930s vintage hat SCREAMS Horse Races does it not? I love the Lucite oriental hair stick on the front.
Vintage toy tilt hat from the 1930s or 1940s in black and white, made by Austelle. I love the train and the bow at the end that keeps the hat on your head. Small and cute and a bit quirky exactly what I’m looking for.
Stylish vintage 1930s tilt hat.
1930s Quirky Tilt hat to the max! This will get you noticed, that is for sure.
Because I love Cherries- 1940s Tilt hat with Cherries and a cool top Knot (click on image for more views of this hat).
Horse Race Hat WIN! This 1940s “peek-a-boo” hat will get you noticed, fall in the quirky category and keep the sun off your head and that colour…gorgeous!
The green in this 1940s vintage hat makes it so unique.
Oh my goodness…..Vintage 1940s hat, blue straw tilt. This is simply marvelous and super fun! And my absolute favorite so far.
Dior’s New Look is excellent for making a statement when you head to your seat. The brim reminds me a bit of the song “Surrey with the Fridge on Top” from Oklahoma, don’t you agree?
I find 1950s hats could sometimes head into the most interesting direction with their styles, like this lovely AND Quirky 50s Floral skull cap.
As I end the hat section I’m going to post my bucket list hat which is actually not vintage at all, but is just so stunningly beautiful. Sigh..Want so bad….
Lastly, For a great blog post that showcased many of the hat styles seen at the Queen Plate this past Sunday, check out the blog ‘Hats by Anne‘. You just might see myself in there as well.
Question Time: Would you go with Quirky or Elegant for a hat to the races? Or maybe you would combine the styles together? Let me know.