MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS® Derby Hat Countdown – 70 of 101

The Derby Hat Countdown continues featuring 101 Derby hats created by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®!

Today we are featuring Hat #70, the Chelsea of the Black and White Polka Dots! This hat can be found in Salon 3 of the Derby Hat Collection at

Blog-DerbyHatCountdownPoster-2015-70HatsMany of my customers tell me they consider the Chelsea their favorite hat; the brim is not too big, the crown is not too tall and everything about her feels just right. I often hear the words, “She’s perfect!”

A couple of years ago, I decided that I would combine the Chelsea style with one of my favorite things: polka dots! I have written blogs about my passion for these dots. (You can read the blog posts from 2013 at Polka Dots Debut on the Red Carpet and Connecting the Dots.)

Large dots, small dots, white dots, red dots, any-color-dots; polka dots make me smile!

I found the perfect black and white cotton for the Chelsea with a medium sized dot. I then took bright red dupioni silk to create a dazzling scarlet underbrim for contrast, added a simple red taffeta sash, double bow and button, and the new Chelsea was complete. In just the right light, you can actually see the polka dots right through the red silk when the wearer’s face is upturned. It’s a magical polka dot surprise for anyone who loves these animated little spots as much as I do!

Blog-ChelseaDer60-024DFor more views of the Chelsea chapeau shown above, please visit the Chelsea hat webpage.

And don’t forget to visit our Derby Hat Collection offering four new Derby hat salons this year featuring Big Brims, Extra Wide Brims, Flappers/Medium Brims, Fascinators, Cocktail Hats and Cloches.

Thank you for visiting us here at Hats and Horses for Hat 70 of our Derby Hat Countdown.

Just 69 Derby chapeaux and 69 days to go ’til the 141st Kentucky Derby!

Your Derby Trivia Question for today – Who was Majestic Prince’s arch rival in the 1969 Derby, Preakness and Belmont?

The answer can be found at the following link – Derby Hats.

‘Til next time, on to the Derby!



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