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Horse race headdress got its start at the grand races in Great Britain such as the Royal Ascot. However, when the Kentucky Derby began in 1875, the trend crossed the pond. 

So, channel your inner Kate Middleton and choose a chic fascinator. Or maybe a floppy sunhat or fedora will help you put your best face forward at Steeplechase at the Carolina Horse Park this year. 

If you want to get a little more creative, there’s a contest every year for “Best Hat.” As time creeps closer to Steeplechase, check out local stores for beautiful hats to adorn and add a little more "oomph" to your sundress or trendy outfit. Local small business Rhudy's Jewelry will consult on what hat will suit your personal style and place the order for you.

Now you're ready to go off to the races!