Race Day Style: Hats at the North Dakota Horse Park

The North Dakota Horse Park was open last weekend and I spent a gorgeous Saturday drinking beer, sitting the sun and watching my husband and my brother-in-law Andy play the ponies.

North Dakota Horse Park starting gate

Andy comes to North Dakota by way of Baltimore and he’s dead serious about three things — the Baltimore Ravens, good scotch and horse racing. He spent his time studying the program and the horses, while Brynn and I mainly took advantage of the sun and the opportunity to wear giant hats.

The weather was warm with a cool breeze, which meant I could finally bust out my Missoni for Target hat. It’s one of my favorites, but it’s huge and black and made out of felt, which is a pain because it’s heat magnet.

Sun hats
See? Appropriately giant hats

The beauty of a big hat and sunglasses (other than being able to discreetly people watch) is that you can keep the rest of your outfit simple. I opted for a drapey black T and striped cotton mini, while Brynn paired her Target hat with a T-shirt and jeans.

White sun hat at North Dakota Horse Park
Trinity Halverson

As I made me way to the beer stand for another Nordeast, I came across three ladies who had the same giant hat idea.

Trinity Halverson of Fargo paired a simple sundress and mint cross body bag with a breezy white hat.

Black Kentucky Derby style hat at North Dakota Horse Park
Shawna Pickle

Shawna Pickle from Fargo and Randi McNeese from Grand Forks got inspired by Kentucky Derby hats on Pinterest, went to Hobby Lobby for supplies and whipped up their own.

If you want to do the same, here’s a cool video tutorial and a photo gallery of hats to get you inspired.

Red Kentucky Derby Style Hat at North Dakota Horse Park
Randi McNeese

Randi and Shawna also kept their outfits simple, letting their hats — and their striking tattoos by Tim Voltaire — make the statement.

Tim lives in Grand Forks and does work by appointment only. The ladies didn’t have contact info for him, but if I find a way to get a hold of him I’ll update this post.

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