For some ladies attending the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, the hats are more important than the horses. Last year, Patch visited Hats in the Belfry on Main Street in Annapolis to see what was fashionable in the world of hats.
This year, Marjae Hicks is busy adorning Baltimore area heads with feathers, jewels, bows, sequins, flowers and all the bling that is associated with a Preakness hat.
The Preakness is one of Baltimore's historical sports events, offering tradition and excitement. And big hats.
According to Marjae, owner of Hats by Marjae in Westminster, MD, Preakness-worthy hats are big and whimsical and will get people talking.
"You have to wear your hat with confidence. If you don't, it will show," Marjae said. "You have to have confidence in your hat. Even if it's the most whimsical, crazy-looking hat, it will be beautiful."
In addition to the style and colors of a hat fitting the person, Marjae said the price has to fit, too. Hats in Marjae's store start as low as $20 for a floppy beach hat and can go up to several hundred dollars for one of Marjae's custom designs.
Check out the accompanying video to get more tips from Marjae on choosing a Preakness-worthy hat. Visit Marjae's website to see more styles or order hats online, http://www.marjaehats.com.
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