Derby Day may be over, but here’s a stunning hat from Scala that you’ll wear all summer long!

Dorfman Pacific, floppy packable sunhat 2013Simply say the words “Churchill Downs” and what comes to mind? For me, it’s thundering hooves on a manicured track, mint juleps sweating in sterling cups, and glorious, over-the-top women’s hats!

This weekend, the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby showcased not only the athletic prowess of the nation’s finest 2-year-old thoroughbreds and the cunning of the sport’s top jockeys, but also the fashion sense of a bevy of debutants, celebrities and fashionistas in the stands!

If you’re looking for a smart new women’s sun hat for the fast-approaching summer, look no further! Scala’s new floppy style brimmed hat by Dorfman Pacific (pictured) will become your go-to hat all season long.

This floppy style has a 4-inch brim with a paper braid and comes in four pretty color variations including black, tea, turquoise and fuchsia. Chic enough to wear with a floral sundress to an al fresco brunch, it’s also practical enough to use while trimming the rose bushes!

This is also the perfect hat to take on your summer vacation. Not only will it accessorize your bathing suit in style, it’s also light weight, packable and bounces right back into shape.

But, best of all, this hat carries a UPF Sun protection factor of 50+ —  just what today’s savvy women need as added protection to their daily summer outdoor routine. In fact, since May is Melanoma Awareness, I think that stunner is an important investment to protect my delicate skin!

You can find this – and so many other stylish women’s hats – at Hartford York.  Retail $25

Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a sample hat in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products and service that I believe to be good for my readers.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Dorfman Pacific.

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