The Kentucky Derby is just about a month away! That, ladies, means it’s high time to get your dresses and headwear in order.

Hats are great. We love any excuse to wear them. We also love breaking the mold from time to time. Here, we’re rounding up four Kentucky Derby hat alternatives that check all the boxes: elegant, eyecatching and equally timeless.

1.  THE SILK SCARF

Last year, instead of a hat, I opted for a silk Hermès scarf, knotted to resemble a rose in homage to the Run for the Roses and the Naples Botanical Garden, which set the scene perfectly for the Naples Junior Woman’s Club’s Derby Dash. (See more of the look here.) There are several ways to tie your scarf—if you’re not sure how, this YouTube tutorial gives easy step-by-step instructions.

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2.  THE FLOWER CROWN

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Prefer a more bohemian vibe? Flower crowns are classic, completely DIY-able and easy to match to whatever dress you’re wearing simply by choosing the right shades of flowers. Order one on Etsy (this shop, this shop and this shop make absolutely gorgeous custom pieces), or create your own with this tutorial from none other than Lauren Conrad, unofficial queen of flower crowns.

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3.  THE HEADBAND

Admit it: You ogled more than a few of Blair Waldorf’s killer headbands in Gossip Girl. Metallic, silk, feathers—they’re all easy-to-wear options that instantly elevate a look, no effort required.

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4.  HAIR JEWELRY

Subtle, whimsical and super feminine, hair jewelry is a fresh take on Derby day style, particularly when tucked into braids or loose updos.

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