By Judy Kurtz - 05/07/12 10:53 PM EDT
Kentucky Derby-goers at Saturday’s race — whose array of hats have become nearly as famous as the horses — could’ve turned to former Rep. Connie Morella for some advice on how to pick out the perfect piece of headwear.
The Maryland Republican got a head start on some serious cranial fashion at last week’s Trust for the National Mall benefit lunch, where hats are almost an unspoken requirement.
Morella, 81, ended up pairing a long-sleeved black dress with a straw-colored lid adorned with a matching black feather.
She then disclosed her secret to hat-wearing, saying, “You have to plan your outfit according to your hat. So originally, I was going to wear something, and then I put the hat on and I had to wear something else with the hat.”
Whatever her method, Morella’s hat selection was a hit with at least one Democratic lawmaker.
Upon seeing Morella, Rep. Jim Moran (Va.) tipped his cap to his former colleague, enthusiastically exclaiming, “She looks great!”