Images: 2011 Del Mar Opening Day Hats

Style met sport Wednesday at the 2011 Opening Day at Del Mar, which doubles as Hat Day.

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Crowds celebrating the Opening Day of the 2011 Season at Del Mar.
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San Diegans throw their hats in the ring at Opening Day in Del Mar.
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Ashley, left, and Kimberlie went the "statement on top, wearable on the bottom" route for Opening Day. "I saw this hat in an ad," says Ashley, who found it at Sara's Boutique in La Mesa. The fashionable romper from Bloomingdale's came out of her desire for something "comfortable but cute."
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Above: Julie Sarno, the judge and founder of the day’s hat contest. (Official name: The One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.) Sarno says that last year's winner Faye Meitz "stunned the judges because it was a tribute hat to previous grand prize winners of the contest. She had three of four previous winning hats in miniature that she had created over the course of six months." Who won this year? Keep reading to find out.
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Early indicator of a great Opening Day: When we went in to get our credentials, we found Social Diary Magazine editor Margo Schwab rocking a feathered extravaganza she’d gotten online from a London-based purveyor. “It’s like a spaceship,” she says, noting that, unlike the wide-brimmed styles of years past, it won’t get in the way. “It’s great, functioning-wise, for when I’m taking pictures of people—and it’s fun and flirty.”
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