What's the craze behind Kentucky Derby style?
Back in the 1870, it was Colonel Lewis Clark himself that was so determined to make the Kentucky Derby the hit event of the year that he went on a "campaign throughout Louisville, KY to convince his new clientele that the racetrack was a place for upper-class" and not a place "of immorality and vice." So he did what any person would do. He loaded up a wagon full of high society women wearing their hats and "went door to door telling people that they were going to have a picnic in the racetrack."
When it comes to picking out the right Kentucky Derby outfit, I'm often asked if one should outfit around the hat or the dress. As I always say, "you don't want to be the woman wearing jeans and a t-shirt to the cocktail party," so if you're stuck between outfitting around the dress or hat, I say picking the right silhouette of a dress is always a first and than outfit your hat around the dress. I'm sure most women can agree that the fit and silhouette of a dress can either make or break an outfit. Traditionally, the hat is always supposed to be the main focus of the outfit, but with the many styles of dresses and accessories out there, you can't say no to something that will have you looking beautiful and classic.
We were inspired by this beautiful "Pretty in Pink," Nicole Miller dress from Front Door Fashion that mixes classy and sexy all-in-one. Not only is it made of a quality light-weight fabric, which is perfect for being out in the sun, but the silhouette works just right for any woman's figure. Comfortably is key and this dress definitely makes it easy to move around and feel comfortable throughout the day. Paired with these beautiful statement accessories by Oscar de la Renta and vibrant colored clutch by Kotur, the outfit comes together beautifully!
If you do decide to go more the traditional Derby hat route, there are never limits when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. The bigger the better! Every woman is different and whatever works for you is most important.
Derby Style for him
If you're not into the traditional seersucker style, here is an alternative option that is easy to put together and comfortable, which is definitively a plus for a guy having to wear a suit out in the sun. Most men can agree that wearing a sport coat in the sun can make you feel like you're sitting in a sauna. As a tip, stay away from materials such as tweed, winter wools and heavier twills and stick to lighter fabric such as cotton, linen or madras. Wearing a lighter color pant also helps to keep you feeling cool vs. wearing black that can absorb heat easily.
Some of the most essential pieces that should be included in any guys closet is a well fit navy sport coat or blazer, a tailored white or light colored button down collared shirt, a pair of well cut trousers and a quality fabric tie. Navy is a classic color that most men can easily pair with about almost anything such as these Hugo Boss pants in white and collared shirt. When it come to wearing the right tie, we always suggest going quality. A quality fabric tie not only last longer, but can actually end up costing you less vs. buying inexpensive ties year round. This statement quality tie by Edo Popken adds the perfect amount of color and works great with any Kentucky Derby themed party.
When coupled with a pretty gal at your side, the whole outfit comes together perfectly!
Stay tuned for more to come...
Stay tuned for tomorrow's "What to Wear" post along with special highlights about sponsors and event activities.
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