The Kentucky Derby is most notably the biggest event on the racing calendar that attracts thousands of race goers every year. And while the main attraction may be the coming together of some of the finest horses in the world, it also represents a showcase of some of the classiest dressed lads and lasses! From famous Hollywood celebrities and royals to the best of the Southern Belles, you have to wonder if the attention of the finest threads and fashionistas has outshone the horse racing itself.
Fashion has always played a large part in the Derby, ever since its humble beginnings in the 18th Century. The event was always intended to be something spectacular with equally elegant patronage. A quick search on the history of the event will bring up photos of days gone by in which the ladies of Derby showcased the best of fashion throughout the history. And while the hem lines may have gotten shorter and the prints and colours brighter, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you are bound to see some of the most stunning and spectacular outfits fit for fashion runway.
If there is one item you shouldn’t leave home without when heading down to Louisville, it must be your hat. The hats of the Derby are perhaps the most iconic representation of this wonderful event. And while there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what it wear, the most important thing to remember is that your hat should match your outfit. To go to the Derby without a hat would be fashion suicide, a true faux pas. Derby is the day where the bigger and bolder the hat the better. One of the biggest highlights, is the Derby Parade of Hats. Once upon a time it was a matter of sticky to a strict dress code. These days it is an opportunity to be in the spotlight and even win a cash prize if you pull this off right. By the way wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is considered, good luck. There is no argument then.
So you’re heading down to the Derby, and you are wondering what to wear? It will all depend on where you will be sitting if you get the attention you are seeking. If you are lucky enough to be sitting in Millionaires Row, which is also known as the premium seating area where all the rich and famous like to frolic, it is likely that may have your own stylist who got sent over a sample from one of the world’s best designers, keen to get your photo snapped wearing their very own. No expense is spared, and they call it an exclusive party for a reason. However if you fall on the other end of the scale and find yourself hanging out down around the Infield (where they say some of the best parties are held), it is likely you threw on a skirt (or jeans) and top , maybe even borrowed a hat and one you one goal – to have a damn good time! After all, those Mint Juleps don’t discriminate, no matter what you are wearing and where you are sitting. View more on Pinterest