The Kentucky Derby is May 5th this year, which is in just a few weeks. Whether you are attending the actual Derby or just throwing a swanky party at home I have all the tips ladies and gents need to look dapper for the day. From the obviously fabulous hats to the perfect bow tie here come the tips with even some shoppable links. Obvi it's essential to look the part for the big race day.
So ladies let's begin with you. It starts with a fabulous hat, it's always a must at the Kentucky Derby. It is your choice to go elegant or over the top. A hat is known for good luck, sweeten up a dress
with an embellished hat. Think like Princess Kate try a fascinator with a feminine dress.
For an event like the Derby, a dress is almost as essential as the hat. This season is all about midi lengths, which is a perfectly flattering style. The Pantone color of the season is ultra violet which would be the perfect hue for this retro feeling day. If you do happen to keep the hat neutral, add a little flavor with a floral dress or pastel gingham.
We really can't forget about the shoes, stash the platforms and go for the lady-like pointy toe and skinny high heel. Maybe even a red sole if you dare. Jewels are the finishing touch since the hat is the centerpiece keep it simple. Try studs that sparkle, a stunning emerald cocktail ring or a delicate set of bracelets. Pearls are a classic accessory think southern belle and wear them with a minty green top and matching skirt for a monochromatic look.
Now, here is an insider secret for your handbag, stash a sleek clutch inside an oversized bag. Use the clutch while mingling and having a cocktail or two. Accessorize, sunglasses are dramatic and key for a day at the races, go for the glamour in the new cat eye style. Think a little fancy and try a pair of short white gloves. Scarves are multi-purpose for a long day from keeping shoulders warm to accessorizing a handbag, add one on. Don't forget beauty, a red lip and freshly polished red nails always look luxurious
For my gents, It starts with the right color palette, pastels, tropical hues and bold stripes are a good idea for this event. The tip here is to keep it polished and classy. Think seersucker in a sunny tone. A suit is at the top of the list to wear but you can always opt for a cool blazer and pants. Do a colored pair of pants with a print button-down like gingham to work the Derby feel. A jacket will bring it all together think a navy blazer perhaps or subtle neutral. It is recommended to do a 3 button side vent style for a clean look.
A bow tie is preferred but a tie is a good choice if it is a little kitschy, derby themed perhaps. For the shoes, horse bit loafers are key and a must is to go sock-less for the day. The finisher is a fedora or bowler for style inspired by the 1920's.
There you have it a day at the Derby or just celebrating it with friends, these are your hit and definitely not misses outfits to wear.