- Road to the Kentucky Derby
- Racing & Wagering
- Derby Experience
- Plan Your Visit
The Derby is one of the few times that gentlemen can dress up and stand out more than the ladies. Classic styles of seersucker or khaki suits are nothing to miss but this year men have the chance to really turn some heads.
Starting with the pants because it is the eye-catcher from a distance, all gents should turn to sun drenched pants in vibrant colors like Key Lime, Ocean, Bermuda Pink, and Citron. Any one of these colors paired with the right shirt and blazer will make you stand out like no one else.
Now that you have the pants you know that you’re going to have some fun with the shirts. A great dress shirt in a complimentary color will go a long way. Don’t be afraid to grab a fun gingham or striped shirt to turn it up. This is the one day of the year that more is better. One option that is a must for some is the monogram on the shirt!
The jacket is what brings everything together and you can’t go wrong with the classic navy blazer. If you want to have a little fun on top though, a nice chalk stripe can really make the ladies’ big hats turn. As far as 2- button or 3-button it’s a person preference but we recommend sporting the 3- button side vent for a more polished look.
Next is the tie. Most gentlemen wear a necktie, but a bow tie is always an option. If you never wear bows, try it out this year and you may like it.
For neckwear this year there is only one option. Vineyard Vines is the official tie maker of the Kentucky Derby and they will make every man look dapper and distinguished.
Lastly, covering those feet with a nice pair of “sleds” is the right idea. There are many types of horse bit loafers out there and everyone has their idea of who makes the best ones. The most important thing you need to know is that they should be wore sockless.
Now you are ready to throw back some bourbon and tie on a bowtie. The most important thing about your Derby outfit is the secret for all successful men.
The Secret: men just need to be confident. No matter what you wear, it’s how you wear it gentlemen.
If you can do that you will be the most dapper gentleman at your Derby party.