Kentucky Derby Party Fashion

Her Derby Style

The Kentucky Derby is a chance for every woman to express her inner Southern Belle. The race’s founder, Colonel M. Lewis Clark, Jr., had a vision for an experience that felt both comfortable and luxurious. Today, a myriad of fashions can be found at Derby – from cool sundresses to simple cocktail dresses and even more formal attire. But all these styles have one thing in common: the big Derby hat! Learn more about the Kentucky Derby Hat tradition.

Party Fashion Tips

Brunch Event
A pantsuit, cocktail dress or business formal attire is recommended. Of course, you’ll want to accessorize accordingly. Pearls, a vineyard vines clutch and a stunning Derby hat are a must!

Garden Party
Casual is key. Emphasize your Derby hat with a colorful sundress or business-casual attire. Simple accessories and fashionable shoes make the perfect compliment.

Backyard Party
Here, comfort reigns supreme. Relaxed attire, like jeans, a downplayed sundress or even shorts, is perfectly acceptable.

What will the dress code for your party be? Visit for the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby and to get inspired!

His Derby Style

The Kentucky Derby provides a splendid excuse for men to get just as dressed up and decked out as the ladies! The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or pinstripe blazer is always in style. But remember, gentlemen: The secret to looking great is confidence. Whatever you wear, wear it proud!

Party Fashion Tips

Brunch Event
Men, here’s your chance to steal the show! Go all out for a Brunch Event and sport a seersucker or three-piece tweed suit. Top it off with a fedora or bowler hat and ground your look with loafers.

Garden Party
You’ll want to be fashionable but casual. Slacks and a button-down shirt with tie is acceptable attire. Show your Derby spirit and break out some vibrant spring colors.

Backyard Party Relax and be comfortable. Jeans and even shorts are appropriate for a more informal affair. Class it up with a short-sleeve polo and official Derby ball cap.

Check out – the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby – for great fashion insights!

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