Derby Dress

Reading Lisa’s mint julep post yesterday got me thinking about my own desire to make it to Churchill Downs for the Run for the Roses just once in my lifetime. It’s definitely at the top of my bucket list. I really can’t think of a better way to spend a May day than attending one of the most revered sporting events in history, dressed in a fabulous dress and hat, surrounded by equally fabulously dressed people, all while sipping mint juleps, and maybe even winning a few bucks while I’m at it.

Sadly, this won’t be my year. But I have been trolling Caroline Smith’s fashion blog on the official Derby website, just to get an idea of what other people might be wearing. It’s got some great tips, which I’ve culled together below (along with my own observations), that will no doubt prove useful in planning my ensemble when I finally get to make that trip down to Louisville.  

1)    The hat is not merely an accessory, but the centerpiece of the outfit, so the bigger, the better.
2)    You can’t go wrong with garden party-chic style (think floral prints, grosgrain, and flouncy skirts, and seersucker and linen for the men).
3)    The costumey, campy route is also common, so if traditional isn’t your thing, you still have options.
4)    A silver mint julep cup goes with everything.