How to Dress for the Kentucky Derby

Fashion at the Kentucky Derby is considered an art form. All the outfits, hats and drinks are just as much a part of the Kentucky Derby experience as the race. People come to watch and be a part of Derby Day. The clothing you choose should be thought out and planned before the big day. Hats are worn by both men and women at the Kentucky Derby. Here are some tips on how to dress for the Kentucky Derby.


Step 1

The fashion of the Kentucky Derby is usually semi-formal. The daywear for the women is usually a dress, and for the gentlemen the attire is either a suit or slacks and dress shirt.

Step 2

The Kentucky Derby is held on the first Saturday in May. This means the weather will be warm. You should make sure your outfit is a light fabric. You can even look up the forecast via internet to make sure you wear appropriate attire.

Step 3

You should choose your hat that you will wear to the Kentucky Derby first. The wearing of the hats go back as far as the Derby itself. This is a very important part of the overall experience. Some of the most daring hats can be spotted at the Kentucky Derby.

Step 4

Do your research. Find out what kinds of hat wear is usually worn to this event. This will give you a clearer idea as to what is appropriate to wear with your Kentucky Derby outfit. You can see hats worn to the derby at the Courier Journal of Kentucky website.

Step 5

You Derby hat should have a wide brim and should shield your face from the direct sunlight. The hat should also have a great deal of visual impact. Two colored hats are popular options for people attending the Kentucky Derby.

Step 6

Choose the rest of your outfit. Make sure to take your hat with you as you search for your perfect outfit. The dress you choose should complement the hat you have selected. Be careful not to match the hat too close to the dress in color or in style. Most tastemakers suggest that you go with a neutral dress if your hat is vibrant and unique.

Step 7

Check where you will be sitting while you are at the Kentucky Derby. This will help you choose which shoes to wear. General admission tickets translate into standing on the lawn in the grass all day. Pointed heels and finer shoes may not be suitable to wear.

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About the Author: By profession, Ralph Crutcher is a swimmer but enjoys playing football, Golf, and regularly goes to the gym to keep himself fit and healthy. This is one of the reasons; he likes to write about sports and fitness.

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