Bow Ties, Bourbon, and Betting: The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports

I absolutely love the Derby: the dresses, the hats (both intricate and outrageous), the mint juleps in souvenir glasses, the thrill of betting on horses all day, and ultimately, the preppy outfits. I love being part of the infield where vendor tents, chicken legs, and picnics rule all. The infield turns into a party, complete with DJ’s, dancing, and plenty of Vineyard Vines swag. Walking into the grandstands, you can feel the air and status change as you walk up the tunnel. You can see the horses parade around before entering the track and watch the elite walk the red carpet. Roses decorate pillars, wreaths, and fences.The entire day is truly a spectacle.

At the Derb, preppy southern boys are everywhere. Navy sport coats, bow ties, wayfarers, and colored pants (coral FTW.) Bourbon in one hand, cigar in the other.

I’ve been to the Kentucky Derby twice, and will be headed back for a third time this year. Here are some of my favorite options for dresses, hats, jewelry, and shoes for the day.

Kentucky Derby Lookbook:

Derby Lookbook

Derby Lookbook

1. Lilly Pulitzer Lace Shift Dress 
2.Loft Flare Dress
3. Target Ribbon Hat 
4.Kate Spade Necklace 
5. Diane Von Furstenberg Cork Envelope Clutch
This clutch is on my wish list. It is so versatile and pairs with everything!
6. DVF Wrap Dress 
7. Ted Baker Lace Dress
8. Target Striped Hat 
9. The Limited Gold Ring
10. Dress and Dwell Fascinator 
11. Alex and Ani Kentucky Derby Bangle Bracelet 
12. DVF Dress
I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on the runway last year and have been thinking about it since!
13. Tory Burch Wedge
Wedges are a must for the day. Heels make your legs look great in a dress and wedges are comfortable to wear all day long.
14. Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge
These are a total splurge and unfortunately won’t be in my closet any time soon, but they are incredible!

Are you going to the Kentucky Derby this year? I’d love to meet up with you!

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