The Kentucky Derby is one of America’s greatest horse race. Both the Kentucky Derby, and its sister event, the Kentucky Oaks* spotlight the finest in spring fashions. Headwear is the fashion statement in every woman’s wardrobe at these events. Traditionally women wear extravagant hats and they have become associated with the Kentucky Derby. However fascinators are becoming more popular at the Kentucky Derby these days. Fascinators are decorative headpieces consisting of feathers, flowers, beads, etc. smaller than hats. These chic, headpieces are made from a woven disc topped with feathers and netting and secured to your head via a comb or headband popularized by Kate Middleton,. They can be lighter weight and easier to wear than a hat.
*America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – female horses – held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby.
What can I wear to the Kentucky Derby in May?
The Kentucky Derby is one of the most fashionable events to attend in the spring. Women pull out all the stops and go for elegant outfits and spectacular hats decorated with flowers, bows, ribbons, feathers, etc . A pastel dress or suit or bold separates with a large brimmed hat is the way to go. If you are short a fascinator will be more flattering. With a statement hat or fascinator the focus will be on your face. If you will be doing a lot of walking around Churchill Downs, lower heels,wedges or low heel sandals will be the most comfortable. Your handbag should be large enough to carry your accessories (makeup, a bottle of water, your program, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a poncho in case of a shower). Express your creativity and individuality you’ll see everything. Enjoy!
Is a dress or pants more stylish for the Kentucky Derby?
How lucky you are to be going to the Kentucky Derby. An essential is a statement hat so you are good to go. Women attending the Kentucky Derby favor colorful summer dresses. However you should always wear outfits that flatter you. If you look better in pants they are very appropriate and stylish also. The average weather in Louisville is in the low 70’s in May. Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Wear shoes that you can stand and walk in and don’t forget the sunscreen.