The Kentucky Derby is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports,” because that’s all the time it typically takes for Thoroughbred horses to sprint a mile and a quarter around the Churchill Downs track. But as one of the oldest and most anticipated sporting events on the American calendar, that two-minute race is steeped in enough tradition and pageantry to warrant an entire day – sometimes more – of celebration. For racing fans, style is as big a part of the celebration as the majestic ring of roses awarded to the winning horse.
You can understand why our Philadelphia image consulting experts love the Derby. It’s a great opportunity to get creative with elegant clothing, experimenting with colors and patterns and fun accessories.
If there’s one time a year you can dress as loudly, boldly, and colorfully as you can possible imagine, this is that time.
This year’s race – the 145th in history – is set for May 4, 2019, and you definitely don’t have to head to Kentucky to partake in the revelry. If you’re fortunate enough to have a Derby Day party to attend this year, don’t just throw on any old polo shirt and slacks – do it right!
Here are a few essentials for a winning Derby Day ensemble that’ll make you stand out, in the grandstand or at the tavern.
- Seersucker sport coat
- Plaid Vest
- White Linen Trousers
- Bright, Bold Bowtie
- Floral Pocket Square
- Colorful or Patterned Belt
- Panama Hat
- Loafers or Boat Shoes
- Clubmaster sunglasses
Pastel colors and florals are the order of the day, and why not go all out with a pair of pink or rose print pants? If you prefer to stick to a warmer neutral color for your slacks or blazer, go with the classic navy and use accessories such as bow ties, belts, or even the band on your hat for pops of color and pattern. You really can’t go wrong; now’s the time to get adventurous.
We’re here to help with any of your style conundrums, whether you’re not sure how to approach your Kentucky Derby outfit or you need a special bespoke tuxedo for a gala in Philadelphia this spring. Our image consultants can help you prepare for important social engagements, job interviews, business conferences, or anywhere you’d like to make a great impression. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.