It’s time to dust off your fascinators, floppy hats and fedoras for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2. The only way to watch the best two minutes in sports is to enjoy it with festive attire, mint juleps and friends. So it’s time to plan your most stylish outfit, create a hat, and decide where to watch it!
Plan Your Outfit
The Kentucky Derby takes on the style of a “Southern belle”. Sundresses in bright spring hues and fun patterns such as floral or stripes are perfect for this event. Before finalizing your dress, consider what your headpiece will look like. If your dress has a lot of pattern or color, you may want to choose a simple design for your hat. Likewise, if you choose a simple dress, you can opt for a big and bold fascinator!
For men, classic linen, khaki or seersucker suits are the perfect attire for the Kentucky Derby. If this feels too dressy for your viewing plans, opt for a more casual look with a button down shirt in a fun color or pattern such as pink or gingham. Keep in mind the preppier the better. Pair it with shorts, loafers, a bow tie and a fedora and you are all set.
DIY Kentucky Derby Hat
If the hats in your closet aren’t quite cutting it, get creative and make your own. You’ll need either a hat or a headband for your base, embellishments such as flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons, and a hot glue gun and safety pins to help you adhere your designs. Styles can range from classy and fashionable to zainy, eye-catching headwear.
If you need a little more guidance for creating your hat, The Art Studio in Marathon will be hosting classes April 23-25 from 11-5 p.m. Located at 12535 Overseas Highway, they will provide all the hats, headbands and embellishments to create a custom hat for $35 or fascinator for $18. Call 405-289-9013 for more information.
Watch the Derby
If you’re not hosting your own viewing party, join me at oo-tray at 80900 Overseas Highway in Islamorada starting at 5 p.m. Oo-tray will be serving Kentucky Derby themed food and drinks, and will be giving out prizes for the best dressed and best hat. In addition, there will be a 50/50 raffle for betting on horses, live music after the race and an Islamorada Derby where local celebrities will race with horse sticks for guests’ amusement. Call 305.922.2027 or go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1401243463531042/ for more information.
In addition, Fishermen’s Hospital Foundation is hosting a Kentucky Derby fundraiser at the Lighthouse Grill at Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club located at 1996 Overseas Highway in Marathon. Tickets are $75 and all proceeds raised will benefit Fishermen’s Community Hospital. Bet on your favorite derby horses and enjoy mint juleps and southern fare. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.393.5720 for tickets.
See you at the races!