It’s time to dust off your fascinators, floppy hats and fedoras for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7. 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 pick out a hat, plan your most stylish outfit, and decide where to watch it!
Kentucky Derby Hat
In fashion, hats can inspire an entire outfit, influencing the color scheme worn as well as the way you wear your hair. For the Kentucky Derby, select your hat first to help you plan and coordinate the rest of your outfit. Opt for a large sun hat, a fascinator or a vintage 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, as well as, 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.
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 looks 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.
Watch the Derby
Join your friends to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7. Enjoy the best two minutes in sports while wearing fabulous hats and sipping the infamous mint julep. 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 and an Islamorada Derby where our local “Real Housewives of Islamorada” will race with horse sticks for charity benefiting the United Way of the Florida Keys. Call 305.922.2027 for more information.
See you at the races!