what to wear Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 6th, will mark the 143th Kentucky Derby.  Alternatively referred to as “The Run for the Roses” or “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” the Derby is so much more than a 1.25 mile race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses – it is one of the great American institutions run under the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs.  From the parade of horse and rider,  to singing of My Old Kentucky Home, the imbibing of Mint Juleps, to the Garland of Roses, each tradition adds to the rich history.   To find out more about Derby history, the best recipe for Mint Julep, music and lyrics to “My Old Kentucky Home,” or even the opportunity to wager on the derby, please visit the website of Kentucky Derby.

In 2009, Churchill Downs partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure for the Derby’s little sister, Kentucky Oaks.  The race takes place one day in advance of the derby when the historic racetrack is decorated in pink bunting and guests are asked to prominently incorporate pink into their attire in an effort to raise funds and drive national attention to the fight against breast and ovarian cancer. The Oaks has made PINK their signature color and we are presenting our softest pink selection of what to wear to the Kentucky Derby.  We love the sophisticated pairing of this shade with black, as suggested in the contrast lace Rebecca Taylor sheath.  Hats, of course, take center stage at this glorious equestrian spectacle, so we chose our accessories carefully to compliment this dandy duo,  each is guaranteed to put you in the Winner Circle.

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dresses: Rebeca Taylor Contrast-Lace Dress  $495  / Elie Tahari  Lace-Trim Sheath Dress  $398

hats: Christine A.Moore Parisisol Big Brim  $680  /  Christine A. Moore Antella $475

accessories: Le Specs Luxe Cat-Eye Sunglasses  $119  /  Oscar De La Renta Crystal Earrings  $375  /  A.P.C. Erwin Chain Leather Shoulder Bag  $580  /  Mansur Gavriel Mini Suede Clutch  $495

shoes: Loeffler Randall Embroidered Suede Mule Sandal  $450  /  Christian Louboutin Jonatina Sandal  $795

For Other Ideas on Fabulous Hats:  The Central Park Conservancy Hat Luncheon

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Best Recipe for Mint JulepScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 1.28.25 PM

History of the Twin SpiresScreen Shot 2017-04-26 at 1.36.31 PM

The Garland of Roses
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