Dress to Impress at the Kentucky Derby

Dress to Impress at the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is one of the fanciest sporting events of the year, so it’s the perfect place to look your best! Often called “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” it’s also known as a high-class event with a sophisticated dress code. The Derby happens on the first Saturday of May, so start looking for the perfect ensemble now!


What is the Kentucky Derby?

It’s a horse race held annually in Louisville, Kentucky as the finale of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The competition is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds that run a distance of 1.25 miles. The oldest continuously running race in America, Derby-weekend is something every gentleman should experience in his lifetime. 


What is the Kentucky Derby Dress Code?

There is a business casual dress code for the Derby room. If you will be in that area, you should plan to wear a jacket or blazer, a collared shirt, and slacks. Sweaters and vests are also acceptable. 

Casual attire is permitted throughout the rest of the event, which means jackets and blazers are optional, but you should still wear a collared shirt. You can also switch out the dress pants for golf shorts, dress shorts, or khakis. 

A classic Derby look includes pastel colors and bold prints! Boat hats and straw hats are other popular accessories for this fun event. Top off your look with finishing touches such as colorful suspenders, a bow tie or necktie, and cufflinks.


What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby?

We’ve put together a couple of fun accessory ideas for the big day! From suspenders to cufflinks and ties, you have many options to pull together a winning ensemble.

Bold Pattern Braces

Steal the show with one of these fun patterns!

Derby Winning Racehorse Silk Button End Braces
Tropical Hawaiian Getaway Linen Button End Braces The Hunt Is On Silk Button End Braces


Colorful Braces

 Go for a spring pastel look with one of our dapper suspenders.

Sherwood Plaid Silk Button End Braces Sutton Solid Color Silk Formal End Braces



The little details matter- try a classic style or something unique that's sure to catch everyone's attention.

Detailed Knot Rhodium Cufflink Set Cheers Whiskey Bottle Novelty Cufflinks Stately Shiny Gold and Brushed Rhodium Cufflinks



Add the finishing touch with a necktie or bow tie. 

Sobee Paisley Silk Bow Tie Sutton Solid Color Silk Necktie Sherwood Plaid Silk Bow Tie


Check out the rest of our formal accessories on Trafalgarstore.com!

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