Derby StyleApril 19, 2012
In the pantheon of dress code–worthy occasions, the Kentucky Derby is up there with 7 p.m. weddings and Halloween parties. We’ve created our version of a His-and-Hers race-day style guide. From classic-with-a-twist hats to festive accessories, we’d wager there’s something here for everyone.
Ties: Neckwear from vineyard vines, the official style sponsor of the Kentucky Derby.
Pocket Squares: Sid Mashburn’s cotton pocket squares are as absorbent as any bandana.
Jacket: This Derby Day look from Brooks Brothers x Social Primer combines traditional equestrian motif fabric with a classic navy blazer.
Shoes: Rendered in tone-on-tone chambray-blue nylon and suede, these Topsiders are a breathable alternative to leather weejuns.
Sunglasses: Classic sunglasses from Ben Silver, Kentucky-fied with blue-green lenses.
Belt: Think of this Martin Dingman Louisiana alligator belt as an investment piece that will last long after the races are over.
Shirt: It’s impossible to go wrong in a classic white oxford, and Ledbury makes one of the best.
Hat: Brent Black’s handwoven Kentucky Smith Panama hat is old-school Southern with an Indiana Jones twist.
Notebook: Handcrafted from vegetable-tanned leather, this pocket notebook is perfect for recording horse tips or gonzo-style observations of bourbon-fueled merriment.
Bracelets: Mix and match gold bangles from Kate Spade.
Sunglasses: Oversized tortoise shades from Karen Walker.