The Kentucky Derby, in all its preppy and southern glory, is the kick-off to themed spring events where you’ll need more than a khaki suit to stand out. Don’t know where to start? We have you covered. Here’s our round-up of Derby essentials.
Nothing says derby like a bow tie. Keep it fun but in your color wheelhouse (most guys love navy) Opt for self-tie. You’re a man.
Not a bow tie fan but want something different? Silk Knit or unlined ties are your next best bet. Fun designs and colors are always a way to make it stand out a bit more.
Derby parties are usually in warm weather and usually semi-casual, and that means oxford shirts. It’s a southern staple and will make sure you keep cool when the stakes are high. Opt for white or ice blue.
If you want something more modern, opt for a colored chino. Cream is safe but unique at the same time.
Stay away from the standard khaki and seersucker. These julep-filled events will be flooded with them. Do you tend to run warm? Try a bright linen jacket to bring more color and texture to your outfit.