3 Tips for Dapper Derby Style

By ALIVE Staff
In Style

Tomorrow marks the 139th Kentucky Derby and while you may not be making your way to Churchill Downs, surely you’ll be donning the traditional seersucker, fascinator or wide brimmed hat (adorned in feathers, flowers and flare, no doubt) at Bobby’s 9th Annual Kentucky Derby Party at Monarch Private Event Space in Maplewood. Not feeling so prepared? These simple tips will turn any STL gal or gent into a southern-style Derby-goer overnight.

Kentucky Derby

1. The dress. Worried your closet doesn’t hold the golden ticket to all your derby dreams? Fear not, a full skirt is just another skirt away. DIY your own petticoat for a classic retro look by wearing your fluffiest number under an A-line dress. The extra bounce will give you just enough kitschy charm to make the best dressed list.

If you’re not feeling the vintage vibe, take a modern approach with a pastel mini, like these darling frocks from Hazel2Blue. Sweet silhouettes in traditional Spring (and derby-approved) hues are just a fascinator away from turning heads.

hazel 2 blue derby

2. The Suit. With gambling in your near future, we suggest taking a risk-free approach to style. Seersucker? Yes. Linen? Approved. Denim? Not on derby day. But if you’re looking to harness a contemporary vibe, gingham and chambray are a sure bet. If you’re feeling little lost, head to 10Denza in the Central West End for some last minute shopping. The shop’s knowledgeable staff will walk you through one of the city’s most well curated casual collections, making sure you leave prepared to sip on mint juleps in style. Top off your look with a trip to Frontenac to snag one of Allen Edmonds‘ iconic wingtip shoes, the Broadstreet lace-up oxford.

ALIVE Magazine Kentucky Derby Party

3. The headwear. The Kentucky Derby’s iconic style just isn’t complete without a fabulous (and large) wide-brimmed hat or quirky fascinator. People plan months in advance to ensure their gear will be noticed in the inevitable sea of ribbon and florals, so if you’re just not prepping, you might be at a disadvantage. Lucky for you, ALIVE will be hosting a DIY hat station with suggested donations benefiting charity partner Camp Hope.

ALIVE Magazine Kentucky Derby Party

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