The Style of the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is where youโ€™ll find some of the fastest horses and the most eccentric looks. Every girl, from all parts of the world, channels their inner “Southern Belle” for the races. The Derby is a time where attendees are expected to dress in the most creative fashion and are encouraged to include accents showing their individuality.

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Jason and Michelle Witten

The Louisville event, which is known for it’s preppy, pastel-filled fashion, was also abundant in floral patterns amongst the Derby’s attendees.

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Aisha Tyler and Emily Bett Rickards

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Stephen Amell and Cassandra Jean

And the women weren’t the only ones displaying their “flower power” this year.

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Amy Whitham and JD Shelburne
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Don Ward

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Monte Durham
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Stacey Robinson and Monte Durham

And don’t forget, in the Churchill Downs Infield the hats are the most extravagant; featuring flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons of the brightest and deepest colors. According to Courtney Stinson, a PR Manager for the Kentucky Derby Museum, “We don’t have a lot of documented history on the hats, but speculation has it that when the derby was first brought here, they wanted it to be a social affair.”

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Laila Ali
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Allison Williams
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Star Jones

In 1875, hats were regarded as an essential everyday accessory for women who could afford them. At special events, such as the horse races, women wore elaborate hats to display their social status.

Last but not least, roses are another common design feature in some of the attendees’ attire as the Kentucky Derby is referred to as the “Run for the Roses.” The horse who has been declared the winner of the Derby is also given a blanket made of more than five hundred blossomed roses.

Who’s ready to head to Kentucky next year?

Xx Nikki

 

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