Party in Style at the Kentucky Derby
The 139th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Whether you are there to bet on Kentucky derby or to just take in the sites and sounds of the race dressing fashionably is a must. From the very beginning,  women who attended the Derby at Churchill Downs viewed it as an opportunity to be seen in the latest fashions. Today, it is no exception.

The Hat

Derby Hats
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The most important fashion accessory for the Kentucky Derby is the hat.  People say that wearing a hat to the Kentucky Derby is good luck. This tradition started by women is popular with both men and women today. The hat is often considered part of the costume that people wear to the Derby.  The style of the hat defines your character.

Most women in the seated section of Churchill Downs wear wide-brimmed, “Southern Belle” inspired Kentucky Derby hats.  Some of these hats are decorated with feathers, bows, flowers or ribbons of every color in the rainbow. The men usually wear 1920’s style inspired hats in solid colors.

The Dress

Women also make sure they wear dresses in the latest styles at the Kentucky Derby.  These dresses very from formal suit dresses to strapless and sundresses. If you are planning on going to the race the best advice is to keep your dress simple, as to not detract attention away from your hat.

Shoes and Accessories

Footwear can be tricky at Churchill Downs.  In early May the weather is unpredictable and the cobblestone pathways are hard to navigate in heels. Most women wear heels but pack a pair of flats to change into.

It is recommended to have two handbags at the Kentucky Derby.  The first one is used for placing bets and mingling and the second one is for all the important items such as your extra pair of shoes.

Because the hat is the biggest fashion statement at the Derby it isn’t important to wear large fancy jewelry.  Simple pieces like pearls or even no jewelry at all will look just fine.

If you are attending the Kentucky Derby this year it is important that you look your best but most of all have fun!

Cascia TalbertCascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest. With a B.A. in history and law and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers. Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

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  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell , March 1, 2013

    It does sound like an experience worth having at least once in a lifetime!

  • Cascia Talbert , March 1, 2013

    Liz, I've never been to the Kentucky Derby but I have heard that it is a lot of fun. Kind of like a big party for high class society. Thanks for leaving me a comment! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Love Local Food , April 5, 2013

    Any suggestions for a nursing Mom going to the Derby? Wanting to wear separates (skirt & top) rather than a dress.

  • Cascia Talbert , April 30, 2013

    Love Local Food sorry I am so late in replying to your comment. I am sure that by now you have found a nice outfit for the Derby that will be appropriate for nursing. I would just look for a stylish and comfortable nursing top and a skirt to match. Have fun at the Derby this Saturday!

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