Derby Fashion 2018

It's that time of year again! The Horses! The Fashion! The Hats! heavens, the Kentucky Derby is such a feast for the eyes. Here's a little history behind the races:

"The Kentucky Derby’s long history began in 1872, when Meriwether Lewis Clark, the grandson of William Clark – of the famed pair Lewis and Clark – traveled to Europe. While there, Clark attended the Epsom Derby in England, a well-known horse race run since 1780, and also fraternized with the French Jockey Club, a group that developed another popular horse race, the Grand Prix de Paris Longchamps. Clark was inspired by his travels and experiences, and, upon his return, was determined to create a spectacle horse racing event in the States. With the help of his uncle’s John & Henry Churchill, who gifted Clark the necessary land to develop a racetrack, and by formally organizing a group of local race fans to be named the Louisville Jockey Club, Clark and his new club raised funds to build a permanent racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. On May 17th, 1875, the racetrack opened its gates and the Louisville Jockey Club sponsored the very first Kentucky Derby. A total of fifteen three-year-old Thoroughbred horses raced one and a half miles in front of a cheering crowd of approximately 10,000 spectators. Aristides was the first winner of the Kentucky Derby." - 

The fashions over the years have been all over the place. From subtle to outlandish Derby fashion is just as important as the race itself. It's quite insane how in advance people research what they will wear. It's insane how crazy hats become, and those fascinators as well. Sweet Christmas!

In the 1920s, women at the Derby could be seen wearing a dress or a more modern suit with a jacket. Some of the 1920s jackets were roomy and accommodating, others were fitted. The hat and gloves were still very much in fashion no really you will see it still!!. Fast forward to the 90's the dress at the Derby continued to replace the suit, especially with younger women. A hat is never out of fashion and the hat tends to get wilder and more expensive as the years go on. The style at the derby is relaxed, with women wearing cool sundresses, cotton skirts, or more frequently shorts. So you can say Derby fashion has seen it all!

So what will you wear for the Derby? Comment below!

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Alessa Mieses