What to wear to The Kentucky Derby® 2020

Posted by Jazzy Morgan on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

When you think of the Kentucky Derby® you think of elegance and class when it comes to what to wear. From the hat to the dress to what you wear on your feet, going Plain Jane isn't an option when it comes to this horse racing event. As your planning for what to bring to the 2020 Derby, we've put together some things you shouldn't forget!

The Hat

Other than being the longest running sporting event in the United States, The Kentucky Derby® is also known for its fashion, specifically what you wear on your head. From over the top floppy hats to hard-to-miss fascinators, you'll want to come prepared when it comes to head wear.

Use different combinations of flowers, ribbons, feathers, tulle, bows, frills and any other design element you can think of! With a Derby Hat there's no such thing as going overboard. Here's a short DIY in 20 minutes, Derby Hat video: 

The Dress 

While the tradition of Derby Hats has remained the same through history, the rest of the outfit has evolved and grown. Kentucky Derby® guests are dressing in more flashy, attention-grabbing and colorful outfits and some great Derby Fashion moments have been born from those adventurous few. The Derby is the perfect place to wear bright colors and pastels or extravagant patterns. Try something different from the norm and separate yourself from the crowd. 

Although pulling out all the stops is encouraged, be sure to dress for comfort as well as style, as you will be outside all day in the Kentucky May weather. 

The Accessories

If you're going all out for the hat, it is suggested to keep the accessories to a minimum. Let the hat speak for itself, you don't want to overpower it with a chunky necklace and earrings. 

When it comes to shoes, as stated above, dress for comfort. Feel free to wear heels if that's what you're comfortable in, but remember you will be standing a majority of the day and you don't want a feet full of blisters following you home the next day.

Be at the 2020 Kentucky Derby with an Official Ticket Package

Make sure to secure your spot at Churchill Downs next year with an Official Ticket Package for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Click below to see all ticket package options! 

2020 Kentucky Derby Official Ticket Packages