When you think of the Kentucky Derby, there are usually three things that come to mind: horses, hats, and mint juleps. Soon, a fourth will be added to the list: pink. For the fifth year Churchill Downs will sponsor “Pink Out! at the track for tomorrow’s (May 3, 2013) Kentucky Oaks. The Oaks is always run the day before the Kentucky Derby and, to promote Susan G. Komen Beast Cancer Awareness, the official color for the day is pink. All Oaks attendees are encouraged to either wear pink or incorporate it into their attire for the day to show their support for the battle against breast cancer. Additionally, the Churchill Downs’ facility will be adorned in pink on Oaks Day, including pink-colored bunting, flower beds, flags and jockeys’ and pony riders’ apparel.
Photo by Sam English
If there is one take-away from the Oaks’ “Pink Out!” it is this: Raising money to increase breast cancer awareness is not restricted to one day or one month out of the year. Any day can be a “Pink Out!” If you are interested in having your own ”Pink Out!” day, go to Susan G. Komen’s Passionately Pink for the Cure®, and learn how you can raise awareness and money to help fight breast cancer.
Rules for Dressing for the Kentucky Oaks/Derby
- Rule Number One: Wear a fabulous, attention-getting hat.
- Rule Number Two: Choose a dress that complements the hat both in style and color.
- Rule Number Three: Avoid a monochromatic color scheme (shoes, dress, hat — all the same color)
- Rule Number Four: Wear comfortable shoes. Heels are preferable, but flats are totally acceptable.
These spring dresses are perfect for any outdoor event, whether it be the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby or a garden wedding.