Everyone knows about “hats” for the Kentucky Derby, but did you know about the Derby Dress and the race before The Race?
Photo: Sam English
The day before the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Oaks event takes place and the tradition is to “Pink Out!” for Susan G. Komen–Breast Cancer Awareness. The Kentucky Oaks is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. The prize is $600,000 and a large garland of lilies thus earning the name “Lilies for the Fillies”.
Kentucky Oaks 2011
Donna Ricco Ruffle Trim Charmeuse Sheath Dress
Rules for Dressing for the Kentucky 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. Solids and primary colors are top choices.
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.
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