For what has been deemed the "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports": the Kentucky Derby. And while following tradition will forever be in vogue, (in this case) bucking that trend is something that is recommended. After all, not all of us can venture down to Churchill Downs to bear witness to the beautiful spectacle of this years crop of three year old thoroughbreds on the track, the mint juleps, and the sartorial legacy on display everywhere you look. But, we can still all celebrate the race (and the weekend) in our own ways while still paying homage to this renowned event and its style history.
Sartorially speaking, I feel that everything is negotiable minus the seersucker jacket/blazer and the light pastels/colours that accompany and complement every attending gentleman's getup. So in the spirit of individuality as well as tradition, this is what I will be sporting on derby day (even though I live north of the border...and I'm not talking just the Mason-Dixie line).
I've chosen to keep the seersucker jacket; compliment it with some slim white trousers (in lieu of the full seersucker suit or common pants in shades of red, green, yellow, or orange); outfit my feet with some suede double-monk strapped shoes without socks (instead of the traditional derby's/horse-bit loafers); add a breezy white linen shirt (instead of those in bright hues or stipes); and too top it all off, a pin dot bow tie, peach pocket square, and pork-pie hat
So whether or not you can even make it down to good ol' Kentucky, have a proclivity for horse racing, or just want to celebrate those May flowers brought upon by the proverbial April showers, this outfit can be a celebration for one or all. It's traditional, yet unique and not confining...and can be (and in my case will be) inspiration for the forthcoming summer.
But in the meanwhile, derby day awaits...