09 April 2012

Outfit: Kentucky Derby

Horse race season is upon us.

Whether you're headed to a Derby Day party or to the actual race, the Annapolitan has you covered on what to wear.

Five Essentials of a Derby Outift

1. Start with a colorful dress. Lilly Pulitzer and Vineyard Vines have some really cute ones this year.

Above: Vineyard Vines Bitsy Dress.

2. A big, floppy hat is a must. To add some flare, tie a matching ribbon around your hat or add some flowers.

Above: Kate Spade The Garden Society Floppy Hat.

3. Pearls are absolutely necessary.

4. Accessorize! Add anything horse-themed or floral to your outfit.

5. Your most important accessory of all, the official drink of the Kentucky Derby: a mint julep. Here's the recipe for a classic southern mint julep:

4 fresh mint sprigs, 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1 tsp powdered sugar, 2 tsp water

Muddle mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw. From drinksmixer.com.

Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer both have really cute Kentucky Derby lines this year.

Kentucky Derby
Lilly Pulitzer vintage dress, $169