The Preppy Essentials You Need for the Kentucky Derby

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Kentucky Derby style.

Kentucky Derby style. (Photo: Vineyard Vines)

The Kentucky Derby is perhaps the only day each year when preppy culture gets its chance to shine on a national stage. Known as the Run for the Roses, in which beautiful purebred horses race to the finish line in the most exciting two minutes of sports, the Kentucky Derby requires an equally high-octane ensemble for both men and women, comprised of all things seersucker, pastel, and monogrammed. From the bread and butter brands like Vineyard Vines and Lily Pulitzer to newcomers like Southern Tide and Draper James, we made our selections for the essential every guy and girl needs to attend the 142nd Annual Kentucky Derby in style. 

FOR THE LADIES

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Kentucky derby women's

Kentucky Derby Women’s Essentials (Photo by Margaret Abrams)

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Lilly Pulitzer iPhone Cover – $34. – Saint Laurent Original Jean Jacket – $890. Hermes Micro Rivale Bracelet – $480. Karen Walker Starburst Cat-Eye Sunglasses – $300. Mignon Faget Twist Bow Necklace -$10,200. – J.Crew Tortoise Earrings – $68. Mignon Faget Banner Ring – $150. – Kate Spade Carnival Nights Unic0rn Ring – $98. –Vineyard Vines Striped Bow Race Day Hat – $118. –Tulip Jack Rogers – $148. Heidi Wynne Edgartown Raffia Clutch with Tassel – $175. – Valentino Double-Handle Shopper Bag – $2,595. Draper James Georgine Knit Tunic – $165. Mary Katrantzou Floral Print Dress – $1,165.

FOR THE GENTS

Kentucky Derby Men's Essentials

Kentucky Derby Men’s Essentials (Photo by Zachary Weiss).

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Vineyard Vines Floral Printed Sport Coat – $695. – Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge Rose Gold 40mm – $195. – Vineyard Vines Derby Straw Boater – $118. – Bonobos Summer Weight Crown Pants – $128. – Southern Tide Savannah Seersucker Blazer – $250. – Bird Dog Bay “And They’re Off!” Bowtie – $55. – High Cotton Ties Cumberland Madras Bowtie – $45. – Tucker Blair Derby Needlepoint Belt – $145. – Florsheim Bucktown Plain Ox – $115. – J.Crew Vintage Oxford Shirt – $69.50 – Brooks Brothers Ray Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses with Gingham – $150. – Southern Proper Club Short: Scallop & Hydrangea – $79.50.

The Preppy Essentials You Need for the Kentucky Derby