When Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. held the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, he looked to Europe to dictate appropriate attire. (Col. Clark was the grandson of the famous explorer we all remember from our history books.) England’s Ascot will always be imprinted on my mind by the scenes from My Fair Lady where Audrey Hepburn joined the other ladies at the race. It would have been a costume designer’s dream. Col. Clark’s dress code remains in place with experts suggesting a seersucker suit with bow tie and Cambridge Oxford Bucks for men while it was suggested ladies wear a floral silk dress, elegant shoes and, of course, the obligatory hat and gloves.
I looked online to see how attendees carried out this early dress code. Although strapless dresses frequently replaced the suggested floral silk, hats certainly carried out the nearly 150-year mandate.
Among the men, I thought these were excellent examples of the nattily dressed man. The gentleman in the seersucker suit pulls offs the look masterfully.
And let’s not forget Animal Kingdom, this year’s winner. After all, without the race, there would be no reason to buy those extraordinary hats, beautiful dresses and seersucker suits!
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