2014 Kentucky Derby Style and Celebration Guide

Since 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been drawing crowds to Louisville, Kentucky to watch the first leg of the US Triple Crown. We’ve put together a style guide (three words hats, dresses and blazers) as well as a Louisville travel guide to ensure you’re weekend is filled with great style and amazing memories…you can “bet” on it!

Kentucky Derby #AEOStyle

The quintessential Kentucky Derby #AEOStyle

Girls: Derby day is all about summer dresses and big hats. Pair a cinch waist dress with platform heels and a floppy hat for perfect derby #AEOStyle. Pack a scarf to wear around your shoulders for an elegant accessory that will also keep you warm in case the weather turns.

Shop the look:
Cutout Jaquared Sundress
Floppy Straw Hat
Embroidered Scarf
Two Tone Wedge Sandal

Keep your style classic with a pair of khaki pants and wingtip shoes.  Pair it back to a solid oxford button down, blazer and tie for style that’s not only dapper, but comfortable too! To complete the look, throw on a fedora to add southern charm to your #AEOStyle.

Kentucky Derby #AEOStyle

Rock your southern charm in #AEOStyle

Shop the look:
Glory Hats by Goorin Fireball Fedora
Wingtip Shoe
Slim Straight Khaki
Solid Oxford Button Down
Chambray Tie
Cotton Blazer

Decca: Located in Louisville’s downtown NULU district, this delicious restaurant uses locally farmed and small production ingredients.

Kentucky Derby guide

Eat delicious local food at Decca. Image Source: deccarestaurant.com

Rye: Southern charm with a modern twist. Try the citrus salad and triple cooked fries.

Hillbilly Tea: A southern breakfast, brunch and tea room. Try their holy basil herb tea or bourbon bread pudding.


Image source: endoedibles.com

Belle of Louisville: Take a tour down the  river on one of the oldest operating steamboats in America.

Louisville Slugger Museum: The home of the famous baseball bat. Take a tour and snap your picture with the giant wooden bat outside.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

Image source: Chicagomag.com

Thirsty Pedaler: Hop on this moving bike bar (holds up to 15 people) and get a 2 hour tour of downtown Louisville.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

Take a ride on the Thirsty Pedaler. Image source: xola.com

21c Museum Hotel: Voted the best hotel in the south by Conde Nast Traveler, its not only a 90 room boutique hotel, its a museum and an award winning restaurant all in one.

Kentucky Derby To Do Guide

Image source: hospitalityonline.com

DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast: Located on Fourth Street in Old Louisville, this B&B offers the perfect mix of charm and excitement.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast: This beautiful B&B sits on five acres of gorgeous land. Enjoy the scenery from your patio or explore the woods and lake for a super fun adventure.

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast, Louisville

Image source: tuckerhouse1840.com

Are you going to the Kentucky Derby this weekend? Show us your #AEOStyle derby outfits on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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