Dapper Dudes: Southern Gentlemen at the 2017 Kentucky Derby

His Derby Style

The Kentucky Derby provides a splendid excuse for men to get just as dressed up and decked out as the ladies! The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or pinstripe blazer is always in style. But remember, gentlemen: The secret to looking great is confidence. Whatever you wear, wear it proud! – KentuckyDerby.com

Pass the Umbrella

Originally, this was going to be a Kentucky Derby hat roundup of my favorites from this year.  But let’s be honest, this was not a banner year for the ladies.


Bless her heart, she left her Hunters at home.

It was rainy, it was chilly, it was muddy.  Not exactly fashionable weather, y’all.  There were more Hunters boots than cute hats, and really, who wants to see a round up of rainboots? Ok, me, but not when I was hoping for over-the-top toppers.

Fine Fellas

One thing that was in abundance for the 2017 Kentucky Derby was smartly dressed gentlemen!  In my experience, there are 2 types of men: one that drags his feet at dressing up for special occasions (my darling husband) and one that revels in planning a themed and coordinating outfit (my step-brother, Billy Ryan, bless him). The Kentucky Derby is THE perfect place for a man to strut his dapper stuff.  Bowties, plaid, polkadots, straw fedoras, printed socks, pastels, you name it.  The Derby is one of the few places a man can wear all of the above and be totally en vogue.

And let’s hear it for the boys, because you know most of these men don’t roll up to the grocery store decked out in seersucker.  It took some gumption to prance into public like this.

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year.  Enjoy!


photo | getty images


photo | @classiccupofjoe via IG


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photo | getty images


photo | @djasoncrowder via IG


photo | @espn via IG


photo | @cpjlarson via IG


photo | @espn via IG


photo | @shalley22 via IG


photo | USA Today Sports


Got a fella with a strong sense of fun and fashion?  Show him off!!  Use the hashtag #fellafashionBH on Instagram and post your guy’s best look.


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