the run for the roses

May 4, 2011

as we await the post position announcements and derby day draws closer the pride of the south shines. the kentucky derby is deeply steeped in tradition and rightfully so. first run in 1875, the race is the oldest continuous sporting event in america. conceived out of observations by colonel meriwether lewis clark jr., of english and french horse races of the day, the derby serves as one of the few instances where the american genteel still exist today. so, scrounge thru your grandmomma's silver and commission your milliner; it's time to break out the julep cups and batten down for some gale-force glamour (i'm loving this topper).

however, derby flair's not all about the belles. how cute is this litte one in his seersucker? and how about this adorable boy's version (with three pieces, nonetheless) from j.crew kids?
o, ace. you just wait.

and how sharp is this for the big boys? yummy.

of course, whether you're an infielder or part of the millionaire's row set there are a few things you shouldn't miss. first, watch for fascinators to make a showing at this year's derby. as everything the princess touches is, clearly, gold. also, be it via derby pie, the traditional julep or sours those kentuckyians like their bourbon. personally, i prefer mine neat or perhaps with a splash of water. but, that's a story for another day. for a briefing on kentucky bourbons check out the best bourbons tour. lastly, make your bets. i'm going with pants on fire. just such a fun name!

not making it to the bluegrass region this year? give a nod to tradition and use your julep cups as mini vases filled with red roses, put on some burgboo and tune in for the most exciting two minutes in sports. ace and i will surely be watching.

photo credits from top: via the art of manliness, credit unknown, by lissa anglin, via kentucky derby party, via holly hester.


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