Only a few days remain until the final weekend of marquee Kentucky Derby prep races. One of these preps, the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes, is held at gorgeous Keeneland Course in the heart of the bluegrass in Lexington, Ky.
If you have never been to Keeneland, you may be surprised to know that there is a distinct style there, or what they call "Keeneland Style" - otherwise known as preppy, preppy ... and more preppy! Think Martha's Vineyard, Lilly Pulitzer, and Ralph Lauren - girls in pineapple print dresses with a pearl necklace, and the guys in bright yellow pants with a navy jacket and pink bowtie.
However, Bluegrass Stakes day is a bit dressier than your usual frat prep. Women adorn themselves in beautiful hats, high heels, and sometimes a diamond or two to show off. Many of the men lose their navy coat and opt more for a suit (which they should).
So what should you wear? Think more “classic” than preppy, and more Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) than Charlotte. (“Sex in the City” reference ... there's only one I promise).
Push the prep to the curb this day and step up your game. We are looking more for couture “hatinators” than small fascinators or huge Derby hats. Heels are expected but leave the cork wedges at home.
As always with Keeneland - and every other track - no nightclub dresses. If you can't touch your toes (with heels) safely, than it’s too short. No more than 2 inches above the knee is the safest measurement we can give you.
Usually, this is a day that you could come in a black dress and dress it up with color but since Spring has taken so long to actually sprung, we say go more for color with black accents than the other way around.
Since Keeneland is such a classic and preppy track, no sleeveless or spaghetti strap dresses. Go more for wide straps, a cap sleeve, or three-quarter length even.
Accessories are a must have at this track. Big statement necklaces, cocktail rings, and bracelets have you looking like you belong.
We want to see the guys in well-fitted suits with much attention to detail, pocket squares can be colorful and folded in fun designs, suit ties can have a great bold print on them and leave the white shirt at home. Pick a spring color and possibly a gingham or striped pattern. See http://fashionattheraces.com/suitable-suits/ for some great color tips, pocket square ideas and more.