The 137th Annual Kentucky Derby is just a day away, the premiere horse racing event where the country's finest thoroughbreds race for the roses while Derby dames race to place first in the best dressed division.
An honored tradition since 1875, "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" is as much a fashion show as it is a horse show, with Derby fashionistas and attendees spending just as much cash on their race day wardrobe as they throw down at the betting windows.
Last year I gambled on Supermodel Marisa Miller to place 1st on the best dressed list, and my girl won by a nose, sporting a strapless bubble dress and hat combo that oozed sweet Southern Belle-like charm, grace and femininity.
If you will be attending the festivities in Louisville tomorrow, here are a few quick style tips that should keep you from scratching the moment you get out of the car.
Do wear a hat. All women wear hats to the Kentucky Derby, especially big crazy ones. Derby hats are not only a fashion tradition; they're also said to be good luck. You didn't get to wear a crazy/big hat to the Royal Wedding, so here's your chance.
With that said...
Don't wear a hat that takes up too much real estate. The Derby is a crowded event and you don't want your Triple X-wide brimmed hat smashed every time someone brushes past you on their way to the bar for a refill. Also make sure that it stays on your head. A few bobby pins should do it.
Don't wear a crazy/big hat and a crazy dress. Limit your craziness to one piece.
Don't wear a dress that is too short. One mint julep too many and I'm betting a cell-phone video of your thong will eventually end up circulating on YouTube.
Don't wear jeans. This goes for girls and guys. The Derby attendees who are dressed to the nines will think you look like a schmuck.
Don't wear a full on horse suit or horse hat. Everyone will think you look like a schmuck... and they will be right.
Hope these tips keep you on the right racetrack.
Stick with me, I'm always a safe bet.