Where to Shop for Kentucky Derby Fashion

Accessories, fancy hats, and the perfect Kentucky Derby dress

Kentucky Derby Hats

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On the first Saturday in May, everyone will be heading to a social event. Whether you have tickets to watch the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs or if you are planning to throw your own Derby party, you will need an outfit.

Wondering what you should wear? For the ladies, think simple and classic. Wear a close-fitting dress paired with pumps and a fashionable handbag, and you will fit right in.

Want a bit of flash? Well, that is what your Derby hat is for! Kentucky Derby hats serve a couple of purposes, they are believed to bring good luck, and the wide brims block the May sunshine as you sip a Mint Julep. Buy one, or here's a guide to making your own Derby hat.

Shop Frankfort Avenue

Spending an afternoon in Louisville's Crescent Hill neighborhood is relaxing, entertaining, and there are plenty of boutiques to explore. Pair your trip with a stop at Blue Dog Bakery, the bread and muffins are worth the trip. Blue Dog, also serves up a satisfying breakfast and lunch.

It's All at the Mall

Sometimes you crave one spot with a ton of options. Does this sound like your style of shopping? If so, take advantage of a Louisville shopping mall. From Oxmoor Center located on Shelbyville Road to The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, there are plenty of shopping centers filled with dresses, suits, and hats. 

Try Consignment Stores

Offering services to buyers and sellers alike, consignment stores allow sellers to let go of unused accessories and clothing. While customers can purchase quality items, some never used, at a deep discount compared to retail pricing. Many stores carry fashion for both men and women.

Where to start: Margaret's Consignment, visit their website for details and hours.

Go Vintage

Sometimes you can't get an idea out of your head, a desire to dress in early '60s attire or an ache to find some fabulous '40s lapels. If this sounds familiar, try a vintage clothing shop to complete your retro look. The staff at these resale shops are often friendly, knowledgeable, quick to discuss trends, and period-appropriate clothing options.

Where to start: Nitty Gritty Vintage Clothing is located at 993 W. Barret Avenue. Visit the Nitty Gritty website for details and hours.

Head to St. Matthews

While part of Jefferson County, St. Matthews was originally incorporated as its own city and still maintains a mayor and city council. All history aside, the thing you need to know during Derby season is this area is prime for shopping. There are boutiques, gourmet shops, malls, and more.

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