Last week, we gave you over 20 options of Derby outfits, and threw a couple in for your man as well. Today, we’re offering solutions to the question of what to wear to other events in May, some Derby-related, some not. We’ve selected outfits that are perfect for Derby galas, the Great Steamboat Race and graduations. The looks featured today are from Rodeo Drive, Rodes, The Shirt Shop, Boutique Serendipity, Peacock Boutique, Liv Boutique, Blu Boutique and M.E. Modern Elegance.
The Event: The Great Steamboat Race
- Wednesday, May 4, 2016
- Race starts at 6 p.m.
- Tickets to ride on the Belle of Louisville are $130; tickets to ride on the Belle of Cincinnati start at $60; Watching on television: free
Always held on the Wednesday before Derby, all eyes turn to the Ohio River to watch the Great Steamboat Race, where the grand old Belle of Louisville races against the Belle of Cincinnati. While this is not the first Derby event, it is definitely the end of the work week as Louisvillians know it. Some people get tickets to ride on the boats; others watch from the sidelines, and there are many parties around town to attend. And if that’s not enough opportunities for viewing, it’s on television, as well. For tickets and more information, visit discover.kdf.org.
What to wear: This is a casual event, but not too casual, especially if you are on a steamboat. There are also plenty of Steamboat Race parties during this time, so that requires a little effort. Considering it was a race on the Ohio River, we played up the nautical stripe theme, but in different ways. Take a look.
The Event: Derby Galas
- Fillies and Lilies, Barnstable Brown, Unbridled Eve and Derby Eve Gala to name a few
- May 6, 2016 — most all galas are the night before Derby
- Ticket prices vary per event
- Locations vary per event
There are several black-tie galas on the night before Derby. For many of us that means coming straight from the track for Oaks, cleaning up and putting on our best ball gown. We found these great ones around town, and many of them pink, like the Oaks day was meant to be. Click on the events above to get tickets.
What to wear: Pink is a hot color in formal gowns right now, as is royal blue. We also noticed a lot of longer trains and layered hemlines. Bold florals offer a more assertive aesthetic, with some shown just on the skirt portions of dresses.
The Event: Graduations
- Dates start in mid-May and go until the end of the month
- No ticket prices, but usually some sweat equity is involved here
Graduations kick up in mid-May, with award ceremonies, church ceremonies, parties, brunches, lunches and dinners. There’s always a party or a reason for getting dressed up this time of year.
What to wear: Same thoughts as Derby, with nice dresses and suits for the ladies and suits and sport coats for the gentlemen. Consult our What to Wear for Derby article for more ideas.
It’s going to be a busy month. Get your wardrobe planned now so you can enjoy each and every minute of it!
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