OC Style: Derby trends, tips and tricks

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By The Staff

You’re going to love these trends.  New York Fashion Week Designers Christian Siriano, Ralph Lauren, Badgely Mischka, Naeem Khan, 


Taoray Wang, Son Jung Wan all must have had Derby on their minds!   

Bright colors of emerald, fuchsia, lemon, turquoise, and coral ! 

Colorful prints in florals, abstracts, stripes and dots. 

Spectator Classics, all black and white,  and navy and white 

And several designers chose the palest chalk pastels: pink, powder, and ivory. 

Ruffles and pleats up, down, and all around! 

Cool, comfortable natural fabrics that take us back to the ‘60s… chambray, seersucker, tissue weight cottons and linens.   

“Cold shoulders” (bare) also continues. 

Hats that range from large enough for their own zip codes, to delicate feathered clips for the hair…. with platters and fascinators in-between. 

Here are some Derby Tips that don’t have to do with the horses:

Make certain your outfit is comfortable… you will likely have it on from sun up to past sun down.  

Plan option A, B, and C to wear to the track… or plan to dress in layers… it can be cold and rainy, or hot and sunny. (There are some great cashmere ponchos at Absolutely Fabulous that would be perfect for a chilly Spring morning. And numerous cardigans and jackets at Rainy Day Resale.)  

Don’t forget to be prepared with sunblock and sunglasses. 

Invest in a plastic fold up poncho at Walgreens or Walmart, no umbrellas are allowed!  And Von Maur carries plastic covers for your Derby hat.  

If your hat is too tight, you can take it to Von Maur Derby Week and get it stretched by Gabriel Amar. And if it’s too large, you can sew a couple darts in the ribbon band to make it smaller.  

Ladies:  Take comfortable shoes, even dressy flip flops, to wear to and from your trek to the track.  Also remember there is a limit on the size of your handbag - no more than 12 inches in any direction. 

Men:  Learn to tie a bow tie and wear one!   There are tutorials on the internet…Absolutely Fabulous has some great silk ones, and just $50. 

If you’re not up to a wild and crazy motif, just spice up your look with some zany socks, or a lapel boutineer and pocket square. 

Remember it’s the Kentucky Derby !   We’re goin’ for a good time!


 Jo Ross is a fashion expert that lives in La Grange. To learn more about Ross, visit jorossfashion.com.

Photographer: David Andrew

Models:  Cosmo Models and Talent

Intern assistant to Ms. Ross:  Sophia Worth 

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