all things derby {with the kentucky gentleman}


Above: Diana’s Polyvore set, “Derby Day

Hello again, bluegrass THREADS readers! I know there are two more days before the weekend, but a Kentucky Gentleman does not tell a lie – I’m in total Derby mode. I know you are too, so let’s run through the crucial details.

The perfect Derby Day is a multi-faceted experience. I wrestle with the tough questions myself, so I know you do too. Don’t worry, I’ll hold you hand through this most noble of days: the one not full of Julep Cup, of course.

What To Wear to the Derby

Dressing like a Kentucky Gentleman looks effortless, but is quite the opposite. The perfect Derby outfit for Him takes time and thought – it also needs my guides to dressing for the Derby, found here (shirts, ties and cufflinks) & here (sport coats, pants and shoes). If your beloved needs advice as well, fear not – bluegrass THREADS has you covered with both florals and neutrals.

What To Drink at the Derby

Bourbon is the undisputed king of spirits in Kentucky. I’ve spent a good deal of time outlining my advice on Bourbon. Your Derby Day is guaranteed to include at least a half-dozen conversations about Kentucky’s native drink, so make sure you’re speaking the right language. For the Derby classic, look no further than our perfect mint julep recipe. It’s fantastic!

Throwing the Perfect Derby Party

If your tickets to Millionaire’s Row seem to have been lost in the mail, throwing a festive Derby party is a perfectly acceptable alternative. We’ve even uncovered a fun, new take on a classic: mint julep cookies (love these, Lindsay!).

Who Will Win the Kentucky Derby

Even I can’t predict the biggest detail of the day, but if you follow these pointers you’ll be a winner yourself. Enjoy!


Yours in the Commonwealth,


The Kentucky Gentleman

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28 year-old Lexingtonian life-long romantic married to her wonderful husband, loving life with a sweet baby boy likes movies (especially the classics), baking, throwing parties and entertaining, shopping for the best deals in town, taking long walks & playing with her golden retriever

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