This is by far one of the best illustrations for the Modern Derby Gentleman we have come across so far. We possess an unparalleled color palette here at Faburiq and to us the accessories make the outfit. Vibrant Kimono accessories against classic Derby tradition. It can't get better than this.
Starting with the pants, whether you are aiming for a smart or casual aesthetic, it should always be an eye-catcher as long as it pairs well with the right shirt and blazer. A great dress shirt in a complimentary color will go a long way. Don't shy away from gingham, striped or even a floral shirt to turn it up. Some gents even have monograms on all their shirts like my better half! The jacket is what brings everything together. If you want a polished look, a classic navy or seersucker blazer is always in style. If you want to have a little more fun, a nice chalk stripe or windowpane suit will certainly make heads turn. We recommend sporting the 3- button side vent for a more polished look but this is more of a personal preference.
Next is the tie, the little detail that counts. Most gentlemen wear a necktie, but a bow tie is always an appreciable option. If you never wear bows, try it out and you may like it. Watching the Derby wouldn't be the same without our bowties!
For gents that rock pocket squares, the purpose of the pocket square is to complement the rest of your look: either by harmonizing or contrasting with your other accessories. If your tie has a pattern or print, then choose a color from that palette to bring your ensemble together through your pocket square. Equally, you could choose a pocket square that is a shade lighter or darker than the core color of your ensemble. Don’t be shy to bring out an accent color on a subtle pinstripe or checked shirt, it's all in the details. Alternatively, if you want to make your pocket square the focal point of your look, you could opt to clash your pocket square with your tie and, of course, the rest of your outfit. With this, it really is a case of ‘the bolder the better’: experiment with vibrant colors and eclectic prints from our wide selection of Kimono Pocket Squares.
For shoes, the most important thing you need to know is that they should be worn sockless.
Top it all off with a fedora or bowler hat for that Kentucky Derby look. Men's Derby hats are generally solid in color and inspired by styles from the 1920s.
Now that you've tied on a bowtie with a bourbon in hand, be confident in your Derby outfit. No matter what you wear, it’s how you wear it Gentlemen!
Seen below is one of our favorite Derby ensembles: A Green Windowpane Blazer Jacket paired with the Mocha Kame Bow Tie and Beige Hana Pocket Square. On the left is the Red and White Sashiko Bow Tie.
Author: Aruña Quiroga