What to wear to the Kentucky Derby with Indigo & Cotton and IW Harper

Kentucky derby
What is the fastest two minutes in sports? The Kentucky Derby of course. On May 7th men and women from around the world gather in Louisville to drink, bet and gawk. Whether you are watching the derby from the bleachers of Churchill Downs or at a local bar, you want to look as sharp as a tack while drinking your julep.

Kentucky-derby-look

We asked Brett Carron from Charleston’s menswear shop, Indigo & Cotton for some tips to make sure you look like a style stallion and not a show pony.

Hat:

Panama-hat

The Hill-Side – Primarily known for their ties and pocket squares made up in unique Japanese fabrics, the brand has recently broadened their offering to include apparel, bags and hats such as this woven Panama style.

Blazer:

Barena

Barena – A linen jacket that is casual but elegant, and quintessentially Italian.  A win-win for looking sharp and staying cool this season.

Shirt:

Gitman

Gitman Bros. Vintage – One of the few remaining American shirt-makers, they have a rich history and arguably the best fitting button downs.  This linen stripe version is our favorite this season.

Pants:

Orslow

orSlow – A recent addition to our lineup out of Japan specializing in meticulously crafted wardrobe essentials. White denim is the perfect choice for spring and will keep the rest of the outfit looking fresh and new.

Belt:

Billykirk

Billykirk – Formed by two brothers with the idea of making classic, high quality leather goods built to last.  This slim belt can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Shades:

Shuron

Shuron – Made in Greenville, South Carolina with over 150 years of experience making glasses. Our go-to for timeless frames.

We can’t cover the Derby without discussing bourbon. The good fellas at I.W. Harper sent us these two recipes. Give them a whirl and share them on Instagram. Be sure to tag us.

Vinceremos Julep

IW

Courtesy of Marie Zahn, Hawthorn Beverage Group

1.25 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.75 oz. Amontillado Sherry

One tsp. Ginger Syrup

Eight mint leaves and three fresh mint sprigs

Glassware: Julep Tin

Instructions: Lightly muddle mint and ginger syrup, add other ingredients and top with pebble/crushed ice. Swizzle briefly and top with more ice. Garnish with three mint sprigs and straw.

Harper’s Bet

Silver-dollar

Courtesy of Mark Corley, The Silver Dollar

1.5 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.5 oz. Grenadine

.5 oz. Lemon juice

.5 oz. Grapefruit juice

3 dashes Orange bitters

Instructions: Shake and Strain over fresh ice in an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Image credit: Brenda Kean/123rf.com

We are working with I.W. Harper but all opinions are ours.

Food & Drink

12 Delicious Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes to Gobble Up This Year

Make your family and friends thankful for more than turkey and try whipping up one of these recipes.
Food & Drink

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Wines to Bring to Dinner

No matter which of these Thanksgiving wines you bring to the table, it’ll be a winner, winner turkey dinner.
Food & Drink

Think Outside the Oven: 7 Roast Turkey Alternatives to Try This Thanksgiving

Roasting turkey has been a tradition for so long, most people would consider it sacrilege to choose another option. But you’re not most people, are you?
Food & Drink

The Best Hot Toddy Recipe in the Observable Universe

Here's a video guide on how to make a hot toddy and the history behind this delicious hot cocktail.
Fashion & Style

The Snow Peak Pendleton Wool Blanket Is Camp Comfort Done Right

One of our favorite outdoor outfitters meets our favorite blanket maker in one killer collab.
Fashion & Style

Shop the Hottest Men’s Thermal Shirts Before It’s Too Cold

Thermal shirts are the best casual basic to throw on during a weekend at home.
Fashion & Style

Say Goodbye to Down with the United By Blue Bison Puffer Jacket

Bison fiber is also remarkable for its laundry list of benefits — it regulates temperature, it’s hypoallergenic, and it’s actually warm when wet. 
Fashion & Style

The Best Work Pants for Men That Are Both Sturdy and Stylish

Work pants aren't just for the outdoorsman, but if that happens to be you? All the better.
Fashion & Style

Snow Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against the Best Winter Boots for Men

Brands big and small, expected and unexpected — we’ve got you covered.
Fashion & Style

The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold

The parka is the undisputed heavy hitter of any winter outerwear lineup.
Fashion & Style

Stay Dry in Style with the Best Rain Jackets for Men

There's a rain jacket for every style and budget.
Fashion & Style

Keep Your Digits Warm with the Coolest Men’s Winter Gloves

Never lose feeling in your fingers again.
Fashion & Style

Burn Your Snuggie and Get Yourself One of the Best Men’s Bathrobes Instead

Pick between styles loved by mountain men, island-hopping billionaires, and modern minimalists.
Fashion & Style

Hugh Hefner’s Iconic Silk Smoking Jacket Is Up for Auction

Worn everywhere from the Playboy Mansion to press and media events, Hef's jacket has been around the block in more ways than one.