Kentucky Derby Style feat. Michael Andrews
May 3rd, 2013
Derby season kicks off this Saturday in Kentucky.
Along with the Southern tradition of horse racing comes the equally exciting Southern tradition of dandy tailoring.
Michael Andrews is a Southern gentleman turned NYC bespoke clothier, so we couldn’t think of a better person to give us some ideas on how to dress for this weekend’s Derby (or Derby party).
1. Fine Linens
Derby style is all about lightweight tailoring (think linen and seersucker) in preppy Spring colors (like florals and pastels) finished-off with dandy accessories (like bowties and boater hats).
So embrace your inner Southern gentleman and have some fun with it – this is one of those occasions when you can’t really be overdressed.
A custom-made equestrian inspired scooter helmet is a nice touch too, you know, for those of us watching the derby on TV and cruising around the big city.
Navy shoes are underrated.
They have an appealing richness in the Spring/Summer and they work with just about everything – from conservative grey suit pants to preppy red chinos.
Mike also has the perfect pant break to show these beauties off.
2. Madras Man
If there is ever a time to wear a madras jacket, it’s to celebrate a sporting event involving horses.
The trick to pulling-off such a bold jacket is keeping the rest of the look simple. Mike rocks it with a white shirt, navy rep bowtie and light blue trousers.
The hidden-placket shirt is a nice subtle touch, it keeps the look sharp and streamlined.
Nothing says “watching a classic outdoor sporting event” like a pair of spectator wingtips.
- Aviator shades by Tom Ford
- Cotton patchwork madras jacket by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- White hidden-placket shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Navy/Red rep stripe bowtie by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Blue cotton/silk trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Two-tone leather spectator wingtips by Scarpe di Bianco
3. Not Your Father’s Seersucker
Seersucker is the obvious choice come Derby weekend, so don’t expect to be the only guy at the party wearing the traditional ribbed stripes. One way to keep it fresh is to find it in an unexpected color (seersucker is a type of cotton fabric that comes in many colors, not just light blue/white).
Or you could take it a step further and break out a two-tone micro-gingham seersucker, in which case, you’d be a boss.
Looking to make a lightweight jacket look more “Spring/Summer”? Swap out the dark buttons for light tortoise or white (like all three of Mike’s jackets in this post).
Michael is also great at mixing-and-matching his suit separates. For example, here he uses the waistcoat and trousers from a light navy Spring suit to anchor down the patterned seersucker jacket.
And there’s that white hidden-placket tuxedo shirt again…probably the most versatile shirt a man can own.
A light-medium brown loafer is a great choice for anchoring down colorful, lightweight tailoring.
Thanks for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.