About a month ago, my friend called me and asked if I wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby. For a while, I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to dish out that much money to watch horse races, but I also knew that if I didn’t go now, I never would. The Derby had always seemed like something that was unattainable for someone like me. But one of my friends once told me that you’re much less likely to regret the money you spend on experiences and memories rather than material objects, and I completely agree. So I bought a hat and a dress and made the trip up to Louisville for the Oaks and the Derby.
We arrived at Churchill Downs just in time for The Oaks, and after we watched the race, we scoped out a grassy spot to claim for The Derby the next day. Because I knew that I would be outside for most of the day, I wanted my Derby outfits to be comfortable and focused around my hat, which I bought from a seller on Etsy because of the adorable bow on the back. My dresses were lightweight and in neutral colors. The parking situation at Churchill Downs is a headache, so flat shoes were necessary for all the walking I had to do.
Overall, I had a great time and would recommend taking a trip to the Derby even if you’re like me and know next to nothing about horse racing and are too young to legally bet on the horses. It’s the perfect opportunity to wear a fun outfit, sip a mint julep (which I unfortunately was unable to do), meet new people, and observe an event that is very stereotypically American.