Does the Kentucky Derby have a dress code?

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.
Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

I wouldn’t think that the Kentucky Derby has a dress code. I never noticed one if they did. And I go back to the days when people used to shimmie up the flagpole naked in the infield. Granted that was a very long time ago. Notwithstanding that, there are so many outrageous outfits there is definitely not a dress code or a taste code for that matter!

So this headline from BustleDoes The Kentucky Derby Have A Dress Code?” caught my attention. When I clicked the link my eyes sparkled when I saw the line underneath it which read, “Here’s the History of All Those Hats“. I am a huge hat lover.

Bustle writer Hayli Good reports:

For years, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky (which, besides the Derby, is best known as J.Law’s and Diane Sawyer’s hometown), has been associated with pastel dress clothes and interesting hats, ranging from classic styles to downright silly. And this style is seen on both men and women, though their hats and dress clothes tend to differ. But those aren’t the only costume attendees have to wear.

I spoke with Sara Brown Meehan, the director of lifestyle communications for Churchill Downs, who explained the technical dress code at the Derby and how the style changes per men and women. She says the pseudo-dress code actually goes back to when Colonel Meriwether Lewis Clark founded the racetrack in 1874. According to Meehan, Clark’s inspiration for the Kentucky Derby came from the Epsom Derby in England. There, not only did he experience the obvious horse race, but he saw how the men and women dressed for the occasion. He wanted an event like that in the United States, too.

Meehan explains that Clark marketed the Derby as a place for everyone — celebrities and non — to come display the latest fashions, which, as in England, included hats. Back then, according to Meehan, it was actually indecent if women showed up to the Kentucky Derby not wearing a hat. And you don’t dare expose your indecency to the people of Kentucky.

Ultimately, Meehan says the Derby does not have a dress code, unless you are a premium member, which includes select seating, and a cost of an extra many thousands of dollars.

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NFL helmets reimagined by super design team

Ultimate Effects have reimagined football helmet designs for all 32 teams. The images below are via the Daily Snark. Go there now to see them all.

I have picked my own personal favorite for each team. No particular order. I would love to see the NFL upscale its image on the field even if it’s only with helmets to start with. No doubt they would have to hire someone to design uniforms that would suit these ambitious looks.

Let’s go!

Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
New York Jets.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Jacksonville Jaguars.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Atlanta Falcons.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Philadelphia Eagles.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Dallas Cowboys.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Baltimore Colts.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Kansas City Chiefs.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Cincinnati Benglas. Who Dey?
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Buffalo Bills.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Denver Broncos.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Arizona Cardinals.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
San Diego Chargers. Oops. I mean Los Angeles . . .
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Chicago Bears.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Minnesota Vikings.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Tennessee Titans. (formerly the Oilers, sniff).
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Houston Texans. (loving this all the way). Yeah.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Pittsburgh Steelers.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Seattle Seahawks.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
New Orleans Saints.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Washington Redskins.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Baltimore Ravens.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Los Angeles Rams. (used to be in St. Louis).
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Oakland Raiders. Yeah. I can see Beast Mode in this.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
New England Patriots. Love the old logo.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Carolina Panthers.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Green Bay Packers.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Detroit Lions.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
New York Giants.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Miami Dolphins.
Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
San Francisco 49ers.

The Cleveland Browns helmet is stylish but not as dramatic as a lot of the others. The one I love for them — referencing the Dog Pound — is the one below. Probably not going to see multi million dollar athletes playing in a helmet like this.

Redesigned NFL Helmets via the Daily Snark.
Cleveland Browns Dog Pound helmet.

Here’s another referencing fans I don’t see happening but fun.

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Uh, oh. I am now seeing these designs being credited on Pinterest to Paul Bunyan Designs. Not sure what’s going on there.

Later, gators.