Off to the Races: Five Places to Prepare for the Kentucky Derby

Off to the Races: Five Places to Prepare for the Kentucky Derby
Photo courtesy of Mariel Boutique
Ready, set, go! The Kentucky Derby is the biggest horse race in the United States, but the people-watching is almost as big a draw. While the race is often referred to as “the most exciting two minutes in sports," the fashion show is nonstop, with people dressing in all their finery for the event. Here in Denver, sports fans have been racing to boutiques and barbershops to get ready for the big day...and it's not too late for you! Here are five places that will help you dress for any Derby-watching party.

Photo courtesy of The Hat Collection
The Hat Collection
500 16th Street #224
Head to the Denver Pavilions to find the hat of your dreams. Hat Collection is a boutique dedicated to hats, and only hats, with many different shapes, colors, sizes and brands for both men and women. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Mariel Boutique
Mariel Boutique
3000 East Third Avenue Unit 11
Mariel owner Denise Snyder and her team of personal stylists have dressed local fashionistas for over thirty years; they can certainly help you pick out the perfect outfit for Kentucky Derby day. Mariel carries no more than three of any item, which practically ensures exclusivity and individuality. The over-sized and retro hats at Mariel, sporting feathers, ribbons, flowers, sequins and more, are the perfect accessory for race day. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Goorin Bros.
Goorin Bros.
1410 Larimer Street

Wearing the perfect hat to the Kentucky Derby is a tradition that has remained intact for over 143 years. San Francisco-based Goorin Bros. is a family-run business that produces a line of Kentucky Derby hats for men and women. Stop by the location in Larimer Square to see structured hats, floppy hats, fedoras, bowlers, straw hats and more. Goorin is also ready to customize and refresh existing Goorin hats with trim and additions suited to the special occasion. Click here for more information.

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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