Kentucky Derby men’s fashion must-haves

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Kentucky Derby means it’s time to bring out your summer wardrobe. Just ask Gary Flynn, the President, and C.E.O. of M. Dumas & Sons in downtown Charleston. He’s worked in men’s fashion for years. 

“It’s always been a very traditionally based event. So, lots of seersucker and boating,” Flynn said. “Lots of bowties and buck-shoes and a nice straw hat.”

A straw-hat being the leading choice. Men also often opt to sport a bow-tie. It just depends on how busy the outfit is. 

“Even with a coat like this one, I wouldn’t put a tie at all,” Flynn said. “There’s plenty going on there, to not have to add an additional pattern of another tie piece going on here.”

Solid outfits can be dressed up with a patterned tie. Flynn suggests paying attention to detail.

“The seersucker suit is a very typical derby item,” Flynn said. “This one we did a little un-typical color, cause we did the tan and the white… There’s also navy and white is very appropriate.”

You can break up a suit by wearing a jacket with white pants. Just make sure the two contrast in color.

“And I’m a big fan of color, so pop in a nice bright green shirt and a fun purple bow tie,” said Flynn.

You can always express yourself by pairing patterns with patterns.    

“You could do an outfit like this which is something maybe a guy typically wouldn’t wear,” said Flynn. 

As for shoes, stick with a pair that’s comfortable yet fashionable. 

“Just a nice clean buck like this, with a rubberized sole on the bottom of it, makes it more comfortable to walk around in and stand in all day long,” Flynn said. “But it’s still very nice for a dressed up item.”

Or, you can always toss on a dressed up sneaker. 

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