We wore big hats and oxford shoes. We drank mint juleps and played croquet. While none of us were into horse racing, we were into having themed parties, and this year will mark the second annual get-together.
Whatever your feelings are on the time-honored tradition of this weekends Kentucky Derby, you have to admit the culture surrounding it is interesting. Frankly, its the
makings of a good party. And who doesnt like a good party?
If youre going to a derby party, youll need a hat. And not just a normal hat: You need an attention-whore of a hat that clearly has deep-seated insecurities and makes up for it by being in the spotlight.
To achieve that level of hat-ness, Im going to take you on a strange journey. Youve probably never noticed it, because its in a strip mall and sandwiched between a hardware store and a grocery store, but make a stop at Citi Trends (2119 N.W. 23rd; 525-4063).
Go to your left upon entering and bask in a wall of exemplary derby-esque hats. Citi Trends has them in all colors, some topped with giant bows. Trust me, youll find the perfect hat for a derby theme. Actually, you might just find the perfect hat.
Next, youll need shoes. The thing is, croquet is played outside. So, youve got your hat and your spring dress, but since youll likely be in the great outdoors, a functional shoe is important. Functionality, however, doesnt mean you have to squander fashionable inspiration.
For a shoe that will take on dual role of function/fashion, head to Heirloom Shoe (4415 N. Western; 605-0356). If you want to keep it dressy, opt for a wedge. Theyre really the only manageable heel when youre traipsing around in grass and trying to balance to get the perfect stop shot.
If youre okay with a flat, Heirloom just got in a fabulous array of open-toed jellies, and its the perfect look for summer dresses or outdoor shoes that are still trendy.
So now youve got the look. You might actually need the croquet set, right? Its a must-have for the perfect derby party, and you can get your hands on one at Academy Sports (4261 N.W. 63rd; 767-3720). The store carries a deluxe edition thats suitable for up to six players.
Youre all set! Practice your croquet stroke and make sure youve got your hat squared away. All thats left after that is to have some fun. Lets shop, OKC!