Well, what can I say, I missed you guys. I’m not making any promises, but for now, I’m inspired enough to give you a piece of my mind.
So, before it’s too late to talk about it, I was lucky enough to make it to the oldest and arguably, most fashionable sporting event in the world, the 137th running of The Kentucky Derby.
The rents, who have been a number of times, invited us to roll. Now, if you know anything about my parents, you know they don’t mess around when it comes to sporting events. This adventure was no different. Valet parking, a table by the window, on the finish line, in the Turf Club (aka Millionaires Row) equipped with as much food and as many mint juleps as one could consume. Did we have better seats than Aaron Rodgers? You bet your sweet ass we did.
Seeing as this was my first time, I didn’t want to mess around and take to many fashion chances. I wanted to keep it fairly conservative, throw in a few twists, but I didn’t want to be the new jack with no class. I’d say I was successful across the board rolling straight up Seersucker from The Brother’s Brooks. Yes, it also helps to have a smoking hot woman next to you making you look better than you should.
Seersucker is damn near the most comfortable thing I own. I want to hang out in it all the time. I fully intend to push the level of appropriateness of Seersucker in the work place this summer.
Quick notes about the outfit:
- No, I’m not good at tying a bowtie, so I said fuck it and pulled a George Clooney
- Those ARE all blue wingtips, they are fantastic, and it was the first time I wore them
- I bought the suit a few months before the event, but had it tailored 2 weeks before the Derby
- Go nuts with the pocket square, especially at an event like this
All that said, it was one of the better times I’ve had and absolutely something everyone should do in their life. If I’m lucky enough to make it back, I’ll step up the clothes just a few more notches.
Some of you might say, “Hey Matt, isn’t the real action on the infield?” Well that all depends on what you consider “action”. If you mean this, then yes:
If you mean hanging out with Marisa Miller, Erin Andrews, DMC and trying to figure out if Tom Brady brought his wife (he didn’t), then yeah, I’m good with the choices we made.
To the inquirers:
- Yes, we did attend the Oaks Friday before the Derby.
- Yes, it was bad ass.
- Yes, my pants have whales on them.
- Yes, there were a shit ton of hats.
- Yes, this girl was for real, not a porn star (there were some there) and no, not paid to wear something crazy. You should have seen her Derby look.