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Can you wear all black to the Kentucky Derby


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So, the Kentucky Derby trip is still on for Saturday. I’m still dreading it because it will take 3-4 hours to get there (driving). Once there it will be another 4 or so hours hanging out in the infield. I won’t get to see the horses race live. I’ll watch from a jumbo TV with the rest of the infield crowd. And once it’s all over, it’s back on the road for a 3-4 hour drive home. I don’t have any desire to experience the Kentucky Derby (even from the reserved seating areas where you get to see the actual horse race), much less from the infield. But I’ll be going (unless something changes between now and Saturday at noon) [ UPDATE Saturday May 13 2023: Something did change. The plans were canceled and I did not go to the Kentucky Derby last Saturday May 6th 2023 after all ]

Yesterday I wrote about Kentucky Derby infield dress code. Basically, from everything I was able to learn researching yesterday, you can pretty much wear anything you want if you’ll be experiencing the Kentucky Derby from the infield. You can dress up if you want to dress up or you can dress down. That suggests to me that, yes, you can wear all black to the Kentucky Derby–at least in the infield.

I’ll be choosing to dress down on Saturday because I don’t want to have to deal with wardrobe issues on top of the stress and anxiety of just being out there for 4 hours doing nothing, but just waiting for the member of my 3-person party who will be off with the media personnel watching the actual horses race. So I’ve purchased an all black outfit from Fashion Nova to wear.

I think it’s probably not recommended to wear all black to the Kentucky Derby even if you’ll be watching on a TV at the infield. But I don’t generally like to follow fashion rules. And I definitely don’t want to be part of the derby fashion show. There will be people in the infield who will still take advantage of the opportunity to dress up. It is after all the Kentucky Derby. But I have no intention to be on parade myself. So a black tank top with black pants and a black over-shirt with my old ankle boots will make up my ensemble on Saturday. I’ll wear a black cap ( not to have on a hat for the derby but just to have on a hat for my comfort ). And that will be it for me. Hopefully I’ll get through the event without any issues.

As for you and whether or not you can wear all black to the actual Kentucky derby (reserved seating areas)? I didn’t see anything in the dress code write up on the Kentucky Derby website that suggests you can’t. It does seem to recommend nice bright spring colors, but it doesn’t say you’re required to wear one color or another. More to the point, it does not say you cannot wear black or any other color. You probably can’t wear what I’m going to wear. Or maybe you can? After all, shouldn’t you be free to wear whatever the heck you want? I think so. I can’t imagine they deny entrance to reserved seating ticket holders based on how they’re dressed. But who knows?

I’ll write a post once I’ve experienced the derby from the infield and let you know how it went.

Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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