Kentucky Derby Men’s Attire is All About the Details

Jockey Silks Horse Racing Needlepoint Belt
Jockey Silks Horse Racing Needlepoint Belt

If you’re wondering what to wear to the Kentucky Derby, Brewster Belt has you covered with fashion tips and unique Derby needlepoint belts. The Kentucky Derby is a great opportunity for men to go all out with their attire from bright colors to bold prints to preppy accessories. Whether you’re attending the actual Derby at Churchill Downs or heading to a friend’s Kentucky Derby party, Derby spectators love showcasing unique and preppy spring fashion.


Bright colors and pastels are always in style at the Derby. You may want to start coordinating your outfit by selecting a pair of pants first. While traditional khaki and navy is always in style, considering stepping out of your comfort zone with colored pants: pink, yellow, green…you’re likely to see it all. Bold-colored pants pair nicely with traditional shirts and blazers. Or, go neutral with your pants and bring in some color with your blazer or accessories. Brewster Belt Company’s needlepoint belts can be fully customized, so name your color.

Walk Over Kentucky Derby Needlepoint Belt
Walkover Kentucky Derby Needlepoint Belt


Consider sporting some fun and preppy prints such as seersucker, plaid, gingham, stripes and other bold prints. Mix and match one or two prints for a contemporary look. Pants and jackets with embroidered horses, julep cups, and horseshoe designs can show people you’re serious about fun. You can also bring in prints with a preppy needlepoint belt. Add a monogram to your belt to further personalized it. When it comes to Kentucky Derby fashion, it’s okay to go a little over the top.

Gingham Kentucky Derby Needlepoint Belt
Gingham Kentucky Derby Needlepoint Belt


Say yes to a necktie or bow tie. Even if you’re wearing shorts, a bow tie can dress up your outfit and make you look that much more original. Match your bow tie with your pocket square and/or hat for a complete and coordinated look. Or, wear your bow tie on your belt for a more casual look. Focus on the details by adding a monogram.

Seersucker Bow Tie Needlepoint Belt
Seersucker Bow Tie Needlepoint Belt

The women don’t get to have all the fun with hats; men can wear them too. Men’s Derby hats are usually a solid color and inspired by the style from the 1920s such as a fedora or bowler hat.

You can also add some fun and humor to your look with your socks and belt. Whether you go classic or eye-catching, a Derby needlepoint belt will complete any Kentucky Derby outfit.

Roses and Horses Derby Needlepoint Belt

Brewster Belt Company offers an unlimited selection of custom, needlepoint belts and accessories. Create your own design or browse our designs at

Brewster Belt Men's Kentucky Derby Needlepoint Belts

Part I: 17 Things to Look Forward to in ’17…and the Needlepoint Belts to Match

Happy Holidays! We hope you enjoy time with friends and family during the holidays and we wish you a wonderful 2017. Looking ahead to the new year, this is part one of a two-part post about 2017 happenings with needlepoint belt and accessory pairings….because Brewster Belt Company wants you to look great while you enjoy 2017 (…and show off our endless custom design possibilities).

And now, 17 things to look forward to in 2017 (drum roll, please)….

1. The Second Avenue Subway
New Yorkers are looking forward to the opening of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway on January 1, 2017. Considering that the project has been planned for almost a century, we’re guessing no one is betting on it. But if you’re a betting man, we’ve got a belt for you.

2. The Presidential Inauguration
Ok, maybe you’re not looking forward to it, but after an eventful campaign season and election, on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.  Our designers have created a lot of amazing American and State Flag Needlepoint Belts.

3. The Super Bowl
Superbowl LI (that’s 51 for those of you who have forgotten your Roman numerals) will take place on February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. With a few weeks still remaining in the regular season, we have an idea who the contenders will likely be, but anything can happen…. Get a custom needlepoint football belt to support your favorite team or show your non-partisan love for the sport with our featured needlepoint football belt.

4. NFL Draft
On a related note, we raise our glasses to the Cleveland Brown fans who stood by their team this challenging year. May we suggest a needlepoint football flask to help get you through the next few games? At least you’ll probably get the first draft pick….

5. State of Nebraska Sesquicentennial
The great state of Nebraska will celebrate 150 years of statehood on March 1, 2017. Planning for its sesquicentennial celebration has been in the works since 2012, so the state should be well-prepared to celebrate like it’s 1867. Get into the spirit with a Nebraska state flag needlepoint belt.

6. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
On April 7, 2017, six new artists in the “Performer” category will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The inductees are: Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes. And rock on with a rock and roll needlepoint belt!

7. Vacation (or Staycation)
Whether you’re planning a vacation or a staycation in 2017, we hope you fit in some R&R. Either way, you can dress the part with a vacation-themed, custom needlepoint belt. Love SCUBA? There’s a belt for that. Heading to Florida? May we suggest a flamingo needlepoint belt? Or, turn up the heat in your living room and host a beach party with tropical cocktails and a cocktail needlepoint belt to match. Mele kalikimaka.

8. Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017. But it’s a long road to the Kentucky Derby and qualifying races are already taking place from now through April. If you’re planning to host or attend a Derby Party, it’s never too early to order yourself a festive horse racing belt, so you can sip your mint julep in style.

9. Summer
Much of the U.S. has been experiencing record low temps, but the days are about to start getting longer and we’re about half way to summer. Hang in there and check out our fun summer-themed needlepoint belts. Whether you summer on Nantucket or in your backyard, love fly fishing or paddling, there’s a belt for you.

Happy holidays from the folks at Brewster Belt Company and stay tuned for the next post, which will include the remaining things to look forward to in ’17…and the belts to match.