Much is made of women's hats and fashions for Derby, but men, too, have a tradition of dressing up for the first Saturday in May. And for a day at the races, one of the easiest ways to add interest to a look is with unique accessories.
Neckwear can provide a dose of elegance to everything from an everyday shirt to a seersucker suit, and there are loads of styles out there.
One great source is California-based Ties.com, which offers thousands of products at its online site, including neckties, bow ties, cuff links and tie bars.
The company's Galloping Horse cuff links feature racing horses and jockeys, available in silver or with a touch of color, $54. And tie patterns including One Horse Race; Jockey Silks; Mint Julep Afternoon and Cap, Saddle and Crop are a fun way to add a touch of color.
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And for the neckwear newbie, the Ties.com blog offers some great tips on how to tie a knot, guides on pairing shirt and tie patterns, and more.
More shopping news
■ Você, at 124 Clay Avenue, will host a Derby hat trunk show 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday featuring styles from Headturners. For a preview of the designs, go to Myheadturner.com.
■ Scout Antique & Modern, 935 Liberty Road, will host its spring open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with special sale items, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and lots of new spring inventory. Also, the store will be open 1 to 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
■ Carl Meyers, 111 Clay Avenue, hosts a Weill trunk show of early fall merchandise designed and made in France. The collection features dresses, jackets and outerwear, including a plaid wool poncho. The show started Wednesday and runs through Saturday. Drop by or call for an appointment, (859) 252-2004.
■ Ann Greely Interiors, 497 East Main Street, will host a J. McLaughlin trunk show featuring the spring 2014 collection from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
■ Nitro of Frankfort's annual Derby hat trunk show kicked off Tuesday with a visit from Kentucky first lady Jane Beshear. Through Derby, buy your hat at the store, at 220 West Main Street in Frankfort, and a portion of the proceeds will go to Horses and Hope.