And they’re off…to the fabulous boutiques and stores in Lexington, that is. Keeneland Opening Day is here, and the many women of UK’s campus are looking for that special attire for the beginning of fall horse racing in the Bluegrass.
Not only is Keeneland an awesome UK tradition, it’s a celebration of our rich heritage and horse racing at its finest. My freshman year I was completely oblivious to the marvel that is Keeneland. Young and clueless, I scheduled Friday classes that were during Keeneland hours and had no idea what to wear as Lexington fashion has a mind of its own. I had an experience I’ll never forget, regardless, and Keeneland has become one of my favorite times of the year in the Bluegrass. It is my job is to help you have the best experience at the races, looking chic, fashionable and maybe leaving a couple dollars richer!
Here are a couple of great places to look for all of your fabulous Keeneland fashion attire! You’ll be sure to make a “winning” statement. (Boys, scroll to the bottom of this post for an important tip!)
The Peppermint Palm: Who doesn’t love them some Lilly Pulitzer!? Peppermint Palm is your number one Lilly location found in not only Lexington but in Louisville as well! Filled to the brim with newly released Lilly fashions as well as some great accessories, this story will help you be one of the best dressed girls on the paddock!
Bella Rose: If you’re looking for that “big city fashion with small town charm” this is the place for you! With a sweet southern feel to it, this cute boutique on E. Maxwell has been a Lexington favorite for years.
Calypso: Looking for more of a boho chic look? Calypso is one of the best places in Lexington to find great deals just for your look. From beautiful vintage cowboy boots to dresses ordered just for Keeneland and tailgating, you will be making heads turn. Not only does this boutique have a fun name, they also offer fun deals all the time on their Facebook page.
Bluetique: This new boutique has plenty of “blue” options just for you! If you’re going for the “trifecta” and you want to be game day ready too, you definitely want to wander over to the corner of E. Maxwell and Woodland where this cute store is located! All of the prices are totally reasonable, and you get a FREE Ale 8 if you go!
World’s Apart: With their beautiful accent pieces that I absolutely love and their great selection of clothes you will be in the most perfect little spot in the world. This store is a little bit pricier so be sure to come with a fluffy wallet or bring mom in on a girl’s shopping day. She won’t be able to say no to all of the beautiful things that you may find.
Rent the Runway.com: For high New York and Hollywood fashions for a fraction of the cost, look no further! Designers such as Lilly Pulitzer, Tibi, Herve Leger, and Christian Siriano are just some of the fabulous designers featured on this website. The best part is you can rent it, wear it, and return it!
Fayette Mall: A #1 go-to place for all of Lexington, Fayette Mall can be your one-stop shopping experience. With places like Arden B., J. Crew, Francesca’s, Dillard’s, Macy’s and more, you may come out with more than just Keeneland opening day attire.
Runway Couture: Brand new to Lexington and found downtown in Victorian Square, this fashion headquarters is ready to be used. Cute and affordable fashions can be found in this little boutique in the heart of downtown culture. I came upon this place by chance and I’m glad I went in! I found some great sandals and beautiful clothes that added that extra flare to my wardrobe! Runway Couture is just waiting to be your new Keeneland top spot.
AJ’s: Tibi and Tory Burch are just some of the favorite fashions featured at this locally-owned boutique on the corner of Euclid and Tates Creek. For anyone familiar with the Tibi and Tory style, you know this look is perfect for the runway and the racetrack. But these clothes are just too hard to pass up, so don’t torture yourself if you are running on a ramen noodle budget. Tori doesn’t come cheap, unfortunately.
Some of the best places on earth can be found right here in your own backyard! As a freshman, I had no idea any of this existed, and let me tell you, it would have made my life a WHOLE lot easier. I am confident that no matter what location you go to above, you will be making even the horses notice!
And as for the couple dollars richer, that’s about all I have won at the races. But you could be that lucky one who lands the coveted trifecta win and walk away with closer to a couple hundred dollars rather than my lowly $2 profit. If you want to be sure to learn all the lingo that you need to know to place your bets, check out your K Book in the Lexington section and you’ll be in good hands. Now if you want a little more expertise than betting terminology, you may just have to check out Horse Racing for Dummies found a bookstore near you.
Now for the boys! There are some fashion skills every guy needs to know–especially if he’s going to survive the Keeneland season. One of them: How to tie a bow tie! Check out the video below for a lesson from K Bookers, Ethan and Taylor.
K Book and Keeneland Love,