Vineyard Vines has plenty of preppy options for Kentucky Derby bowties.
BUY IT: $55, nordstrom.com
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Nearly as important as scoring tickets to the Kentucky Derby is finding the perfect springtime Derby outfit. The official Kentucky Derby website outlines the particular attire; for girls, this means a simple sundress and a wide-brimmed Southern-Belle derby hat. For men, this means a bright and preppy necktie – and nothing fits the classic Southern occasion more than a vibrant, colorful bow tie. We’ve shopped around and found the perfect Kentucky Derby bow ties from department stores across the South. Once you’ve picked out your preppy Kentucky Derby bow tie, don your loafers (sockless, of course), top it off with a fedora, and throw back some bourbon (neat) or a Mint Julep.
We love this charming houndstooth-textured tie – it’s classic with a pop of color.
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Nothing says preppy like Paisley. We love this splashy bow tie, and it comes in three vibrant colors.
BUY IT: $75, nordstrom.com
Another winner from Vineyard Vines, this springy plaid print is perfect for the May derby.
Clean-cut and casual, this pure-silk tie is definitely dapper.
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The Tie Bar brings affordable, high-quality options to the bow tie table.
BUY IT: $19, thetiebar.com
We’re all for products that work double-duty, this two-for-one tie has stripes on one side and dots on the other.
BUY IT: $45, macys.com
For fans of more understated color scheme, we love Burberry’s signature check patterned bow tie.
BUY IT: $155, bloomingdales.com
We love this preppy bow tie, plus it comes in the colors of few of our favorite SEC teams.
BUY IT: $49.50, macys.com
Crisp, clean, and refined, this Brooks Brothers bow tie is a go-to for Derby days.
BUY IT: $59.50, macys.com
Nothing says classic Southern prep like a seersucker bow tie.