11 Dapper Bow Ties Fit for the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Vineyard Vines Diver Whale Silk Bow Tie
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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.

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Vineyard Vines Diver Whale Silk Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Vineyard Vines Diver Whale Silk Bow Tie
nordstrom.com

Vineyard Vines has plenty of preppy options for Kentucky Derby bowties.

BUY IT: $55, nordstrom.com

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Ted Baker Houndstooth Silk Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Houndstooth Silk Bow Tie
nordstrom.com

We love this charming houndstooth-textured tie – it's classic with a pop of color.

BUY IT: $59.50, nordstrom.com

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Gitman Paisley Silk Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Gitman Paisley Silk Bow Tie
nordstrom.com

Nothing says preppy like Paisley. We love this splashy bow tie, and it comes in three vibrant colors.

BUY IT: $75, nordstrom.com

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Vineyard Vines 'Hawes Pond' Plaid Silk Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Vineyard Vines ‘Hawes Pond’ Plaid Silk Bow Tie
nordstrom.com

Another winner from Vineyard Vines, this springy plaid print is perfect for the May derby.

BUY IT: $55, nordstrom.com

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John W. Nordstrom Stripe Silk Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie John W. Nordstrom Stripe Silk Bow Tie
nordstrom.com

Clean-cut and casual, this pure-silk tie is definitely dapper.

BUY IT: $49.50, nordstrom.com

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The Tie Bar Silk Squarework

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie The Tie Bar Silk Squarework
tietiebar.com

The Tie Bar brings affordable, high-quality options to the bow tie table.

BUY IT: $19, thetiebar.com

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Countess Mara Men's Eugene Reversible Stripe Dot

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Countess Mara Men’s Eugene Reversible Stripe Dot
macys.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

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Burberry Plaid Pre-tied Adjustable Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Burberry Plaid Pre-tied Adjustable Bow Tie
bloomingdales.com

For fans of more understated color scheme, we love Burberry's signature check patterned bow tie.

BUY IT: $155, bloomingdales.com

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Tommy Hilfiger Buffalo Tartan Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Tommy Hilfiger Buffalo Tartan Bow Tie
macys.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

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Brooks Brothers Repp BB Bow Tie

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie Brooks Brothers Repp BB Bow Tie
macys.com

Crisp, clean, and refined, this Brooks Brothers bow tie is a go-to for Derby days.

BUY IT: $59.50, macys.com

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The Tie Bar Seersucker

Kentucky Derby Bow Tie The Tie Bar Seersucker
thetiebar.com

Nothing says classic Southern prep like a seersucker bow tie.

BUY IT: $19, thetiebar.com

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