Madras Jackets Perfect For The Kentucky Derby

For every gentleman who lives in the state of Kentucky (let alone anywhere on the East Coast), you're going to see a lot of two things: alcoholic beverages and funny hats. The Kentucky Derby is one of America's favorite past times, but who can you possibly be mad at for falling in love with the tradition? Any time I have an excuse to wear an outfit I'd only wear once a year AND drink at the same time, I'm going to take it - I'll call in sick, cancel plans... whatever it takes.

"Madras has been the go-to blazer and suit pattern at the Kentucky Derby for decades, and nothing has changed."

But how does one attend an event like this, stand out from the crowd (of thousands of people) while still gaining a tablespoon of social proof? Many men across America are turning to the jacket I'm going to diagnose to you today as the answer - the Madras jacket. Madras has been the go-to blazer and suit pattern at the Kentucky Derby for decades, and nothing has changed (unlike most things in the menswear world that change over the course of a REM sleep cycle).

Below you'll find a few Madras recommendations tailored just for you. Before purchasing them, be sure to do three things:

1) Have a DD on derby day

2) Log out and delete Snapchat before making a fool of yourself

3) Get this jacket tailored and wear them with pants that fit like THIS, or else you'll look like a typical fat bro, bro.

Tommy Hilfiger

The notch lapels make this option a little more formal, but this is without the best color scheme I found which is why it came in first place. Shop at Gilt.com

The notch lapels make this option a little more formal, but this is without the best color scheme I found which is why it came in first place. Shop at Gilt.com

Ralph Lauren

Comes in a regular fit, so it may require a same-day trip to the tailor depending on how it fits on you. Pair with white, khaki or yellow trousers. Shop at Macy's

Comes in a regular fit, so it may require a same-day trip to the tailor depending on how it fits on you. Pair with white, khaki or yellow trousers. Shop at Macy's

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers is one of the oldest menswear brands around, but in this case 'old' means seasoned and experienced. I mean, look at this jacket!! Shop at Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers is one of the oldest menswear brands around, but in this case 'old' means seasoned and experienced. I mean, look at this jacket!! Shop at Brooks Brothers

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DJ Hargrave is a menswear blogger and founder of Tailor Made Style. His goal is to empower others to become the strongest version of themselves through their style and helping them be informed on what's going on in the menswear world. You can find him on Instagram and Snapchat @tailormadedj