Wondering how you should dress if you’re venturing to Indianapolis for the 500 this weekend? Show up in seersucker and a bow tie and you’ll stand out like a sore thumb. The Kentucky Derby this is not. That’s the thing about style, while a navy blazer and khakis is a great look most of the time, it needs to be tweaked so as not to alienate people in certain situations. You wouldn’t wear it to shop at Wal-Mart and you won’t wear it in the 500 infield.
Now, by all means, don’t show up wearing cut off jorts and a wifebeater; there will be enough faux rednecks trying to be ironic. The key for the day is to dress comfortably and keep it casual. You’re going to be sitting out in the hot sun for hours, so keep it light and bring plenty of sunscreen. The 500 really is a celebration of America, considering it is held Memorial Day weekend, so working some red, white and blue into your ensemble is always a safe bet.
*A couple notes: Leave the nice sunglasses at home. There’s a distinct possibility you will either lose or break your sunglasses so bring something you won’t mind replacing. The watch strap in the second look is a nod to the late Dan Wheldon’s color scheme when he won his first Indianapolis 500 in 2005.
Homage USA T-Shirt ($28) / Streaker Sports Miracle on Ice Shorts ($38) / Knockaround Premiums ($14) / Rowdy Gentleman American Sunglass Straps ($10) /Anchored Style Whiskey Flag Coozie ($4.50) / New Balance 574 ($67.99)
Southern Point Co. Greyton Polo ($72) / Chubbies The Derby Shorts ($49.50) / Country Club Prep Longshanks Sunglasses ($13.07) / Knot Clothing BYOB D-Ring Belt ($56) / Izola Three Sheets to the Wind 5 oz. Flask ($25) / Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Boat Shoe ($80) / The Knottery Black and Red and White NATO Watch Strap ($10)