How do you feel about Thurby?
I hate the name but have become a big fan of the day. Since Oaks has become almost as big as Derby, Thurby has taken on Oaks’ local flair. If you’ve never been Thurby, or the Thursday of Derby Week, is slightly more laid back but still gives you the chance to dress up and have a little fun with your outfit. While Oaks and Derby you’re guaranteed to see hats and fascinators galore, Thurby is more of a mixed bag. Some people wear headpieces or hats while others go without. You’ll also see more petite fascinators – simple headbands with pops of feathers or flowers.
Because I am extra, I think you can go for a bold headpiece, like this one from Fascinate Designs, and just pair down your outfit a little. Rather than go for a full, over the top look, you can go for a plain dress or something simple like this jumpsuit.
In the past, I’ve been firmly against the jumpsuit for a day at the track… mostly because it makes bathroom breaks a little more harrowing. But this one was too comfy to pass up. I still think they are only an option if you have tickets inside. The outdoor and paddock bathrooms can get into Lord of the Flies territory so you may want to avoid it if you’re going to be hanging down there.