2014 marks the fourth year preppy favorite vineyard vines is the "Official Style of the Kentucky Derby." While the overarching theme of the collection stays the same year after year – easy-to-wear styles with an air of formality – the collection varies each year. But those pastels and seersucker vineyard vines is known for? Well, those come back again and again. Company founders Shep and Ian Murray shared with ABC News insights into each year's collection. Click through the next few pages to see what's sylin' for Derby 2014.
"In 2011, the first year of our Derby partnership, we studied historical images and looked at photos from years past to really define our Kentucky Derby collection. The collection included a lot of jockey silks, something we saw as a classic element in Derby fashion, and something we continue to include in the line today." - Shep Murray
"The 2012 collection reflects our experiences at the track and the importance we grew to understand around Oaks Day and the color pink. We adopted that idea into the collection, using more pink and also, adding in some signature vineyard vines aesthetic-lattice inspired prints reimagined with horse bits and the like." - Ian Murray
This is also from the 2012 collection.
"2013 was the first year we introduced a full men's suit for the Derby. We realized that for our male customers, the Derby was the perfect time of year to really embrace over the top fashion and wear something bold."
"This year, we've truly embraced both men's suiting and pink, designing a few dresses themed pink for Oaks Day and introducing colored linen blazers and party suits. Also, we've noticed that our classic white Derby dress is a versatile piece. Our customers are wearing a white dress with Derby silk for the occasion and then later using the dress again for graduation, showers, etc." - Ian Murray
Also from the 2014 collection.