Hold your horses! Well, actually, it's the time of year to let them run wild. The Kentucky Derby is upon us! What most of the world knows as a 2-minute race in Louisville, Kentucky, is a regional, weeks long celebration that draws people from all over the country to the Bluegrass State and Southern Indiana.

Finding the perfect outfit for Derby Day can be a challenge, but don't worry! We're here to help! We've curated a list of local boutiques that will take the stress out of transforming you into a Derby darling. Here are some of the SoIN shops and boutiques you won't want to miss:

Mariposa Consignments

Mariposa Derby Blog

This shop is a staple in Downtown New Albany so there is no surprise that this makes a great stop for Derby. Consignment offers an affordable option for derby attire. You cannot go wrong with their hat selection. From big, avant garde hats to understated fascinators, whatever style you're looking for, Mariposa Consignments has options.


House of K Boutique + Headcandi

House of K Derby

House of K Derby Headcandi

Craving some serious razzle-dazzle for Derby Day? Look no further than the dazzling Headcandi pop-up at House of K Boutique!  While House of K is always a haven for stunning dresses, for a limited time, Headcandi is curating a show-stopping collection specifically for Derby season. 

Get ready to unleash your inner fashion icon. Think shimmering dresses that catch the light, dazzling fascinators that demand attention, and exquisite jewelry that adds a touch of glamour. This pop-up is a one-stop shop for everything you need to be the most radiant at the races or a Derby gala!


Hazel Jane Boutique

Hazel Jane Derby

Hazel Jane

Don't forget to balance your fancy attire with some cozy pieces from Hazel Jane Boutique! They offer fun options like graphic tees and comfy clothes that say 'Derby' loud and proud. Shop their selection of flowy dresses full of bright colors and flowery prints, perfect for the big race or a night on the town.

Hazel Jane

In addition to apparel, this shop is a treasure trove for Derby enthusiasts who want something unique. They feature items from over 20 local artisans and offer unique accessories like permanent jewelry and a station for designing your own trucker hat! Imagine a one-of-a-kind Derby hat you created yourself with your friends memorializing such a special occasion – that's the kind of special touch you can find at Hazel Jane Boutique.


Eureka! Menswear

Eureka Menswear Derby

Eureka Menswear Derby

Gentlemen, we have not forgotten about you. Eureka! Menswear offers a unique selection of new, vintage and consignment clothing for men. Whether you're searching for a timeless suit or a statement piece, their curated collection has something for every style and budget. The variety makes it easier to find a one-of-a-kind ensemble!

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Sapphire on Spring

Sapphire on Spring Derby

Sapphire on Spring Derby

Jeffersonville's hidden gem, Sapphire on Spring, boasts a curated collection of dresses, jumpsuits, and separates that are perfect for creating your ideal Derby look. 

Whether you crave a breezy spring dress or a chic jumpsuit, their friendly staff will help you find a comfortable and stylish outfit that reflects your personality. Plus, with a range of price points, you can find a Derby-worthy ensemble without breaking the bank.

Top it all off with their selection of Derby-inspired accessories, from statement earrings to elegant hats, and you'll be ready to turn heads at the races (or your Derby party)!


If you need some extra relaxation or pampering, pre/post Derby some honorable mentions are:

  • Wimsatt Soap + Soy Candle Bar - Indulge in self-care at this family-owned haven. Their handcrafted soaps, candles, and body care products come in delightful scents and are perfect for post-Derby pampering.

Wimsatt Derby

Wimsatt Derby

  • The Wildflower - Discover unique gifts and treasures for friends and family back home at this new shop brimming with eclectic finds. 

The Wildflower Derby

Don’t Forget to Explore the Big Four Bridge

Kana Big Four Bridge

No visit to SoIN or Louisville is complete without experiencing the iconic Big Four Bridge. This pedestrian and bicycle bridge spanning the Ohio River offers stunning views of Louisville and the surrounding area. Take a leisurely stroll or bike ride across the bridge to enjoy the fresh air and scenic vistas.

Big Four Station Park

Tip: The bridge is open 24 hours a day, so you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset during your stay. Be sure to check out Big Four Station Park on the Jeffersonville side for additional green space, a playground, and even a Farmers Market from 9 a.m. – Noon on Saturday.

What are your Derby activities this season? Tag us in your festivities around town using #GoSoIN!

Looking for an outsider’s guide to SoIN? Check out “Spring Road Trip from Chicago to Southern Indiana” by Chicago lifestyle blogger Taylor Justin, The Haute Seeker! She offers five exciting things to do in SoIN.