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Kentucky Derby Outfits: 5 Must-Have Styles

1. The Dazzling Dress

Starting from scratch? Deck yourself out with the season’s finest figure-flattering dresses. Fit & flares are universally accommodating, and A-line dresses are great, fitted options. Whatever you choose, brights, pastels & feminine prints are a must.

Stylist Tip: Head to your local thrift store to pick up some vintage white gloves for the occasion. Subtle details like this will help your outfit really stand out in the crowd. —Sam K.

2. The Statement Shoe

The best thing about watching the Derby? You don’t actually have to run on the track. That means, sky-high heels are in the game! Remember, being over-the-top is encouraged here, so reach for bold shoes, too.

3. The Head Gear

We do declare, you’re going to need a hat. It can be simple (think: floppy sun hat), overstated (this is the best excuse of the year) or a dainty fascinator. These chic headpieces often come with netting and are secured to your hair with a comb.

Stylist Tip: Can’t find a bold hat that fits the occasion? Dress up a basic one with feathers and ribbons from your local craft store. You’d be amazed at what a glue gun can do! —Dana T.

4. The Diamonds & Pearls

While your hat will inevitably steal the show, statement jewelry is a close second in terms of accessorizing. Diamonds (or crystals), pearls and (faux) furs are acceptable adult costuming details for this event.

Stylist Tip: Let your hat shine as the primary accessory, then add on statement diamond earrings or oversized pearl studs. Top it off with layers of pearl necklaces if you’re feelin’ yourself.
—Lauri O.

5. The Face

The cherry on top of your look: be playful with corals, bright pinks & bold lips this year. Try a delicate, thin cat eye or a heavy-handed, dramatic eyeshadow approach. Above all, have fun—it’s just an excuse to eat, drink, be merry and watch some horses!

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Are you off to the races? Talk derby to us in the comments!

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