Whether you’re heading to Louisville or just hosting your own Kentucky Derby-watching party, you know the perfect look is an important part of race day. But while it’s undeniably fun to get decked out in an enormous hat and a pretty spring frock, it’s easy to drift into costume territory with a combination of such big and bright pieces. Don’t get us wrong—if that’s your jam, you do you! But if you tend to gravitate toward more minimal looks and want to go for a more everyday ‘fit than an over-the-top combination, we’re here for you with seven seriously chic ensembles to recreate (along with some solid hat suggestions) for your weekend of derby-themed fun.
The Look: A White Mini Dress
Wear With: A Straw Wide-Brimmed Hat
Flouncy mini dresses are a fun, easy option for last-minute plans. Go with a white shade and straw hat for summer vibes.
The Look: A Red Midi Dress
Wear With: An Embroidered Floppy Hat
Since everyone else will be wearing pastels, why not stand out in a bold red number? Choose a breezy midi dress for comfort all day, and add a floppy hat with matching embroidery for the perfect finishing touch.
The Look: A Navy Shift
Wear With: A Straw Boater Hat
If you’re a minimalist at heart, opt for a low-key shift dress in a neutral color. To bring it into the season, add a pair of bright white mules and throw on a boater hat for a chic take on a derby classic.
The Look: A Wrap Dress
Wear With: A Color-Blocked Rancher Hat
I love a good wrap dress and, judging from my Instagram feed, everyone else does too. Go with the season’s must-have piece paired with a simple rancher hat for a perfect day-in-the-sun look.
The Look: A Floral Midi Dress
Wear With: A White Straw Sun Hat
Nothing says spring quite like a floral midi dress, so go with this ensemble for a classic look. A white sun hat will freshen up a darker color, and silver loafers add an unexpected flair if you need a little something extra.
The Look: A Basic Top and A Polka-Dotted Pencil Skirt
Wear With: A Garden Hat
If summer dresses really aren’t your thing, forgo the floral maxi for an all-black combination. A polka-dotted skirt is just fancy enough, and a long-sleeved tee will ensure you’re comfortable and warm all day long (because really, who knows how the weather will turn out?).
The Look: A Black Two-Piece Set
Wear With: A Boater Hat
I can’t think of a better occasion than the Kentucky Derby to officially break out that adorable two-piece set for the season. Go for a top and skirt in black, and throw on your straw boater hat for a standout ensemble you’ll end up wanting to wear every day of the week.
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Featured photo by @itsdemib.