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What To Wear for Derby Day, If You're Lucky Enough to Attend


The Kentucky Derby is a horse race event held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday of May. For derby-going collegiettes, the best part of this race is the fashion! "The Kentucky Derby is a chance for every female to express her inner Southern Belle," the official website says. There is a strict dress code, but thankfully, Her Campus has your back. Here are some ideas for what to wear this weekend if you're lucky enough to attend the big race!


It is recommended to keep it super simple so it won't take the spotlight away from your hat. Remember it's spring, so wear a bright or floral dress to celebrate. Obviously, the event is outdoors, so it will be really hot.

Ruffle Halter Fit & Flare Dress ($99 at Nordstrom)

It's so cute!

Tie Front Dress ($75 at Nordstrom)


Spring vibes.

Red Midi Dress ($46 at Lulu's)

Red is so in right now and this dress is fire.

Sheer Short Party Dress with Violet Embroidery ($89 from Simply Dresses)


Short High-Low Party Dress with Floral Print ($89 from Simply Dresses)


Horse Shoe Lace Dress ($178 at Vineyard Vines)

Yaass! But kinda pricey.

Derby Icon Patchwork Dress ($178 at Vineyard Vines)

Simple yet colorful.

Embroidered Midi Dress ($135 at ASOS)


Arden Shift Dress ($168 at Lilly Pulitzer)

Lilly is always the answer.


The hats set the Kentucky Derby apart from other sports and entertainment, so you need one—and make it loud!

White Derby Hat ($60 at Etsy)


Navy Blue Fascinator Hat ($55 at Etsy)

This is everything.

Flower Hats, ($6.99 at Light in the Box


Casual Outdoor Hat ($6.99 at Light in the Box)

Simple but cute.

Formation Wide Brim Black Hat ($29.99 at Costumeish)

Giving me serious Beyoncé in "Formation" vibes.

Monogrammed Derby Hat ($32.95 at Etsy)

It's not the Derby without monograms.


A pretty pair of wedges or tasteful heels goes a long way.

Traffic Jam Wedges ($44.21 at ASOS)

A clunky bag is not where it's at for Derby Day, so stick with a cute clutch.

Urban Expressions Brooklyn Clutch ($39.95 at ShoeMall)

Happy Derby Day, Midwestern collegiettes!

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