Although I grew up a longgg way from the south, I feel like I’m a southern belle at heart. Florals, dresses, and feminine details have always been my cup of tea and when you add in fun accessories, well… that’s a sartorial dream in itself. It’s only natural for me to be drawn to an event that epitomizes spring time and all of my favorite fashion things! 😉 Derby time is here and I’m excited to share all of my must-have Kentucky Derby outfit essentials with you!
Kentucky Derby Outfit Essentials
Sister Jane Dress (similar here and here) | Radley London Handbag c/o | Honaira Vintage Heels (similar here and here) c/o | Floral Lele Sadoughi Necklace | Pink Eugenia Kim Bow Headband (similar here, here and here) | Vintage Pink Gloves (similar here and here) | Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick | Halo Hair Extension (use LIZZIEINLACE for $25 off!)
Looking for the perfect derby outfit? I’ve got you covered! Stand out in the crowd and channel your inner Southern belle with these Kentucky Derby outfit essentials:
Is there anything more Southern than a gorgeous spring dress? Long and flowy dresses, knee length fit and flare styles and fitted silhouettes seem to reign supreme when it comes to Kentucky Derby fashion. Some prefer solid and soft color options while others gravitate toward prints and bright colors. In my opinion, this is where you can really let your personal style shine (without taking away from your hat, of course!).
Pretty Pastels & Bright Colors
Pretty pastels and bright colors embody the unique essence of Kentucky Derby style! Personally, I’m more of a pastel type of gal and I gravitate toward soft colors that are feminine, romantic and elegant. However, I also love bright and bold hues – they are fun, exciting and stand out in a crowd. Wear either in sold form or as part of a print to complete your look!
Although, polka dots and equine prints seem to be popular, floral prints are a classic style staple of Southern fashion. And when it comes to creating a Kentucky Derby outfit, more is better! You want to stand out and have fun with your outfit! If opting for floral prints, choose one that is bold, bright and feminine, and that most importantly, compliments your accessories.
No Kentucky Derby outfit is complete without a hat! Personally, I think that this is probably what most people associate with the Kentucky Derby. A decorative wide brim hat, an over-the-top fascinator or an embellished headband really make your look. Colors, feathers, florals, bows, ribbons and other interesting elements make you stand out in a sea of fashionable headwear. If you’re looking for a show-stopping head piece, check out my interview with popular milliner, Merve Bayindir.
Another must-have Kentucky Derby outfit essential is a great handbag – opt for a simple design or go for one with a little more pizzaz! Personally, I love the Radley London Kentucky Derby collection. There are soooo many cute options that showcase pastels, classic shapes, adorable illustrations and iconic inspiration from mint juleps, roses and horses. The one I’m wear above is also large enough to hold all of your essentials and versatile enough to be styled long after Derby Day is over.
Are you a fan of Kentucky Derby fashion? Which of these essentials is your fave?