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    34 Cute Things To Wear To A Kentucky Derby Party

    Don't worry, this isn't a list of only oversized hats and fascinators.

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    1. A fascinator, because if you don't include one in your outfit you should probably be banned from attending any Derby Day activities.

    a reviewer wearing a pink fascinator
    another reviewer in all white wearing a white fascinator at a garden outing

    Promising review: "Bought this for a Derby birthday party and it was perfect. I got tons of compliments and it was very comfortable and lightweight." —Ashley H.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in 39 styles).

    2. A tiered Vineyard Vines dress designed with The Kentucky Derby in mind — super stylish and'll it be perfect for spring, summer, and beyond. The ruffled collar will surely make you stand out from the crowd.

    a model in a tank dress with three tiers of pink, darker pink, and red
    Vineyard Vines

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $198 (available in sizes 2XS–2XL).

    3. A fabulous hat that'll help you outshine everyone else at the party and pay tribute to your well known over-the-top personality (no shame!).

    a reviewer in an oversized hat covered in organza
    another reviewer in the pink hat

    Promising review: "This was a great hat! I was able to go to the Kentucky Derby and needed something FAST. This came in about five days and it was beautiful. I got quite a lot of compliments on it. The picture looks pinker than what it actually is, it's more of a peach or melon color. Worked great for me because my dress was melon with some pink so it actually worked out better." —A. Haupt

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in five styles).

    4. A sport coat in a playful color you typically wouldn't add to your closet because Derby Day calls for a fun wardrobe — I don't make the rules, I just enforce them.

    a reviewer in the jacket in pale blue
    another reviewer in the jacket in yellow

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the jacket. I purchased the biggest size and it fits a little snug around the shoulders, but still a beautiful jacket. The sleeves are a little bit too long but it's nothing a little tailoring won't take care of." —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available men's sizes XS–3XL and 26 styles).

    5. Or a rose-covered gingham suit inspired by the iconic garland of roses seen at the actual Kentucky Derby, a must-have for anyone who liiiiiives for a good theme.

    a model in a suit jacket and pants covered in light blue gingham and red roses

    AND if your date would like a matching dress you can order that as well 😉.

    Get the set from Shinesty for $129.99+ (blazer available in men's sizes 40–44, 48–60, pants available in men's sizes 32–34, 38, 42–50, and available with or without a bow tie).

    6. Beaded mint julep earrings designed with Derby Day in mind, guaranteed to make a statement and show everyone at your watch party how committed you are to the theme.

    a model wearing beaded oversized mint julep earrings
    beaded mint julep earrings
    Shop Golden Lily / Etsy

    IMO, you could create an entire Derby look just around these fabulous earrings. Shop Golden Lily is a small business based in New Orleans that sells stunning beaded earrings. If mint juleps aren't your thing this shop has a ton of other Kentucky Derby–inspired options.

    Get them from Shop Golden Lily on Etsy for $40.

    7. A low block heel with scallop details you can pair with a dress to add a flirty (but easy to walk in) touch to your Derby Day look.

    a reviewer in the white low block heels
    the low block heel shoes in purple, black, and pink

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this shoe. The block heel is very comfortable, and the front strap is loose enough for my wide feet. The scalloped strap does not dig into your foot. I was skeptical about the material as I normally prefer shoes made from real, breathable leather, but they are soft and smooth like real suede." —I. Koehncke

    Get them from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and 11 styles).

    8. A floral tie that'll take your look from average to Derby-ready without having to tweak the wardrobe you already own much at all.

    a reviewer in a blue floral tie
    the blue floral tie

    Promising review: "Tie was perfect! My husband is 6'4", and the tie was a perfect length (we tried other floral ties and they came up too short). The quality was good. He received compliments all night!" —Carly

    Get it from Amazon for $32 (available in 33 styles).

    9. Or a mint julep–printed bow tie to pay tribute to the Derby's signature drink and show off your signature style.

    a light green bow tie with tiny mint juleps on it
    Vineyard Vines

    Promising review: "Fun tie — was the hit of my Derby party." —Jeffrey

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $65 (available in two colors).

    10. A mini dress with gorgeous ruffled sleeves and eyelet lace you won't be able to resist adding to your already-too-full shopping cart.

    a model in a yellow/orange eyelet dress with ruffled sleeves
    a model in a white eyelet dress with ruffled sleeves

    Promising review: "Wore this cute dress to a family graduation party and got tons of compliments. It's cute, fits well, is comfortable, and I felt great in it. Versatile dress goes from work to drinks." —Kimincali

    Get it from Madewell for $138 (available in sizes 2XS–2XL and two colors).

    11. Soft leather cowgirl boots that'll be worth the splurge since you can wear them to more than just a Derby-themed party.

    a model in brown short cowgirl boots
    a close up on brown short cowgirl boots
    Tecovas, Tecovas

    I have a pair of these booties and they are honestly a country girl's (or wannabe's) dream come true — they're made of super soft leather and feature flawless details. It's kind of unbelievable just how comfortable these shoes are.

    Promising review: "I bought my first pair five years ago and wore out the soles twice from constant use, so I treated myself to a second pair. I will keep buying these boots for as long as Tecovas makes them!" —Nadia H.

    Get it from Tecovas for $235 (available in sizes 5–12 and in three colors).

    12. Or a similar (but slightly more affordable) pair of boots to channel the spirit of Kentucky while you cheer on your favorite horse.

    Promising review: "This boot is so comfy and cute!! I’ve been looking for a couple of years here and there at a short boot that would look cute all year round, even with shorts. Finally found right here!!" —K

    Get them from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and two styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    13. A pinstripe jumpsuit featuring wide legs and a darling little bow for a chic Derby Day look that'll ensure all eyes are on you when you enter the party.

    a model in a light blue pinstripe jumpsuit with thin straps and a bow in the chest area
    a model in a light blue pinstripe jumpsuit with thin straps and a bow in the chest area

    Get it from Anthropologie for $198 (available in sizes 00–16 and in standard and petite lengths).

    14. An acrylic box clutch that'll look fantastic with any bold pattern or color and ensure you have a safe place to store your phone, keys, etc.

    a clear acrylic bag
    a reviewer's clear clutch bag

    Promising review "This clutch bag is GORGEOUS! Came well packaged too. Wore it to a party over the weekend and everyone loved it as well." —Sandra

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in three styles).

    15. A flirty dress with a tie front and spaghetti straps you'll love so much that you'll want it in every single color.

    a reviewer in a pale yellow dress
    a model in the dress in pale green with white flowers on it

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Pro tip: If you want your bust to look even better in the dress, get a push-up adhesive bra. Pull the ties across each other over the connecting part of the bra, and use two safety pins to hold [it] in place. THEN tie." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 30 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    16. A dainty horseshoe necklace to bring your chosen horse some extra luck. You can totally layer this with your other go-to necklaces any day of the week, not just on Derby Day.

    a delicate gold necklace with a horse shoe charm

    Hot Mix Cold is a small business based in Texas that sells minimalist styled jewelry through Amazon Handmade

    Get it Hot Mix Cold on Amazon Handmade for $28.75 (available in eight lengths and three styles).

    17. Faux-suede espadrille sandals to add the perfect finishing touch to that dress you've had picked out since last Derby Day.

    a reviewer's tan espadrille platform sandals
    a reviewer's white espadrille platform sandals

    Promising review: "They are so great!! Sturdy and amazing quality for the price. Definitely considering buying them in different colors. I got my normal size and they fit great. I have wide feet and they have plenty of room." —Shelby

    Get them from Amazon for $20.95+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and 62 styles).

    18. An elegant bucket hat you can wear to Churchill Downs (or, you know, your friend's apartment) and then when your invite finally arrives to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.

    a model in a grey floppy hat
    a reviewer in the hat in red

    Promising review: "Great quality, head turner! Fits well, not too heavy, blocked the sun." —IndiGeniux Accessory Co.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in 30 styles).

    19. A Kentucky Derby–themed belt complete with various jockey uniforms around it that'll transform your typical "Sunday best" outfit into one worthy of the renowned race.

    a blue belt with jockey jerseys around it
    a model wearing a blue belt with jockey jerseys around it
    Be Ribbon / Etsy

    Be Ribbon is a small business based in Ridgewood, New Jersey that sells belts and collars.

    Promising review: "My husband wore this belt at our Derby party this past weekend and it looked great! Well made and fast shipping! I will definitely be coming back to this store." —Christy Scango

    Get it from Be Ribbon on Etsy for $26.50+ (available in men's waist sizes 30—58).

    20. An off-the-shoulder romper dress so you won't have to worry about everyone seeing your undies when there's an unexpected gust of wind if you happen to be watching the big race outdoors.

    a reviewer in the romper dress in white with green leaves
    a reviewer in the romper dress in black white white flowers

    Promising review: "I love this romper dress. I could wear it every day. I get so many compliments on it. I'm 5'10" and 180 lbs. with big boobs. An XL fit me and was actually big enough for my torso without giving me camel toe! My friends have all been begging for one of these dresses. It does come wrinkly, but you can just iron it and then enjoy feeling like a goddess!" —Catherine Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 14 styles).

    21. Quirky socks that'll let you show off your playful style while you scream your head off the moment the announcer says "aaaaand they're off!"

    green dress socks with a jockey on a horse on them

    Promising review: "I have found that I can never go wrong with Hot Sox. While they have the weight of a dress sock, the knit is comfortable and will last you more than one season unlike other graphic socks." —Phineas1887

    Get a pair from Amazon for $9.96 (available in one size).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    22. Mules with a Gucci-vibe to them but without the hefty price tag — you can snag 'em in an array of colors (pastels for spring, baby!) and rest easy knowing you didn't spend your entire paycheck on them.

    model in pink mule flats with gold buckle

    Promising review: "Wow, what a steal. These look great. Good value and quality, true to size, and comfortable. Highly recommend a good slip-on shoe; perfect for summertime in the workplace or to tie your outfit together at brunch. I want them in black now, too." —LC

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and nine styles).

    23. rainbow striped dress with a vintage feel to it that'll help you manifest warm weather and an ideal Race Day.

    A model laying in the grass while wearing the dress that has puffy sleeves, a square neck, and is knee-length
    Mr Water New York on Etsy

    Mr Water New York is a New York-based small business that sells stylish fashion options (many are vintage-inspired!)

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress!! I get so many compliments when I wear it and it’s truly one of a kind." —Victoria Kennedy

    Get it from Mr Water New York on Etsy for $89 (available in sizes S–XL).

    24. An organza bow ponytail hook to add to a touch of light pink beauty to your look — think of how gorg this will look with your top knot as well!

    a model wearing a light pink organza bow in their hair
    The Hair Edit

    I recently received this pretty little accessory and gave it to my sister — it's a bit more her style. She absolutely loved it, put it in her hair immediately and promptly left my house (oh, little sisters). It looked so cute and was so easy to add in to the elastic she had in her hair all day. 

    Get it from Ulta or