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    35 Things You Can Wear To Watch The Kentucky Derby

    Grab a mint julep β€” it's time to splurge!

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    1. An off-the-shoulder dress inspired by the Kentucky Derby roses so chic, you'll definitely want to wear it to other events.

    Vineyard Vines

    Thirty percent of sales from a number of accessories from Vineyard Vine's Kentucky Derby collection go to the Norton Cancer Institute through Derby Divas, an organization that helps to fund mammograms for underserved women. Check 'em all out here!

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $188 (available in sizes 00–16).

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

    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." β€”Ashley H.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in 39 styles).

    3. Or a fabulous hat that'll help you outshine everyone else at the party.,

    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." β€”A. Haupt

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in 21 styles).

    4. A ruffled mini dress you'll look so fab wearing that the signature "call to post" trumpet tune will sound upon YOUR arrival.

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $92 (available in sizes 2–6, 10–14 and in four colors).

    5. A blazer to really make you stand out in the crowd so your mom can try to find you on TV if you're lucky enough to go to Churchill Downs.

    Vineyard Vines

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $350 (available in sizes 38–50 and in long or regular lengths).

    6. Or a jockey-inspired blazer, in case you're someone who really loves to go in on a theme.


    AND you and your significant other can match β€” who doesn't love that ;)

    Get it from Shinesty for $99.99 (available in sizes 36–50).

    7. A low block heel with scallop details you can pair with a dress to add a flirty touch to your Derby Day look., Amazon

    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." β€”I. Koehncke

    Get them from Amazon for $32+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in seven styles).

    8. A flowery tie that'll take your look from average to ~fresh~., Amazon

    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!" β€”Carly

    Get it from Amazon for $28 (available in 33 styles).

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

    Vineyard Vines

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $65 (available in three colors and as a tie).

    10. Soft leather cowgirl boots to channel the spirit of Kentucky while you cheer on your favorite horse.


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

    Get it from Tecovas for $195 (available in sizes 5–12 and in three colors).

    If you're looking for a similar pair that won't break the bank, check out these from Walmart for $26 (available in sizes 5.5–10).

    11. An acrylic box clutch that'll look fantastic with any bold pattern or color.


    Promising review "This clear clutch is sooo adorable. It comes with two straps, a small one and a shoulder strap. I've never really been a clutch purse kinda of girl, but I hate the idea of lugging my big purse on special occasions. My iPhone 7+ fits perfectly in here and then some." β€”JessesGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    12. A dainty horseshoe necklace to bring your chosen horse some extra luck.


    Get it from Amazon for $28.75 (available in eight lengths and three styles).

    13. A floral swing dress that'll make you want to shout "HEY WORLD, LOOK AT MY NEW DRESS!"

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $72 (available in sizes 4–14).

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

    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." β€”Shelby

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes 5.5–11 and in 15 styles).

    15. An elegant bucket hat you can wear to Churchill Downs and then when your invite finally arrives to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II.


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

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in 30 styles).

    16. 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.


    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!" β€”Catherine Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and in eight styles).

    17. A Kentucky Derby–themed pocket tee – it'll be ideal if you'll be watching the race casually amongst friends.

    Vineyard Vines

    Get it from Vineyard Vines for $42 (available in sizes 2XS–XL).

    18. Quirky socks that'll let you show off your playful style while you stand by the sidelines of the track.

    Gold Toe Socks / Via

    Promising review: "I bought these for my husband over the summer as a 'cheer-up gift'. He absolutely loves these. He works in a corporate office setting, and has gotten many compliments on these socks. He's normally a size 11.5 /12 and these fit great!" β€”Carolyn Colton

    Get a pair from Amazon for $7.50+ (one size fits most, available in 33 styles).

    19. Simple sandals you can wear with anything in your closet, making them the perfect accessory for any event (even watching The Kentucky Derby).,

    I have these in rose gold and definitely recommend them for adding a little extra glam to your outfits.

    Promising review: "If you're looking for a sleek, minimalist, good quality sandal, these are for you! I was worried that they'd be too narrow for my wide feet, but the sandals fit perfectly. Genuine leather and speedy delivery!" β€”kay p

    Get them from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes 5–11 and in six styles).

    20. A feathery fascinator you'll feel so fabulous wearing you'll want to add it into your daily wardrobe (though you may get a few questioning looks).,

    Promising review: "This fascinator is very light and fits just the way I wanted it to. It came in excellent condition. It matches the dress I bought it for perfectly and I got compliments all evening." β€”Angelica

    Get it from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in 32 styles).

    21. Or a pendant you can wear all the time to pay tribute to your favorite day of the year.

    jeanninesjewels / Etsy

    Get it from jeanninesjewels on Etsy for $12.75.

    22. An embellished shift dress that'll glitter in the sun and make you wanna strut like you were just awarded a garland of roses.

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $250 (available in sizes 2–14).

    23. Cushioned loafers to show everyone you're planning to spend Derby Day with that you are, in fact, capable of putting together a nice outfit.


    Get them from Nordstrom for $180 (available in men's sizes 7–13 and in three styles) or check out this similar pair from Walmart for $35.99+ (available in sizes 8–13 and in six styles).

    24. And a classic bow tie you won't even have to worry about tying so you can focus solely on choosing which horse will win the race.,

    Promising review: "Stellar bow tie! The color is true to what it shows online and the medium size is perfect for my 14-year-old son. Great quality." β€”Shawna M.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in both children's and men's sizing and in 36 styles).

    25. A flirty dress with a tie front and spaghetti straps that'll look amazing in all the selfies you take with your mint juleps.,

    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 in place. THEN tie." β€”Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in 22 styles).

    26. A striped polo shirt for a sharp-looking, but super comfortable, Derby Day outfit.

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $44 (available in men's sizes 2XS–2XL).

    27. And a pair of chinos to complement your new favorite polo.

    River Island

    Get them from River Island for $56 (available in men's sizes 26–40 and in short, regular, and long lengths).

    28. A cap-sleeve dress with a darling bow around the middle that'll make you feel like you've stepped back in time to witness the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.,

    Over 1,000 vintage vixens have given this baby positive reviews. Check out our full writeup on it here.

    Promising review: "This dress exceeded my expectations! It's so pretty. The belt is removable, so it can be worn however you want β€” tied in the front, back, or even the side. The top fits so nicely and I'm very happy!" β€”Harmony A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.69+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and in 43 styles).

    29. A straw hat you'll look so trendy in it'll have you raking in compliments.


    Promising review: "Excellent quality of the straw and ribbon around the hat. Looks exactly like the picture online. Great price for a quality product! I got a lot of compliments on the hat and won best costume award all thanks to this true boater hat." β€”Dayne Cunard

    Get it from Amazon for $29.94 (available in sizes M, L, and 2XL).

    30. A cute crossbody bag so you won't have to worry about stuffing all of your necessities for the long day into a tiny purse.


    Promising review: "I had my doubts about buying a purse online. I'm a little particular about my purses. I like the convenience of crossbody bags but didn't want them too long or too short and wanted a softer leather with a couple of pockets β€” not too big or little. And this bag is perfect!! I love it β€” it's all that and more! I use the purse every day. My large wallet with checkbook fits perfectly inside with room for other incidentals. It feels safe with the large flap closure. I'm so glad I took a chance and made this purchase" β€”J.S.White

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in three colors).

    31. Or a fun floral clutch, in case you're the kind of person who only travels with their credit cards and phone., Amazon

    Promising review: "Great clutch β€” looks exactly as pictured. The purse also comes with a long gold chain strap for the option to wear it on your shoulder. It's a very good size, I am able to fit a lot of things inside such as makeup, gloss or lipstick, phone, portable charger with wire, cards, and ID." β€”Ayana Oquendo

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (available in four styles).

    32. A T-shirt for when you want to chill and watch the race at home on your couch, but still feel a lil' festive.

    NorthernRootsBtq / Etsy

    Get it from NorthernRootsBtq on Etsy for $19.49 (available in women's sizes XS–XL).

    33. Lucite block heels filled with 3D flowers, a must-have for your freshly picked Derby style.


    Get them from ModCloth for $79 (available in sizes 5.5–8).

    34. Or this similar (but simpler) shoe in case you've already picked out a patterned dress and don't want your shoes to clash.


    Promising review: "I purchased the joy shoes in the beige with the gorgeous floral heel and the gray multi. Thank you Naturalizer for creating beautiful shoes for wider feet! These are so comfortable! The width of the front strap and the padding in the shoe will make this extremely comfortable when I am on vacation in just a few short weeks!" β€”Luv2Shop128

    Get them from Naturalizer for $120 (available in sizes 4.5–12, in medium and wide widths, and seven styles).

    35. And a horse head mask, because no Kentucky Derby party would be complete without an appearance of an "actual" horse.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this horse head mask. I looked for one where I live, but couldn't find one anywhere. So I do what I always do when I can't find something and I go to Amazon. This was a very cheap price, but the quality is amazing. I didn't find it to have any bad smells or anything to it at all. It looks so lifelike. It sure is a funny little conversation starter. The quality of the mask itself is amazing. There were no rips or anything in it. I would recommend this mask to anyone who is looking for a horse mask." β€”Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    You to you after putting on your fabulous new Derby Day outfit:


    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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