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Fashion Inspiration: Kentucky Derby


Kentucky derby fashion
Kentucky Derby Fashion | Photos Courtesy of ELLE

For one weekend in the spring, celebrities and fans alike flock to Louisville, Kentucky for an American tradition known as the Kentucky Derby. While Churchill Downs may be famous for horse racing and its legendary winner’s circle, the location of the Kentucky Derby is actually a hub for fashion.

Pretty and colorful sundresses are seen amongst the crowd, but the real statement pieces are the large sun hats and fascinators. While some are more conservative than others, the hats are definitely the center of attention. (Aside from the horses, of course!)

While you may not be attending the Derby this year, you can rock a fun springtime look inspired by Kentucky Derby fashion. Below, I’ve created two different outfits inspired by the Kentucky Derby. Scroll down to see them:

Run for the Roses

Kentucky derby inspired outfit 1
Dress, Shoes, Hat, Bag, Necklace, Earrings, Sunglasses

You’ll be ready for the winner’s circle in this feminine ensemble! Wear a pretty mint sundress with a pair of fun polka dot wedges. Add a pink jeweled statement necklace and oversized sunglasses for a trendy twist. Grab a neutral-tone clutch and put in rose stud earrings, then complete the look with a floppy sun hat — this would be the perfect girly look for a beautiful spring day.

Off to the Races

Kentucky derby inspired outfit 2
Dress, Shoes, Fascinator, Bag, Necklace, Earrings

Whether you’re off to watch the races or just out to lunch campus, this look will have you ready to go in style! Wear a pink printed skater dress with a pair of wedges and an envelope clutch. Horseshoe earrings add a fun accent, while a teardrop statement necklace gives a girly appeal. If you want to go all out (maybe for a Derby viewing party?), finish the outfit with a fun feather fascinator.

What do you think?

Are you going to watch the Kentucky Derby? Would you wear any of the looks above? Which look is your favorite? Would you like to see more posts like these in the future? Let me know in a comment below!

Posted on on April 23, 2013 / Filed Under: Inspiration / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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5 Responses to “Fashion Inspiration: Kentucky Derby”

  1. 1
    April 23rd, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    What an interesting idea for fashion inspiration! I really like both of the outfits. Love that big sunhat :)

  2. 2
    April 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I am OBSESSED with the Kentucky Derby!!! I try to watch it every year!! :) Those outfits above are soo cute!

  3. 3
    April 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, just so I can wear a big fancy hat! Love both outfits, especially that mint dress!

  4. 4
    April 23rd, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I love the look in the middle (at the top of post). I think that all of these are so cute! I’ve always wanted to wear a fascinator and I love big sun hats!!!

  5. 5
    April 27th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love fascinators! The Kentucky Derby is the perfect place to see them. I love Jeannie Mai’s at the top the most :)

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