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But you don’t have to be heading to Churchill Downs this Saturday to celebrate the Run for the Roses in style!
On Thursday, Yahoo Lifestyle’s Chassie Post stopped by TODAY to share her take on all things Derby. Read on for her race day fashion picks and don't forget to check out our piece on planning the perfect Kentucky Derby party before the big race.
Kentucky Derby hats
According to Post, the most important piece to any Derby look is a great hat. "We found a fabulous selection of hats and fascinators at Amazon — you can get in on the trend starting at just $12," she told TODAY.
- 1. Biruil Fascinator Hat, $13, Amazon
This affordable fascinator is the perfect accessory to wear to any Kentucky Derby party. It's modest size and large color selection (22 colors in total!) make it a nice option for anyone who wants to take the traditional sundress up a notch.
- 2. Zivyes Fascinator, $12, Amazon
For an edgier style, Post also liked this fascinator headband with birdcage veil detailing. It comes in an impressive 43 styles, but be sure to look at the detailing; some hats are slightly different in design. For example, some include bows instead of feathers. How cute!
- 3. ABPF Embroidery Butterfly Fascinator, $40, Amazon
For an avant-garde take on the fascinator trend, this elevated design seems like a great option. It's adorned with little butterflies and even reaches a height of 25 centimeters.
- 4. Janey & Rubbins Feathers Floral Hat, $30, Amazon
If hats are more your thing, try this church-style topper. The wide brim and intricate detailing would fit right in at Churchill Downs.
- 5. June's Young Fascinators Hat in Black and White, $53, Amazon
According to Post, this fascinator is "the spitting image" of the hat worn by the Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to last year's Royal Ascot race in the U.K.
Kentucky Derby outfits for women
"When it comes to your Derby fashion choices, don’t be afraid to go bold!" Post said. Whether you're playing off the Run for the Roses theme or topping of your look with a statement-making fascinator, nothing's off-limits.
- 1. Run for the Roses Jumpsuit, $100, Shinesty
This cropped jumpsuit is perfect for the "fashionably adventurous," according to Post. The blue-and-white-striped background is perfectly set off by pops of bright red roses.
- 2. Saferin Fascinator, $16, Amazon
This fascinator headband is a great way to complement the preppy pattern of the Run for the Roses jumpsuit.
- 3. Fiolla Sandal, $90, Aldo
The wide hem and cropped silhouette of the jumpsuit also makes bright heels like these a great option.
- 4. Prirarwen Purse, $55, Aldo
Wicker purses are all the rage right now, and this piece seals the whole look with a kiss. It comes with an attached crossbody strap for hands-free maneuvering all day long.
- 5. Floral Print Ruffled Wrap Midi Dress, $78, Lulus
This green midi dress will take you from the Derby to a dinner date in style. It's a great piece you'll want to wear over and over again this summer.
- 6. Open-Toe Ankle Strap Sandal, $25, Amazon
These sunny heels are the perfect complement to the flowing, green fabric of the midi dress. The block heel is also apparently comfortable, according to the reviews.
Kentucky Derby Men's attire
If your guy's looking for some inspiration for Derby Day, look no further. Whether he's aiming for a classic Southern style or hoping to be the life of the party, we've got him covered.
- 1. The Rose Me Down Derby Blazer, $100, Shinesty
He can match his date in this showstopping rose blazer.
- 2. Enzo Romeo Dress Loafers, $32, Amazon
These bright red loafers will take him straight to the winner's circle. The horse-bit detailing is perfect for race day, too.
- 3. Seersucker Blazer, $295, Vineyard Vines
Macy's has a similar version from Tommy Hilfiger for 30% off!
Vineyard Vines is the official retailer of the Kentucky Derby, so it's only fitting that it has plenty of options for the big day. Post recommended this seersucker blazer, because it's a staple in any Southern gentleman's closet.
- 4. Vineyard Vines Stretch Breaker Pants, $99, Nordstrom
Contrast the blue seersucker with a pair of bright chino pants, like these in a Lobster Reef color.
- 5. Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Printed Bow Tie, $65, Vineyard Vines
No Derby Day look would be complete without a bow tie. This silk accessory has a mint julep pattern for a festive touch.
For more Kentucky Derby favorites, check out:
- Host a dashing Derby party with winning recipes, drinks and decor
- Daly Derby recipes: Siri and Carson serve Southern-style sliders, grits and cocktails
- Yes, you can rock a hat! 6 tips to make it work for you