Get your mint juleps ready! The 2018 Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 5, and whether your headed to Churchill Downs or watching with a friend, the annual Run for the Roses is the perfect excuse to break out your prettiest cocktail dress and channel your inner Kate Middletonwith a chic hat or fascinator.
While there is no formal dress code for the fastest — and preppiest — two minutes in sports, attendees in the stands and boxes usually sport their springtime best. Pastel and floral dresses rule the roost and are best when paired with wedge sandals and cute block heels. But the highlight of the Derby is undoubtedly the hat parade. Whether you’re into wide-brimmed styles or sculptural fascinators, a colorful headdress is your best accessory.
For those of Us not off to the races this weekend, your viewing party fashion can still be just as chic! We’ve rounded up the best springy frocks, festive hats and fun fascinators that’ll have you rolling in Kentucky Derby style. Keep scrolling to see our favorites!
Vineyard Vines Run For The Roses One Shoulder Dress
A subtle nod to the theme of the day, this ruffled one-shoulder design is oh-so-pretty. $158, vineyardvines.com
Marzi Large Brim Wave Hat
This lightweight rose-colored design is neutral enough to top off any ensemble. $400, neimanmarcus.com
Donna Morgan Daisy Lace Dress
The epitome of springtime chic, this dainty lace A-line style is universally flattering, and we love the mellow yellow hue. $228, anthropologie.com
Jenny Pfanenstiel Pink Floral Fascinator
Wear your own little piece of Derby history with this festive headband from Forme Millinery — the official milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum. $108, vineyardvines.com
Lilly Pulitzer Zina Stretch Romper
Consider this textured white one-piece the modern alternative to the classic cocktail dress. $198, lillypulitzer.com
Jennifer Behr Rosette Headband
A cross between a turban and headband, this rose-adorned style is a fun take on a traditional fascinator. $325, jenniferbehr.com
ASOS DESIGN Pleated Ruffle Midi Dress
Brighten things up with this vibrant tangerine midi that has unexpected back cutouts for added edge. $87, us.asos.com
August Hat Company Dress Me Up Feather-Trim Floppy Hat
Grosgrain ribbon and tonal feathers are sweet upgrades to this sophisticated topper. $74, bloomingdales.com
Eliza J One-Shoulder Sheath Dress
We’re not sure what we love more about this one-shoulder sheath: the poppy color or the cute ruffled sleeve design. $148, nordstrom.com
ASOS Simple Hair Fascinator
The peach-like hue of this textured bow design adds that touch of whimsy your outfit is screaming for. $16, us.asos.com