Kentucky Derby Party Dresses and Hat Must Haves

Lindsey Vonn poses in a wide brim hat and fashion forward dress at the 2012 (138th) Kentucky Derby. Image courtesy of Huffington Post
Lindsey Vonn poses in a wide brim hat and fashion forward dress at the 2012 (138th) Kentucky Derby. Image courtesy of Huffington Post

Can you believe the Kentucky Derby is less than a week away?! I’ve always been a huge fan, in fact my mom and I rescued a dog during the Derby three years ago and we named him Calvin in honor of Hall of Fame  jockey Calvin Borel. Yes, we love the Kentucky Derby that much! If you won’t be heading to Churchill Downs next weekend, but you’re looking to throw a party or will be heading to one, there are three things you must have:

  • A beautiful fashionable hat

  • A gorgeous spring dress

  • And a mint julep!

Once you have those three things covered, all you have to do is arrive and I believe you’re all set! Here are a few of my favorite dresses and hats which would be perfect for the Kentucky Derby next weekend or if you’re heading to a Derby themed bridal shower or party some time in the future. Happy weekend! PS: Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog post to check out more current dresses and hats in the Shop The Post widget.

 

It’s going to be 96 here in Northern California next weekend (unheard of this early in the year) so this would be beyond perfect!

alice + olivia Boat Neck Open Back Dress in Silver. Shopbop
alice + olivia Boat Neck Open Back Dress in Silver. Shopbop

 

A classic little blue dress that you can wear time and time again! PS It’d look amazing adorned with a statement necklace!

Rebecca Taylor Runway Knit Dress in Jewel. Shopbop
Rebecca Taylor Runway Knit Dress in Jewel. Shopbop

 

In the world of fashion, chevron print is always classic!

Tbags Los Angeles in Blue and White Chevron. Shopbop
Tbags Los Angeles in Blue and White Chevron. Shopbop

 

You can’t go wrong with chic peplum at the Kentucky Derby!

 

Central Park West Newport Peplum Short Sleeve in Sky Blue. Revolve Clothing
Central Park West Newport Peplum Short Sleeve in Sky Blue. Revolve Clothing

 

 

alice + victoria Victoria Peplum Dress in Mint. Shopbop
alice + victoria Victoria Peplum Dress in Mint. Shopbop

 

A fun boho dress for a Derby party!

L*Space Tribe Cold Shoulder Dress in Multi. RevolveClothing.com
L*Space Tribe Cold Shoulder Dress in Multi. RevolveClothing.com

 

 

Floral print is one of the top spring fashion trends for 2013!

Parker Lily Dress in Secret Garden. Shopbop
Parker Lily Dress in Secret Garden. Shopbop

 

 

Floral Print Bittersweet Cros Back Dress by MINKPINK. Shopbop
Floral Print Bittersweet Cros Back Dress by MINKPINK. Shopbop

 

 

Nothing says preppy quite like Lilly Pulitzer. Adore these dresses!

 

Lilly Pulitzer Marie Kate Lace Dress in Flutter Blue or Hotty Pink. NeimanMarcus.com
Lilly Pulitzer Marie Kate Lace Dress in Flutter Blue or Hotty Pink. NeimanMarcus.com

 

 

Lace Lilly Pulitzer Rosaline Dress in Ginger Orange About Face Lace. Zappos
Lace Lilly Pulitzer Rosaline Dress in Ginger Orange About Face Lace. Zappos

 

 

Eyelet dresses!

Lilly Pulitzer Antonia Eyelet Dress in White. Zappos
Lilly Pulitzer Antonia Eyelet Dress in White. Zappos

 

 

Madewell Chambray Eyelet Dress in Waterfall Wash. Shopbop
Madewell Chambray Eyelet Dress in Waterfall Wash. Shopbop

 

 

Lace Tank Dress in White by Twenty. Shopbop
Lace Tank Dress in White by Twenty. Shopbop

 

 

Swoop Dress in Punk Floral. Color: Emerald Pool. J.Crew
Swoop Dress in Punk Floral. Color: Emerald Pool. J.Crew

 

 

Lace Rocco Dress by Free People in color Cherry pink. Shopbop
Lace Rocco Dress by Free People in color Cherry pink. Shopbop

 

 

Maxi dresses:

 

Skinny Stripe Maxi Dress in Blue and White by Young Fabulous & Broke. Shopbop
Skinny Stripe Maxi Dress in Blue and White by Young Fabulous & Broke. Shopbop

 

 

Open Back Maxi Dress in Multi by Tbags Los Angeles. Shopbop
Open Back Maxi Dress in Multi by Tbags Los Angeles. Shopbop

 

 

Zoe Cover Up Maxi Dress in Orchid Chevron. Shopbop
Zoe Cover Up Maxi Dress in Orchid Chevron. Shopbop

 

 

Belted Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress by Michael Michael Kors. Net - A - Porter
Belted Pleated Chiffon Maxi Dress by Michael Michael Kors. Net – A – Porter

 

 

Kentucky Derby hats!

 

Jonathan Adler Overstitched Straw Sun Hat in Black. Shopbop
Jonathan Adler Overstitched Straw Sun Hat in Black. Shopbop

 

 

Melissa Odabash Jemima Sun Hat (also available in Black). Shopbop
Melissa Odabash Jemima Sun Hat (also available in Black). Shopbop

 

 

Gucci GG Fedora.
Gucci GG Fedora.

 

 

Eric Javits Maribel Wide-Brim Squishee Hat in Fuchsia.
Eric Javits Maribel Wide-Brim Squishee Hat in Fuchsia. (also available in black or white)

 

 

Laundry by Shelli Segal Angelina Striped Sun Hat. Nordstrom
Laundry by Shelli Segal Angelina Striped Sun Hat. Nordstrom

 

 

August Hat Diamond Romantic Hat. Nordstrom
August Hat Diamond Romantic Hat. Nordstrom

 

 

August Hat Garnet Romantic Hat in Fuschia. Nordstrom
August Hat Garnet Romantic Hat in Fuchsia. Nordstrom

 

 

Down Striped Brim Hat in Natural Black. Nordstrom
Down Striped Brim Hat in Natural Black. Nordstrom

 

 

Medium Down Brim Derby Hat in Ivory, Black, Blue or Lilac. Nordstrom
Medium Down Brim Derby Hat in Ivory, Black, Blue or Lilac. Nordstrom

 

 

Kate Spade New York Colorblock Woven Sun Hat in Natural/Zinnia Pink. Nordstrom
Kate Spade New York Colorblock Woven Sun Hat in Natural/Zinnia Pink. Nordstrom

 

 

Large Up Brim Derby Hat in Fuschia/Ivory, Cobalt/Cloud, Coral/Ivory, Black/Ivory or Ivory/Black. Nordstrom
Large Up Brim Derby Hat in Fuschia/Ivory, Cobalt/Cloud, Coral/Ivory, Black/Ivory or Ivory/Black. Nordstrom

 

 

Lanvin Straw Sun Hat in Ivory. Nordstrom

Lanvin Straw Sun Hat in Ivory. Nordstrom

Or if leopard print is your thing…here’s a fab option!

Seraphinite Down Brim Derby Hat in Leopard or Grey. Nordstrom
Seraphinite Down Brim Derby Hat in Leopard or Grey. Nordstrom

 

 

August Hat 'Helene' Cloche in Black or Putty. Nordstrom
August Hat ‘Helene’ Cloche in Black or Putty. Nordstrom

 

 

If hats aren’t your thing, you could always do a fancy headband like this one below:

Cara Fascinator Headband in black/pink. Nordstrom
Cara Fascinator Headband in black/pink. Nordstrom

 

 

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