What to Wear: Kentucky Derby

What to Wear: Kentucky Derby(Source: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America; Piperlime)We hail from a part of the country where springtime means horse races, and horse races mean a very good excuse to dress up. And that starts with the dress itself. It’s a key part of your day – second, of course, to a steady supply of cocktails, but far more important than the sporting event itself. (We know from experience: it’s possible to spend a day at the races and never lay eyes on a single equine). 
What to Wear: Kentucky Derby
(Source: Piperlime. Pim + Larkin Abby Floral Dress, $89 at Piperlime.)

But back to the dress: tradition dictates that we opt for something spring-y, floral, and genteel enough to keep us looking classy even after our tenth mint julep. And the no-sexpot rule goes for your shoes, too. Unless you’ll be perched in a VIP box, leave the stilettos at home and go for some sensible block-heel sandals. This is a long day, after all, and grass traversals are likely.

We like to keep the rest of our accessories to a minimum: a pair of cat-eye sunglasses add a note of retro Southern charm, while a festive little chain-strapped bag keeps hands free for cheering on your favorite horse (or for double-fisting –we won’t judge.)
What to Wear: Kentucky Derby(Source: Aldo, Les Nouvelles. 'Pekny' Sandal, $90 at Aldo; Kamali Kulture Square Cat Eye Sunglasses, $98 at Les Nouvelles.)

Finally, there’s the de rigeur oversized hat. This color-blocked Jonathan Adler style is too cute to resist, and versatile enough for beach and pool days as the weather continues to heat up.
What to Wear: Kentucky Derby(Source: Shopbop; Bloomingdales. Kate Spade Wicker Lemon Shoulder Bag, $248 at Shopbop. Jonathan Adler Floppy Hat, $88 at Bloomingdale's)