The Kentucky Derby is a chance for every woman to express her inner Southern Belle. The race’s founder, Colonel M. Lewis Clark, Jr., had a vision for an experience that felt both comfortable and luxurious. Today, a myriad of fashions can be found at Derby – from cool sundresses to simple cocktail dresses and even more formal attire. But all these styles have one thing in common: the big Derby hat!

Party Fashion Tips

Brunch Event

A pantsuit, cocktail dress or business formal attire is recommended. Of course, you’ll want to accessorize accordingly. Pearls, a vineyard vines clutch and a stunning Derby hat are a must!

Garden Party

Casual is key. Emphasize your Derby hat with a colorful sundress or business-casual attire. Simple accessories and fashionable shoes make the perfect compliment.

Backyard Party 

Here, comfort reigns supreme. Relaxed attire, like jeans, a downplayed sundress or even shorts, is perfectly acceptable.

What will the dress code for your party be? Visit vineyardvines.com for the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby and to get inspired!