Time to get your Southern Belle on, it’s Derby time!  There’s no better excuse to don your favorite hat, a bright fit and flare dress, and toast your mint julep.  Whether you’re lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby in person or hosting a Derby party at home, Derby fashion rules apply!

Wear a hat… yes, that one!  The Easter bonnet, the high fashion sculpture hat, whatever.  Don’t hold back!  Wear color, and lots of it — pastels, brights, anything but basic black.  This is pure Southern style.

Simple jewelry is the rule here.  No statement necklaces or large bangles.  Let your hat be your major fashion accessory.  As for shoes… heels, heels, heels!!  OK, maybe pack some flats in your bag if you’re attending in person, but otherwise the higher the heel the better.

While most women wear dresses to the Derby, a classic, preppy look in pants is also appropriate.  Most of all, just have fun with your look!