Kentucky Derby outfits tend to go a little something like this: Dress. Statement hat. Voilà. It's a classic formula that needn't be updated, but in case you're hoping to put an unconventional twist on your race day look, we're here to help.
While the Derby is the perfect occasion to bust out your most outlandish hat, accessories of the sort aren't necessarily required (though they're certainly encouraged). The vibe tends to skew overtly springy (think bright colors and festive prints) and a little bit preppy, which can be interpreted in a handful of ways. Here are five fashion girl–approved looks worthy of an appearance at Churchill Downs.
A-line silhouettes feel right at home for the Derby. Instead of a dress, try a high-waisted skirt styled with a crop top and blazer. The effect is still polished, albeit a little edgier than a traditional take.