Southern Belles, listen up. Time is fast approaching for a certain annual horse race and if the phrase ‘go big or go home’ is ever relevant, it’s now. Stand out from a sea of racegoers in derby dresses made to catch the attention of everyone but the jockey. Think high quality tailoring, statement prints, and of course, a headpiece or two. Get ready to claim the derby dress of the day award. Saddle up, let’s get into it.
Patterned Derby Dresses
We Nasty Gals opt for dresses for horse races that scream personality. When you’re competing with a crowd of well-dressed racegoers, play the prints card. Our favorites? Swirling marble, eclectic animal print, and hypnotic stripes. Dial down the look ever so slightly with a one-color comfortable block heel (a wise choice for a long day on your feet) and a matching purse.
Floral Derby Dresses
If your chosen headpiece is floral-based, complement the look with a coordinating dress print. Floral dresses and horse race attire are a match made in occasionwear heaven, all the while being seasonally spring-appropriate. Blossom in flattering ditsy florals that are subtle and delicate. Or, make a statement with larger florals that are great for highlighting areas of the body you’d like to accentuate.
Formal Midi Derby Dresses
Our vote for the ultimate dress length goes to the midi. Hitting anywhere between below the knee and the calf, a midi dress is long enough to provide a modest and formal feel, while avoiding a restrictive feel. As a rule for derby dresses, we tend to avoid maxi styles which can get in the way of networking at the grandstand or clubhouse. No one wants to be tripping over their dress after they win big, either.
Formal Derby Dresses and Jumpsuits
Another derby outfit option is to go for a classic formal dress, or switch it up a little with a jumpsuit. With wide leg fits, contrasted with strappy accents and low backs, you’re certain to bring the drama. Formal dresses are ultra flattering, with their soft, flowing silhouettes and attention grabbing accents. You can’t go wrong with one of these options!
No matter what you choose to wear this upcoming derby day, or what you choose for any upcoming race days in your area, choose something you’re going to be comfortable in (and something that will look great in all the pics you snap). Wear your derby outfit with confidence, and you’re certain to have a successful day no matter your winnings.
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