The 10th annual Fillies and Stallions Derby Party is just over a month away, and Derby fashion is already ramping up for the season. If you haven’t started planning your Derby attire for the festivities this year, now's the perfect time. Fun, bold fashion is a must for Derby season, especially when it comes to the signature Derby hat! Whether you’re headed to the track or attending the exclusive Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party, Derby season is all about looking your best. 

From bold and vibrant to classic and elegant, there’s a Derby trend to suit any style. Take a look at some of this year's hottest Derby fashion to plan the perfect runway-worthy outfit to make a statement this year.  

Embrace the Season  

The Derby is the perfect time to break out your spring best. From bright colors to sweet florals, spring fashion is everywhere throughout Derby season. This year is all about vivid hues, with colors like lime green, sunny yellow, and royal blue stealing the spotlight. Try a colorful cocktail dress or flowy floor-length gown in one of this season’s luminous hues, and you’ll look perfectly on-trend. Jumpsuits and skirt sets with a bold pattern are an excellent way to stand out during the Derby festivities with a look that’s uniquely you. Pair your Derby dress with coordinating wedges or heels for a monochromatic look, or go with a classic black or nude pump. You can’t go wrong with a signature piece of equestrian-themed jewelry to channel the Derby spirit.

The men aren’t left out of the fun when it comes to Derby fashion! While most men opt for a classic suit or blazer, you’ll find an array of unexpected colors and patterns at Derby. Look your finest in bright hues and pastels, or go bold with florals and plaids. Try a linen or seersucker suit for the ultimate Southern Gentleman look—perfect for the spring weather. If you’re not into the bold Derby styles, a refined color palette is always in style. Tie in some bold accessories, like bright socks, floral pocket squares, or printed neckties, to add a perfect touch of personality to your Derby outfit. You can always incorporate some equestrian-themed suspenders or bow ties to capture the racing spirit. Finally, add a polished pair of oxfords or loafers to tie your Derby outfit together effortlessly.      

The Derby Hat 

When it comes to the perfect Derby outfit, it’s all about the hat! A beloved tradition here in Kentucky, no Derby look is complete without the hat. Now that Derby is just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll make a statement with your Derby hat. This year, you can expect Derby hats to be just as bold as Derby fashion. Classic wide-brimmed hats with a gorgeous array of flowers are always in style, but ornate fascinators are stealing the show this year. Consider adding a bold fascinator to your Derby outfit to nail the perfect eye-popping look. For the men, a classic straw fedora or bowler hat adds that dapper touch to any Derby outfit. PinkTag Boutique, a local Louisville favorite, offers a custom Derby hat designer that gives you hundreds of style options to choose from for a fabulous Derby look. 

Are you ready to show off your Derby best? The 10th annual Fillies and Stallions Derby Eve Party is the premier chance to witness the best in Derby fashion. Though this is a private, invite-only event, you can stay up to date with all things Fillies & Stallions on Facebook and our event website. For information on how you can score a spot on the guest list, complete our contact form for exclusive updates.