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Kentucky Derby Attire: Outfit Ideas + Accessory Inspo For Men + Women

Party Attire Inspiration + Ideas To Help You Put Together The Perfect Kentucky Derby Party Outfit

Theme Parties are SO much fun… once you arrive. But the stress of finding the right outfit for a particular theme can fill you with dread. Kentucky Derby party outfits can especially feel like a lot of pressure. Since it’s likely to be a heavily photographed theme-party, we’ve curated a list of great outfit options to help you achieve on-theme attire on a budget.

These fun, high-society accessories and outfit ideas are a little over-the-top. Hosting a Kentucky Derby party can be great fun, too! And isn’t that the point of the Kentucky Derby? Everything is over the top. So let loose, and have a little fun with your wardrobe. Your attire doesn’t have to cost a lot to make a big impact on party day.

The accessories and outfit ideas below are intended to inject the big Derby vibes on a budget (so you can pair them with clothes you already own). If you want a deep dive on something specific, we have additional articles focused on Kentucky Derby hats for men and Kentucky Derby dresses for women.

Men and Women alike will pull out all the stops for a Kentucky Derby themed party, so don’t hold back! And the good news? If you’re a procrastinator… many of these items are available to ship FAST. You’ll be photo-ready faster than you can drink a mint julep!

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1. Bright Pink Ladies Fascinator

For the ladies, fascinators have quickly become just as popular as hats at the Kentucky Derby these days.

This one packs a punch in bright fuschia, but is also available in a variety of other colors to match your attire. This is a simple way to dress the part on a budget!

2. 100% Silk Men’s Kentucky Derby Themed Bow Tie

This single sink bow tie will make your whole Kentucky Derby outfit shine!

Super classy, highly rated for quality, and made of 100% silk.

3. Oversized, Neutral Organza Detailed Hat

An easy pairing with just about any dress, this oversized hat will complete your Kentucky Derby outfit on a budget.

Lightweight, but statement-heavy. This neutral color is a great pick, but this one’s available in many other colors!

4. Men’s Plaid Pantsuit – Kentucky Derby Attire

For maximum impact, embrace a this plaid pantsuit and pair it with a classic hat and bow tie. You’re sure to win best dressed!

Available in several colors, this suit has a modern, slim fit.

5. Classic Straw Boater Hat, Unisex

This classic straw hat style has Kentucky Derby outfit written all over it.

Instantly take your look to the track with this unisex hat.

6. Kentucky Derby Themed Socks

These Hot Sox Kentucky Derby Themed Socks Are Sure To Get A Laugh At The Party!

Take a seat at the party, and show off these Kentucky Derby themed socks (while you sip your mint julep). The are the perfect way to add some detail to your outfit.

7. Mens Striped Bow Tie (Adjustable)

Here’s a single accessory that can take a shirt and jacket into Kentucky Derby zone.

This is highly rated, and the bright kelly green and navy is one of many color options.

8. Run For The Roses Themed Rose Lapel Pin

What better nod to the Kentucky Derby than a ‘run for the roses’ rose lapel pin. This is a super easy (and budget) way to accessorize clothes you already own!

A subtle, yet perfectly on-theme accessory option for men (as a lapel) or women (as a pin or to adorn your clutch/bag).

9. Maxi Polka Dot Women’s Dress

Opt for this affordable dress option, so you can splurge on some statement accessories to cap off your Derby look!

Available in several colors, you can easily coordinate with your favorite accessories! For more dress options, browse our dress round up here.

10. Run For The Roses Hawaiian Style Men’s Button Down

Try a slightly different take on party attire for the Kentucky Derby, and wear this rose-themed button down in honor of the Run for the Roses!

You’ll have a unique look, and stand out in all the photos!

11. Women’s Fascinator-Style Headband

No better way to accessorize a dress with instant Kentucky Derby vibes than with a fascinator style headband!

This look could not be easier to add to your outfit, and costs far less than a fancy hat! Many colors available.

12. Women’s Derby Party Hat

This statement hat in ivory would pair well with a pattered dress for Kentucky Derby.

Large enough to get noticed, but it won’t compete with a patterned dress. It’s even adorned with an organza rose! Available in several colors, including black, navy, pink and white.

13. Women’s Pale Blue Ruffle Pencil Dress

This statement Kentucky Derby dress has southern ruffle vibes, but will allow your hat or fascinator to take center stage.

Available in several colors, the pale blue option is our fave.

14. Women’s Black Oversized Kentucky Derby Hat

This statement hat would pair well with a patterned Derby dress – and comes in several colors and also similar fascinator styles.

Adorned with feathers, this is the perfect statement hat for a Kentucky Derby watch party.

15. Men’s 100% Wool Kentucky Derby Gangster Hat

Who said hats are just for the ladies at a Derby Party?

A quality option made of 100% wool, this stylish hat will earn you extra bonus points if you coordinate the color with your date’s dress.

16. Men’s Beige Linen Suit w/ Vest For Kentucky Derby Party

Super neutral, so your tie or bowtie and hat will get the attention they deserve.

This great option for a spring Kentucky Derby watch party is budget friendly, too.

17. Blue Ruffle Sleeve Derby Dress

This bell sleeved dress is perfect for Kentucky Derby day (and you’ll be able to wear it later, too)!

Available in multiple colors.

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