8 Kentucky Derby Looks We Loved at This Year's Races

The Kentucky Derby is renowned for a lot of things — two of those things being horses and hats.

This year’s Derby, held Saturday at Louisville’s famed Churchill Downs racetrack, lived up to its hype. We were there betting, laughing, and drinking as many Mint Juleps and Stella Artois Cidres as we could, not to mention admiring all of the fantastic Derby hats worn by both the ladies and the gents. Get an exclusive look at this year’s biggest Kentucky Derby fashions, with special attention paid to the fierce, fab Latinas setting this year’s trends.

Derby on, y’all!

1. Miss Kentucky

Southern Charm

Miss Kentucky, Clark Janell Davis, went sweet Southern Belle in a shallow-brimmed straw hat with ribbon, flowers, crinoline, and feathers – another big Kentucky Derby fashion trend – designed to match her silk floral dress.


2. Flowers & Fascinators

Flowers & Fascinators

Flowers and fascinators were all the rage at this year’s Derby. Attendees paired brightly colored variations with matching dresses and pastel versions, like the one seen here, with classic cream, navy, and blush.  


3. Boho-Chic

Boho Chic

Ashley Estrada, the star of Instagram’s @ashtianah and the woman behind popular lifestyle blog thescotteffect.com, kept things Boho chic (and a little patriotic) in a breezy blue dress, floppy red hat, and mirrored aviators that lend a peekaboo quality to this girl next door look.


4. Black & Blush

Dangerous Curves

Singer K. Michelle showed off her slammin’ curves in this killer black and blush number that made all the skinny girls cry and all the boys sneak a second – and third – peek. #slay 


5. Sunny Brights

Sunny Brights

We’ve got nothin’ but love for the beach brights this chica brought to the races. Her sunny orange romper is cool when paired with tan accessories, and his matching bowtie says “We’re a couple" without screaming it. Perfection.   


6. Classic Style

Looks That Last

This couple's complementary dapper and ladylike looks prove that classic never goes out of style. She’s pretty in pink with a lace embroidered, 1950’s-inspired number, and his bespoke white suit, trilby hat, and navy printed bowtie are pure gentleman’s fare. 


7. Crop Tops

The Long and Short of It

Crop tops were in full effect at the Derby, and were especially enchanting when partnered with full, frilly, knee-length and longer skirts. This showstopping look, which attendees were tripping over themselves to check out, is an over-the-top homage to all things tropical… and we love it. 


8. White and More White

Blanco y Brillante

White was everywhere at this year’s Derby with attendees donning everything from casual cotton wrap dresses to easy shift dresses to sleek, second-skin date night looks. Most topped their crisp dresses with lavish, brightly-colored hats with large brims, like the one seen here by The Hat Shop NYC. (And surprise, it’s me, the author.) Happy Derby Southern bellas! Until next year...