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Andrea Cheng
May 01, 2015 @ 4:45 pm

After multiple weekends in which festival fundamentals, like fringe, lace, and scandalously sheer styles, have run rampant, there's nothing more welcomed than the Kentucky Derby for a much needed sartorial palate cleanser. With a history steeped in 140 years of tradition, the Kentucky Derby has become something of a symbol of Southern genteel, elegance, and class that speaks greater than the actual race or mint juleps.

With that said, we pieced together three demure outfits that work for a day at the races or for a Derby-inspired prim-and-proper party. And since this is one event that took a style cue from the British, we topped off our looks with crazy-beautiful fascinators and floral-festooned hats. 

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Shop the look: Giovannio hat, $51; belk.com. Suno dress, $650; otteny.com. Tiffany & Co. pendant, $375; tiffany.com. Michael Kors sunglasses, $245; michaelkors.com. Rebecca Minkoff purse, $195; rebeccaminkoff.com. Zara heels, $70; zara.com.

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Shop the look: Tibi top, $450; tibi.com. Cos skirt, $125; cosstores.com. Philip Treacy headpiece, $1,940; net-a-porter.com. Tory Burch watch, $595; toryburch.com. Santi clutch, $185; shopbop.com. L.K. Bennett, $325; lkbennett.com.

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Shop the look: Reiss dress, $360; reiss.com. Hobbs coat, $365; hobbs.com. Aurelie Bidermann earrings, $190; net-a-porter.com. Leah C. fascinator, $425; leahc.com. Gedebe purse, $645; shopbop.com. Kate Spade New York sandals, $350; katespade.com.

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