By Andrea Cheng
May 01, 2015 @ 4:45 pm
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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; Suno dress, $650; Tiffany & Co. pendant, $375; Michael Kors sunglasses, $245; Rebecca Minkoff purse, $195; Zara heels, $70;


Shop the look: Tibi top, $450; Cos skirt, $125; Philip Treacy headpiece, $1,940; Tory Burch watch, $595; Santi clutch, $185; L.K. Bennett, $325;


Shop the look: Reiss dress, $360; Hobbs coat, $365; Aurelie Bidermann earrings, $190; Leah C. fascinator, $425; Gedebe purse, $645; Kate Spade New York sandals, $350;

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