What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby: Classic White Dress for Derby

This post is sponsored by Macy’s.

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an awesome Easter weekend. My kids had a fantastic time hunting eggs (yes, even Karoline). Today wraps up my “What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby” mini-series with a classic, timeless look for Derby.

 white sheath dress // derby hat (in store) // earrings–on sale // necklace // crossbody // heeled sandals–$30 off

For my final Kentucky Derby look with Macy’s, I wanted to do a classic Kentucky Derby look. This  white knit sheath dress from Tommy Hilfiger is the epitome of classic. The cut works on a variety of body types, the knit is a great spring weight, and the length is just right. Plus, the gold buttons on the faux pockets are the perfect touch.

I knew immediately that I wanted to pair it with blue-green accents. This aqua Kentucky Derby hat is a fun color in a classic silhouette. It’s an attention-getter without being over-the-top. And this Dooney & Bourke crossbody pairs so well with it! Plus the basket-weave look of the crossbody is so on-trend. Sidenote: my first expensive bag with a Dooney & Bourke bucket bag in almost this same shade that had hearts scribbled on it for my high school graduation back in 2005:) The trick with Derby is finding a bag that will fit everything you need it to while still fitting within bag guidelines, and this one works!

I kept the rest of my look monochromatic white, because it really lets the aqua hat and bag standout. My heeled sandals are comfortable enough to walk around on, as they have great cushioning. If you grab my Kate Spade earrings, make sure to grab these to help support the earrings, and swap out the backs that come with the earrings for some backs with discs on them.

This fresh take on an all-white look is refreshing yet an all-around classic. Be sure to check out  Macy’s for all of your Derby needs, as you can grab it all in one place, and try everything on together. And if you live in central Kentucky, be sure to stop by the Macy’s at Oxmoor Center as they are currently running a Friends and Family sale that is so good!

Want a different Derby look? Check out my bold + trendy look here, and my classic with a trendy twist look here.


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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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