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How to find a dress for the Kentucky Derby

Whether you're attending the 2021 Kentucky Derby or not, the Derby is a time to let your personal style shine.

Set foot inside of Churchill Downs that weekend, and you'll see a vast range of dresses, hats and the like.

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For women, hats and dresses are the most crucial items to nail down before a weekend at the Derby.


Here, we're focusing on dresses. Take these steps in figuring out your best look ahead of the Derby weekend.


Determine your price range

Once you determine your price range, you'll have better idea of which route you should take in buying a dress for the Derby.

Prices can vary a lot. On the lower end, you can find a Derby dress for less than $100. But most places you look, you'll see dresses going for hundreds of dollars.


Once you figure out how much you're willing to spend, you'll have a better idea of where you should look.

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Where to look for Derby dresses


On the lower end of the budget scale, Amazon is a good place to start.


As with most products, Amazon has no shortage of options.


But there are plenty of ways to find a dress directly from a seller that completes the elegant springy look you might be looking to pull off. Here are some of the top Derby dress sellers:

-Anthropologie

-ASOS

-City Chic

-Forever 21

-Macy's

-Missguided

-Modcloth

-Nordstrom

-Nordstrom Rack

-Saks Off Fifth

What kind of dress do you want?


From formal attire, to sundresses to cocktail dresses, there are a variety of directions you can go in choosing your dress for the Derby. Also, if you're attending a Derby party and not the Derby itself, it could depend on the setting (outdoors vs. indoors, type of crowd, etc.)

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It's also a good idea to have your dress complement your hat, as the hat is often the signature styling item at the Derby. "The Greatest Two Minutes In Sports," sure, but it's a whole lot more than that for fashion enthusiasts.


Finally, you may need to ask yourself what part of your outfit you want to emphasize. If you want the focus to be on your hat, a simple dress may suffice. If it's the opposite, perhaps go bolder with the dress.


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