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Last Minute Kentucky Derby Outfit Ideas

05/04/2012 at 06:00 PM ET

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Off to celebrate the Kentucky Derby tomorrow and don’t know what to wear? Not to fear — we’re here to help!

For women, a springy, patterned dress is the way to go. Lilly Pulitzer has many options that fit the bill, including the $188 Lavin dress (left), a flirty floral frock with an empire waist and delicate ruffles along the halter neckline.

Paired with Via Spiga nude “Ryan” pumps ($98.90, center), the outfit gets its Kentucky charm in the form of a floppy hat from Nine West ($32.99, center) — a Derby trademark that’s said to bring luck to the race.

For the mint julep-sipping men, seersucker suits provide style and comfort (it’s supposed to be 84 and muggy at Churchill Downs come Saturday!). So get spiffy in a suit like this one (right), from Vineyard Vines ($395), which features printed silk piping and two front pockets. (Perhaps you can finish the look with one of the brand’s horse-print bow ties?)

And since sneakers won’t do, guys can find comfort in neutral boat shoes (try this $69.95 pair, center, from Margaritaville), which breathe in the heat and add that extra touch of class. Tell us: Are you watching the Derby tomorrow? Who are you rooting for?

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