The Kentucky Derby is just a day away, and while elaborate hat-gazing has become a sport for us in recent years, we’re turning our attention to the main sartorial event—dresses. Traditionally, spectators break out their finest frocks for a day at the races, and it’s a practice that still holds true today. With that said, we dashed to find the prettiest and most charming dresses and jewelry around, and chose 13 winners from a wide pool of contenders.
From ladylike florals to rich embroidered fabrics, our final picks run the gamut, but they all share a common thread of chic formality—they’re perfect for watching the derby (from the stadium or from home) or for any dressy occasion. Let’s see if your hat can top that!