Derby Dress

Bows & Sequins wearing a little white dress with a bow hat in Chicago.

May always marks the start of dress season for me! I tend to base my outfits around a lot of denim in the colder months, but dresses are my jam when the weather allows. I love to live in little white dresses all summer long, but I’ll admit – they aren’t as versatile when you aren’t the bride-to-be! They’re pretty much off limits for bridal showers and weddings, but there are still plenty of appropriate occasions to style your LWD… Baby showers, Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July, fancy brunches, vacations, and Derby Day, too!

Bows & Sequins wearing a straw hat with a seersucker bow and blue statement earrings.

Vineyard Vines is my go-to destination when I’m shopping for my Derby Day outfit! I’ve never actually gone to the Kentucky Derby (it’s on my bucket list!), but I always find a place to sip on mint juleps and wear a fancy hat. 👒

I’m headed back to New York this weekend for a friend’s going away party, to meet another friend’s baby, have a few meetings, and to spend some QT with Lauren! The Derby is Saturday afternoon so this might be the first year where I’m not dressing up in my preppiest duds, but I’m going to pack this LWD dress just in case we end up at a last minute party.

Bows & Sequins wearing a white fit and flare dress with a straw hat in Chicago during the springtime.

It’s been pretty rainy and gross in Chicago lately (or so I hear, I thankfully missed the bad weather while I was in Europe!), but at least those pesky April showers bring some bright blooms! It’s been so refreshing to see some color on the trees and along the sidewalk these past few weeks. 🌸🌸🌸

Bows & Sequins styling a Vineyard Vines bow hat with a little white dress in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins styling a little white dress for the Derby.

Bows & Sequins wearing a Vineyard Vines white dress for the Kentucky Derby.

Bows & Sequins styling a little white fit & flare dress.

Bows & Sequins wearing a straw sunhat with a seersucker bow paired with a little white dress for the Kentucky Derby.

Bows & Sequins styling a little white dress with a straw hat and Kate Spade patent pumps.

Bows & Sequins wearing a little white dress for a Kentucky Derby party in Chicago.

Get the Look…

Vineyard Vines White Tie-Waist Dress c/o (on sale!)
Vineyard Vines Seersucker Blue Bow Straw Hat c/o (sold out; similar here!)
Kate Spade Nude Patent Pumps
Tuckernuck Earrings (from this past fall; similar here & here!)
Call It Spring Sunglasses (also love these!)
Vineyard Vines White Wicker Clutch c/o
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff

Bows & Sequins styling a white wicker rattan clutch from Vineyard Vines.

Bows & Sequins wearing a straw sun hat with a seersucker bow.

Bows & Sequins styling a white Vineyard Vines dress.

Bows & Sequins styling a little white dress with a straw hat with a bow and patent pumps during the spring in Chicago.

Bows & sequins styling a straw hat with a blue seersucker bow and a white short sleeve dress.

What are your plans for the weekend?! Any Derby Day celebrations?

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  1. 5.3.17
    Mariah said:

    You look so cute! Totally Derby ready!

  2. 5.3.17

    These photos turned out so beautiful! I was SO happy to see the sun out today…now if we could only get some warmer temps. Have a great time in New York!

  3. 5.3.17
    Taylor said:

    These photos are gorgeous! Love that dress.

  4. 5.3.17
    Mary said:

    I love this! Your bow hat and earrings are sosoosooooo cute!

  5. 5.3.17
    Liv said:

    The perfect Derby look!


  6. 5.3.17
    m said:

    Such a cute outfit!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  7. 5.4.17
    Natali said:

    Oh my, you’re looking so glamorous and ladylike in this outfit! Beautiful hat and dress!

  8. 5.4.17
    August said:

    Love that bow on your hat <3 cute!
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  9. 5.4.17
    Sam said:

    Such a cute dress! Perfect for Derby Day/spring in general, and love your accessories too. Have a great time being back in NY this weekend!


  10. 5.4.17

    This hat is adorable! Love the whole look!

  11. 5.4.17
    Kate said:

    Love this elegant look! The bow hat and the pumps are just perfect!!!

  12. 5.5.17

    This dress is just so pretty!

  13. 5.5.17
    TAMMY said:

    I can tell you are ready for Summer. I love your little white dress.

  14. 5.5.17

    this little bag is SO cute, and so is this dreamy dress! xo

  15. 5.6.17

    That clutch is seriously perfect! I definitely need that!

    Taylor |

  16. 5.7.17

    Love this look and the earrings!