12 Dresses to Rock at the Races

Channel your inner Southern belle in one of these ladylike sundresses.

A halter top, knee-length skirt, and fun floral print make this dress too sweet to pass up.
A halter top, knee-length skirt, and fun floral print make this dress too sweet to pass up.

Milly halter Carolina indigo roses print dress, $395 at Piperlime.

Stand out at the races in this season’s must-have mint color, kicked up with a breezy print.
Stand out at the races in this season’s must-have mint color, kicked up with a breezy print.

Mini tulip dress with flute sleeves, $69.08 at Asos.

Exude polished sophistication with a simple peplum dress. All you need is a fascinator and a pair of sleek sandals, and you’ll fit right in with the royal family.
Exude polished sophistication with a simple peplum dress. All you need is a fascinator and a pair of sleek sandals, and you’ll fit right in with the royal family.

Peplum dress, $74 at Miss Selfridge.

Sweetly feminine and perfect for a hot day at the races.
Sweetly feminine and perfect for a hot day at the races.

Guipure combination dress, $129 at Zara.

A preppy striped dress just begging for an oversize straw hat and a big pair of sunglasses.
A preppy striped dress just begging for an oversize straw hat and a big pair of sunglasses.

Villa Dress, $88 at J.Crew.

You can’t go wrong with a strapless sundress, and this number is the same shade as the freshly mown lawn.
You can’t go wrong with a strapless sundress, and this number is the same shade as the freshly mown lawn.

Colordot Slowdance dress, $225 at Madewell.

Sleek and sexy, this lilac Alice + Oliva dress is race-day appropriate thanks to a peplum ruffle and high neckline.
Sleek and sexy, this lilac Alice + Oliva dress is race-day appropriate thanks to a peplum ruffle and high neckline.

Alice & Oliva Victoria peplum dress, $264 at Shopbop.

Looking to make a statement in a designer dress but not interested in shelling out the cash? This bright Nanette Lepore from Rent the Runway is idea for a sunny day outside.
Looking to make a statement in a designer dress but not interested in shelling out the cash? This bright Nanette Lepore from Rent the Runway is idea for a sunny day outside.

Nanette Lepore Red Daisy Love dress, $65 for 4 days at Rent the Runway.

For a more relaxed look that’s still totally on trend, opt for a cotton maxi dress.
For a more relaxed look that’s still totally on trend, opt for a cotton maxi dress.

Raceback maxi dress, $29 at Tobi.

You can’t go wrong with a design covered in cherry blossoms.
You can’t go wrong with a design covered in cherry blossoms.

Strapless dress, $265 at Elizabeth McKay.

There’s something incredibly sweet about this boatneck number—maybe it’s the bow-tie belt?
There’s something incredibly sweet about this boatneck number—maybe it’s the bow-tie belt?

Eryn dress, $198 at Lilly Pulitzer.

Want to really make a statement? Try this coral-patterned column.
Want to really make a statement? Try this coral-patterned column.

Devon Baer Caitlin long dress, $348 on Etsy.

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