Derby Day Style Guide: 3 Derby Midis with Stephanie Ziajka, Author of Diary of a Debutante

It’s time again! The Kentucky Derby (aka the perfect opportunity to put your favorite pretty, polished styles on full display) is just around the corner! While the festival is famous for its parade of wow-worthy hats and fasteners, your dress is seriously important. We teamed up with Derby dressing expert Stephanie, author of Diary of a Debutante, to show you three Derby-perfect midis.

“Derby Day is just around the corner, and as they say, it’s the most exciting two minutes in sports! Whether you’re at Churchill Downs or in your backyard, it’s every southern belle’s favorite excuse for getting dressed up and throwing a party – the day has really just become a fun excuse to connect with neighbors and friends! That being said, there is a heavy emphasis placed on fashion. So, if you’ve got an event on the calendar but no idea what to wear, I’ve partnered with Maggy London to create the ultimate Derby Day Style Guide!” - Stephanie Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante

What are you waiting for? Giddy up! These dresses are off to the races.


The Alyssa Midi

Derby Day is all about color. Whether your ensemble is monochromatic or accented, don’t be afraid of color…which is why I love the Alyssa Midi dress! The gorgeous shade of pink makes me smile, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more Elle Wood-approved work dress than this one. Plus, it’s fully-lined with slight stretch that’ll keep you comfortable and confident all day long.” - Stephanie


The Cecilia Midi


“This is hands down my favorite Derby Day look!”

“The pinstripe print and floral embroidery on the Cecilia Midi dress is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for spring.” - Stephanie

“I was immediately drawn to the Cecilia Midi – I absolutely love this dress. Not only is it perfect for Derby Day, it can be worn on repeat throughout the remainder of spring and summer. Plus, the soft floral embroidery takes its sweet feminine flare to another level!” - Stephanie


The Noreen Midi

“I said before that Derby Day is all about color. While that’s true, bold pops of color can make an even bigger statement than all-over color combinations…I was looking to go the more classic route, so I picked the timeless Noreen Midi dress. I absolutely love soft white in the spring, and this dress has a sweet ruffle detail that mixes its classic cut with a more feminine flare. Plus, it’s elegant enough to wear to formal engagements while still comfy and breathable enough to wear to the office and outdoor cocktail parties!” - Stephanie

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The Cecilia Midi | Also available in petite sizes

The Alyssa Midi in Strawberry Jam | Also available in petite and curve sizes

The Alyssa Midi in Navy | Also available in petite and curve sizes

Photos by Catherine Rhodes