The hats at the 138th Kentucy Derby would rival any royal British social event, with stars such as Ginnifer Goodwin, Debra Messing, Cyndi Lauper and Mary J. Blige all donning oversized, elaborate headgear. It wasn't just women, either. Joey Fatone, for instance, wore a black-banded straw panama and Kellan Lutz an impish newsboy hat. But some attendees ditched the tradition and managed to look derby-appropriate, sans hats, in fun and flirty spring pastels.
Designer Christian Siriano, winner of "Project Runway" Season 4, attended the derby looking fierce in a pair of pastel blue trousers, a patterned T-shirt, blue blazer, shiny black shoes and his signature skinny rim frames. He appeared comfortable and chic in different shades of blue for just the right pops of color.
Siriano's blazer was a bold choice, helping him out on the red carpet without a headpiece. For a similar look, get the Oxford blazer from Zara.com for $159. Pair with a patterned T-shirt, such as the Asos top with all-over native print from Asos.com for $26.09 or the off white sponge pattern crew from Topman.com for $36.
Continue the pastel theme with the tailored lightweight slim-fit khaki from $39.99 from Gap.com or the Ben Sherman slim chino pants in oxygen blue from Nordstrom.com for $89.90. Try a pair of leather sneakers with white soles, similar to Siriano's, for a bit of polish to finish the look. Try the Clae Powell leather sneakers from Zappos.com for $110 or the Clae Hockney shoe, also from Zappos.com for $61.99.
These pastel blues, sleek sneakers and patterned tees will work as well for a summer party as the look did for the derby.
Photo: Designer Christian Siriano attends the Kentucky Derby on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Credit: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images