LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS 11)--This year, Derby style is evolving from simplistic peplum dresses to multiple shades of seersucker. You no longer need to subscribe to boring florals and tan chinos from your closets. Let’s update your prints and invest in trousers your date can be proud of. We are going flirty, bold and monochromatic this season!

What do people wear to The Kentucky Derby is thee second most topic of conversation after who won the race. The third, is what we actually wore! What locals call ‘The Derby,’ is one more opportunity to take our Sunday’s best straight to the winner’s circle.

Every week leading up to 'The Run for the Roses' we are teaming up with celebrity stylist and fellow KYian Ben Wills and Blogger Bethanni Williams, on how to find the best style options this race season. You can find them Here: iBenWills.com or iBenwills on instagram and Bethanni Williams at ILuvBethanni.com.

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The key to looking really stylish this Derby season is easy: Opt for a monochromatic outfit. It’s a foolproof way to look polished and put together. The trick still works even if you mix in different shades of one main color. To accomplish the coveted triad of comfort, style, and sophistication, all you need is a mild color pallet and sculptural, clean lines. The possibilities are really endless.

Kentucky Derby: Monochromatic by ben-wills featuring long sleeve shirts

J Crew long sleeve shirt
$125 - jcrew.com

J crew
$125 - jcrew.com

J.Crew high waisted jeans
$160 - jcrew.com

J.Crew stripe pants
$125 - jcrew.com

Qupid boots


J Crew leather jewelry
$74 - jcrew.com

House of Harlow 1960 necklace

Nordstrom navy fascinator

Goorin straw fedora

KEK Amsterdam Behang papier wit 8.3m x 47.5 cm, Wallpaper 089
$120 - wonenmetlef.nl