Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fashion Fix: Dressing for the Derby

In just a few weeks the Mr. and I are going to be heading to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the Kentucky Derby.


I could not be more excited about this trip.  It's like this sporting event was meant for me!   With its rich traditions deeply rooted here in the south, its every preppy girls dream!  From donning beautiful spring pretty dresses, topping it off with a stylish hat and sipping on mint juleps all day, I can already tell I'm going to love pretty much everything about the derby.

I've done a lot of reading and research about the derby and was surprised to find that the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sports event in the United States. Over the years, many traditions have formed, but dressing for the derby has stayed the same.  Beautiful spring dress in pretty pastels, florals or bright colors are sure to make you derby ready and no matter what style you choose, something preppy to express your inner southern belle is a must.  

Quite possibly the most popular tradition associated with the derby are the hats!  Wearing a hat at the derby is supposed to bring good luck so that is how that tradition began! High fashion, style and elegance can be seen all over Churchill Downs.  I'm probably most excited about this part of getting dressed up for the derby.  When I was a little girl I LOVED wearing hats. I would always look forward to Easter so I could wear an Easter hat to church and sadly this is a tradition that has kind of died.  I have the fondest memories of my grandmother helping me embellish my Easter hats with silk  flowers.  

The verdict is still out on just what I'm going to wear, but thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite combinations I've found so far.  I know lots of people attend derby parties so hopefully this will help give everyone some inspiration.  You can see my Pinterest board HERE with lots of fun ideas!  

Loft has this pretty one shoulder eyelet dress in pink fizz and it so feminine. I just love the ruffle at the top and the scalloped hemline! 


I thought it would be perfect paired with THIS blush pink hat.  That bow is so pretty and preppy and I like the idea of a monochromatic ensemble in different shades of pink. 

There is nothing quite as classic as a white dress and this Lilly Pulitzer lace one with fringe detail at the waste makes it unique.



Navy and white is one of my favorite color combinations so I think this hat would go well with the white dress and be the perfect classic style for the derby.
Vineyard Vines is actually the official clothing sponsor of the derby and they have such cute things for the big day.  I just love everything about this Run for the Roses dress paired with the straw hat and seersucker bow.  





Lastly, this lovely Lilly Pulitzer print is so bright and fun for spring. The colors are so vibrant and I love the pink detail on the neckline.  


Paired with a simple hot pink hat, I think this would be a darling derby day outfit! 


And let's not forget about the guys!  The Mr. isn't usually one to dress overly preppy, so I'm super pumped to see him in seersucker and a bowtie.  How handsome would any guy be in some of these?!

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I'd love to know...are any of you attending the Derby this year?  Anyone going to a Derby party?

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