I’m sitting here working on this post watching the finishers come through of the Kentucky Derby Mini and Full Marathon. Nothing like watching someone run 26.2 miles in under 2.5 hours while I sit on my butt to make you feel lazy. But seriously, big congrats to anyone who went out this morning and crushed 13.1 or 26.2 miles. This may be all lip service but I’m thinking of trying to train for the mini next year. We’ll see how that goes.
The Marathon is another one of those great Derby events that gets you in the mood for Derby week. So with only TWO WEEKS until the races, it’s crunch time to get your look nailed down. Don’t panic though, you’ve still got time. If you’re in the bluegrass, head out to the local shops and start trying on dresses and if you’re not – head over here, check out some of my favorites and order away. My suggestion is to pick a site with free returns (like Revolve, Shopbop, Nordstrom), order a few dresses and then try them on at home before settling on a favorite.
Today’s look is featuring another lovely from Dress & Dwell on my friend and co-worker Hayley. This dress was tried on by a few gals and was universally flattering – it’s also the perfect blank palette for lots of colorful accessories (like her amazing Brain Atwood heels). Oh and did I mention it’s only $68.
p.s. – Today is the Dandelion Trifecta Sale! I’m about to head up there to use a little birthday gift card I have. Stop by and save on all kinds of Derby accessories!
Dress: The Navy Sweetheart from Dress & Dwell; Hat: Headcandi; Clutch: Dandelion; Heels: Brian Atwood
Photos by Whitney Neal.
Happy (and Good) Friday! This week the swirl of Derby madness really set in and I’m struggling to keep up with it on all fronts. That’s not to say it’s not a good thing – it’s just a lot of things. Add in the whole being pregnant part and it’s a lot more than I think I’m ready for.
One thing I am ready for is seeing what everyone wears to the track. Last night I helped a friend pick out her dress (seriously, it’s like my favorite hobby – let me know if you want me to do some online scouring for you OR you can just head over to pinterest to see a ton of options) and I beg anyone going to the races to spill on what they’re going to wear.
A lot of locals skip out on the Friday/Saturday activities in favor of hitting up the track during the week. Wednesday and especially Thursday have become pretty big days but you won’t see as many big hats on those days. Instead, it’s mostly pretty summer dresses with a little extra touch of accessories (and maybe a small headpiece).
My friend (and fellow Cats fanatic) Megan usually hits up the track on Thursday so she picked out this dress to style for a mid-week day at the track. We put a little patriotic spin on it with the blue Lulubelles necklace but you could easily do something with black, mint, yellow or even a really pretty teal color. If you get this dress now at Dress & Dwell, you can save it for all your summer patriotic parties (4th of July wedding anyone?).
Walden Stripe Dress: BB Dakota (under $100!); Necklace: Lulubelles
Both available at Dress & Dwell
Images by Whitney Neal.
Clearly I’ve been focused on Derby fashions for the gals but that doesn’t mean looking good at the track isn’t just as important for the guys. So today’s post is a little break from the dresses for some local love geared to the southern gentlemen in your life.
A while back, I told you all about Katie Jury – a local artist creating beautiful prints and other goodies. Well last week, her equally talented husband Tyler dropped me a note about his business – Clayton & Crume. Along with his partner Clay, Tyler set out to create a line a high-quality leather goods that combined southern style and quality materials at an honest price point. After seeing just a couple of their products, I knew I had to share their line with you all.
The line is all hand constructed here in Louisville and the styles are great for the guys and gals (this one would be great with white jeans and a chambray button down). They’ll even do something custom if you’ve got something specific in mind. I’m especially loving their Derby Collection – full of racing inspired pieces.
If you’re guy is still looking to put the finishing touch on his Derby ensemble or if you’re just looking for something a little more polished than his collegiate needlepoint belt – you’re in luck. Clayton & Crume is offering Lou What Wear readers 20% off the entire “Derby Collection” – which includes the three thoroughbred belts, as well as the jockey silks belt and the two thoroughbred key fobs. Act quick though, this offer only runs through Sunday, April 20th. Just use code Derby14 to get your 20% off.
Seriously, go snag one. All their belts are $85 and with 20% off you can get a hand-made piece for under $70.
Before you head off to do a little online shopping, put a note in your calendar to stop by The Fashion Post this Saturday, April 19th for their annual Cookies & Bow Ties shopping event. You can pick out the perfect bow tie for your guy to match your Derby look or if you’re not into that kind of thing – just let him know so he can go snag one himself. Let him know there will be cookies and bourbon balls too. Never hurts to have a couple sweet treats while shopping. All the details are below.