Derby Dress a Day: For the Paddock

You all may have heard the news that Piperlime is closing (I know, such a bummer). But there is a small silver lining in all of this, especially for girls on the hunt for a great Derby dress, the site is offering 30% off everything today. That includes All the Dresses. So see there’s some good news with the bad.

Today’s dress isn’t a dress though (say whaaa!?). Since I was picking something out for a day in the paddock, I decided to mix it up and go with a romper. Bear with me on this one. If you’re going to the paddock you gotta be prepared. Seating is extremely limited, only a couple benches that people claim at like 6 am, and it is crowded, think lots of bumping into people and people bumping into you. You don’t want to be in anything too fussy but since you’re likely to be mingling with those with boxes or seats, you want to look put together. Enter the romper. Flirty, fun, feminine but not fussy. Perfect for the paddock. And with these prints, if someone bumps you and accidentally spills a little something, the print will mask it.

Top it with a big sun hat or a fascinator. Just remember to opt for comfortable shoes. You’ll be on your feet all day so go for wedges or flats.


Since the Piperlime sale is just for one day (right now at least), I’ve pulled some other options you may want to look over. Hey, all of these are perfect for summer parties, showers, weddings, you know the drill. Get over there quick though, sizes are selling out fast.

Want even more Derby dresses? Head over here.

Derby Dress a Day: For the Oaks

If you’re from Kentucky you’re probably familiar with the recent tradition of wearing pink for the Oaks (the signature race on the Friday before Derby). If you’re heading to the track, be prepared to see lots of Barbie’s signature color. The tradition was started in honor of the Oaks signature flower, the stargazer lily, and as a sign of support of Churchill Downs’ official partnerships with Bright Pink and Horses & Hope.

The Oaks race is made up of all fillies – girl horses – and before the big race, there is a Breast Cancer Survivors parade. It is by far, one of the coolest moments of the day with hundred of survivors waving from the track before horses take the main stage.

While you don’t have to wear pink, it’s definitely encouraged – even for the guys. So whatever shade of pink you love – my preference is a pastel color – plan on breaking it out.

This Ella Moss number is great for those who may be a little reluctant to go with a bright, bold pink. I think strapless numbers look great with big hats and you can dress this down easily with simple flats and a floppy hat or go more glam with a great pair of heels and a bold, structured hair or fascinator. The pale color with white details also make it easy to match with a variety of hat options. Pastel, black and white or a bright pop of bold colors will all pair well.

If this options isn’t for you, I’ve rounded up some more options. Or if you want to avoid a pink dress and opt for pink accessories, I’ve found some items that fit the bill.

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Ella Moss Debbie Dress
Wear it with:
Joie Lena SandalJoie Opal Sandal Flogg Lola Wedge 


More Pink Options: 

A Touch of Pink:

Derby Dress a Day: For the Third Floor Clubhouse

We’re 40 days away from the first Saturday in May which means it’s time to start talking Derby! Today I’m kicking off the {Derby Dress a Day} feature to get you ready for a day at the track – whether you’re going to the Paddock or a Jockey Club Suite, the Turf Club or the Infield, Grandstands or the Mansion or anywhere in between.

Kentucky Derby season is my absolute favorite time of year and one of the reasons I moved to Louisville. So this series is the one I look forward to all year round. My goal is to make it as helpful for locals as it is for those attending Derby for their first time so if you have any special requests or are looking for something and can’t seem to find it, drop me a note ( or leave it in the comments. I promise to get hunting!

Now I know you’re probably wondering where the hats are. Hats, and fascinators, are truly a personal style statement and every one wants something unique to their look. So the dresses are here to help you get started or to find a match to the hat you just had to have.

Within the next couple days, I’ll start showcasing the styled up Derby looks featuring real girls getting ready for the races in hats from amazing local milliners. I’ll also feature links and profiles on milliners that can help you put the finishing touch on your look.

This past weekend I had the very unique pleasure of having dinner with Trina Turk so I thought we’d kick things off with a pretty pastel number from her spring line along with some matching accessories.

I picked this pretty little number for a day spent outside in a third floor box. You’ll want to look polished and chic since you’ll be able to head inside and mingle with those heading upstairs but the wide straps won’t have you readjusting every five minutes plus the shape will keep you comfortable and cool.

Pair it with pretty wedges and a crossbody bag. You’ll want to keep your hands free for holding on to your program and cocktail. You also won’t want anything too big since you’ll be sharing space with five others in your box. Finish off the look with a pastel pink pair of shades and you’re set.

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