Derby Dress a Day: For the Turf Club

Hey high rollers, you going to the turf club? Today I’ve got something for you but only for those ready to make a statement.

If you’re not familiar, the Turf Club is an exclusive, indoor/outdoor area of the track. The space includes a dining room, bar areas, your own betting windows and some prime balcony space. Those attending the Kentucky Derby in the Turf Club can expect to rub shoulders with celebrities and a local who’s who. (Got an extra ticket? Take me!) You won’t have to worry about finding a seat, so I say go for a great heel. You’ll also have a table to lay your things down on so you don’t need to worry about a cross-body or bigger bag.

Today’s dress is a bright bold Mara Hoffman number. It’s not for the shrinking violet but why not go big and stand out from the mass of pastels and florals that you’re sure to encounter (not hating, love me some pastels and florals). To finish this off, I’d top it with a fascinator in a matching blue or play off the touch of turquoise in the print.

I’m seriously hoping I bump in to someone sporting this number. If so, expect a big high-five. You’ve been warned.

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Mara Hoffman Sunset Point Dress 
Pair with: Vince ‘Agatha’ Sandal | Marc by Marc Jacobs Envelop Clutch 

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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.

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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:

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