I’m going to start today’s post out addressing the Derby elephant in the room – the forecast. Right now, things aren’t looking ideal BUT do not let that get your Derby spirits down. My most memorable Oaks and Derby days were also some of the rainiest.
The very first time I went to the Derby, I was a sophomore in college and went with a big group of friends. Things started out a little overcast but nothing to dampen our plans of crushing the infield. Everything was just as ridiculous as you’d imagine it until no joke, a monsoon moved in. A severe thunderstorm (we didn’t know that until after the fact) moved in and dumped a ton of rain, along with wind and lightning. Our crappy, not-smart-at-all phones didn’t work so no one could warn us of the weather, we were out on an island (although one that was still infinitely better than what the one Fyre Festival was on). With nowhere to go, we huddled up and rode out the storm under the flimsiest tents known to man. Afterward, there was water up way higher than our ankles and giant mud pits everywhere. And you know what? It was crazy fun. People definitely made lemonade out of lemons, albeit very muddy lemonade. If a Derby in that kind of weather can instill a love that keeps you coming back EVERY year, then you know you can have fun no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.
Another time, Drew and I went to the Paddock with a big group of friends on a rainy day. We spent most of the day drinking Budweisers and hiding out from the intermittent storms. Then, right before Derby, a random work contact texted me and invited us up to the 5th floor for the big race. We ended up singing ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and watching the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports from one of the fanciest areas of the track. Drew spent most of our time up there stalking Michael Jordan, who was in the dining room next door. It was absurd and we definitely didn’t belong up there (see the above-referenced Budweisers) but it was certainly something we’ll never forget. And those are just two of the maybe five or six rainy days we’ve been out there.
All that’s to say that a little rain didn’t stop our Derby parade and you never know who you’ll meet or where you’ll end up. So pack a poncho, wear comfortable shoes and don’t sweat a little rain.
Cupcakes & Cashmere Stripe Shift from Dress & Dwell
Frye Sandals c/o | Dagne Dover Stripe Clutch c/o
On to the outfit, how cute is this pink stripe shift? If you scored a last minute invite to Oaks, they still have this number at Dress & Dwell. I’m not heading to the track Friday but love this for wedding season. Would be great for a rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon too especially since it’s under $125.
I topped it off with this lilac Headcandi piece that is still available and looks way better on than just sitting on the shelf. I think with a lot of fascinators, you really have to see them on to really get a feel for the look. Hoping one of you snags this one for this weekend’s festivities.