Style Spotting: Kentucky Derby 142

We made it to the finish line of another Kentucky Derby season. I am definitely not one to wish Derby away but putting it in the rear view means I’m one day closer to not being pregnant anymore (May 17 can’t come soon enough). Derby + Mother’s Day were the last milestones on the calendar before this due date so now I’m officially in waiting mode.

It wasn’t quite the same as last year’s Derby madness – both here on the blog (sorry for not getting a style series together, promise to get it together next year) and at work (ducked out of party/gala duties) so I’m already looking forward to Kentucky Derby 143. But enough of all that nonsense, let’s talk Derby one more time before next spring.

Want to know what locals and real girls and guys ACTUALLY wear to Derby, this post is for you. I get a little annoyed when the national media think throwing on a straw beach hat means you’re Derby-ready. It doesn’t. We all know that your hat has to be more than just something you can wear on a beach vacation. And I love that Churchill Downs and Derby sponsors bring in national bloggers and stars to shine a little light on Louisville and Derby but sometimes the looks don’t line-up with what Derby is really all about.

So here’s a look at what locals (including yours truly at 39 weeks) wore to Kentucky Derby 142 as well as some snaps from Kentucky Oaks 142. This is always one of my favorite posts of the year with a big thank you going out to all the gals that send in/tag me in pictures. I’ll update this a few times throughout the next couple days so if you want to get your picture added to the round-up, email it to me ([email protected]) or tag me (@louwhatwear).

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon) and Brittany Swan at Kentucky Oaks 142

Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow

Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Steve and Courtney Nassau at Kentucky Oaks 142

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Will Rice, Frankie Hilbert, Matt Case, Kevin McFarland, Nissan Gabay and Joey Wagner at Kentucky Oaks 142

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Grace Wainwright – A Southern Drawl – Judging the Kentucky Oaks Longines Fashion Contest

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Dustin Amrine and Joey Zembrodt at the Hermitage Derby Toast presented by Vanity Fair

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Kyle Pierron, Larkin Walker, Lauren Cox and Kelsey Chapin

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Bridget Peake Dewson, Sara Ivens Moffett and Marigny Johnson Bostock
Hats by The Mysterious Rack

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Dan and Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon)

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Andy Cregg, Jackie Coakley, Micaela and Mike Skura

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Drew and I + Kristin and John Esham
Hat by Headcandi + Dress is BCBG from Rent the Runway

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Michael Getz, Erin Bailey, Morgan Getz and Taylor Parker – Bacardi House at Kentucky Derby 142

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Denise Sohm and Baili Taylor

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Lee Wilkinson Receveur and Claire Tidmore

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Lindsey Brodsky – Hat by Alison Thiel

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Amanda – @realitytvstar

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Karen Waller and friend at Thurby

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Sara Ivens Moffet and friends before Kentucky Derby 142

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

Jana Metcalf and Eric Reader
Hat by Jana’s Hat Box

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Jessica Sullivan, Moira Dugan, Kathryn Denbow, Alison Denbow, Taylor Collins, Liz Harper, Madison Eberenz

Kelley Moore at her very first Kentucky Derby!

Tara Anderson and Friends

Tara Anderson and Friends

Alison Yeager, Stephanie and Max Hannum

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    Baili Taylor

    May 9, 2016

    Love all of these looks! You looked great, mama! Good luck next week!

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