I was going to throw our a little polka dot number for today’s dress but then I popped on Facebook and saw that one of my favorite local boutiques, Blink, is now carrying Paper Crown by Lauren Conrad. So with 31 days until Derby, I thought I’d share a couple Paper Crown beauties for your Derby dressing happiness and better yet, you can try the lovely on the left locally if you stop into Blink.
I picked both of these for the Jockey Club suites because I don’t recommend going strapless unless you have a “home base” to hang at all day (you know, somewhere to leave your stuff and/or sit down). Just too much adjusting with too much to keep track of if you’re going to be walking around all day. The dress on the right could work for other areas but I’d want to pair it with a giant, bright hat and I think that’s better suited for areas where you won’t be as crowded around all day.
The hat options for both of these are endless. The subdued colors mean you can really go all out with your hat and accessories. I’ve paired it with some pastel clutches but it’s really a blank canvas on what to pair these with. Oh and if you stop into Blink, tell ‘em Lou What Wear sent ya!
Today’s dress isn’t as bright and bold as my normal picks but there’s something about it I love for the races. I think the subtle floral print kind of reminds me of some older Derby posters but I love the colors and print combined with the fact that this little number is leather.
Okay, you’re probably like “what the what? why in the sam hell would you recommend a leather shift dress for derby?” Stick with me. This dress is only, I repeat, only recommended if you’re going to have access to air conditioning. So if you’re in the turf club, jockey club suites, millionaire’s row, 5th floor clubhouse, etc. you should be good. I definitely don’t think this is a suitable choice for someone who will be spending most of the day out doors. I’m thinking you pair this with simple heels and do something that plays on the colors in the dress for a pretty outstanding hat.
Floral Print Leather Shift Dress: ASOS; Gray Heels: ASOS
p.s. – Sorry for the haphazard posting this week, not sure what it is but my time management skills have been pretty piss poor lately. We’ve also had lots of random stuff going on after work so my schedule has been off. The good news, tomorrow I’ve got some friends helping me with a fun Derby project that I can’t wait to share with you all throughout the month of April. Basically it will be the Derby Dress of the Day on steroids (and featuring all kinds of local love). Pretty pumped about sharing it with you all. So stick with me and if you have any Derby dress requests, send ‘em my way – firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll argue that having a great little white dress in your closet is almost as important as a little black dress. Perfect for summer parties (as long as they’re not wedding-related) and easy to translate from season to season (I love breaking them out in winter with the right pair of tights and a blazer) – you won’t regret having a great one to fall back on.
This TIBI geometric lace beauty fits the bill and is simple with an edge. The cut-outs are placed in a generally flattering spot and the length hits at a spot that shows off your legs without worrying about flashing anything else. I love this dress for just about anywhere in the track but I’d avoid wearing all white if you’re hitting up the Paddock. There’s just way too many opportunities to get spilled on (imagine the sadness that would come from spilling a bright pink/red lily on this beauty). So definitely save LWD’s for areas where things will be slightly less crowded – like the Skye Terrace where you’ll be set up with a table and more room to move about.
In honor of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, I’ve paired it with a trio of green heels. You’ll notice though that none of them are giving you more than 2.5 or 3 inches of additional height. Keeping your heel low will make it way easier to keep them on all day comfortably.
Geometric Lace Sleeveless Cutout Dress: TIBI