We all know that when it comes to Derby, it’s all about the hat. And lately it’s not just hats that fit the Derby bill. In the last few years, it’s become all about the fascinator and today’s is an out of the park beauty by Kenzie Kapp.
Kenzie is one talented gal and I seriously recommend hitting up her studio, The Mill, if you’re still looking for something special. If you’re coming in from out of town and staying downtown, run down to Main Street and see her. The studio is the most colorful corner in Louisville and Kenzie may be one of the friendliest gals you’ll ever meet.
This pink feathery confection is the perfect topper to this graphic Milly set. Up until slipping this on, I wasn’t that in to midi-skirts but this one may have changed my mind. Going with a graphic black and white option gives you the ability to go wild with your hat/headpiece. So if you’re stumped on what to wear, pick your favorite little black or white dress and then go all out on top.
Wondering where to wear something like this? Think the fancy, indoor areas like the Turf Club, 4th Floor Terrance, Matt Winn Room or Jockey Club Suites. Or ditch the hat and wear it to one of the Derby Eve galas (come see me at the Hermitage Grand Gala) – just add some bold jewelry to add a little party pizzazz.
p.s. – you still have time to order a dress in time for Kentucky Oaks/Derby so if you’re still looking for options, head over here.
Kentucky Derby fever is in the air – the Derby Festival Balloon Race on Friday, the Marathon/Mini-Marathon on Saturday and the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair all weekend. This week will be full of parties (we hosted a really fun one on Friday – more on that in another post), the Derby Festival Parade and for me, lots of final preparations for our big event at work – the Hermitage Grand Gala.
It’s also the last week of the Derby series around here. I’ll be bummed when it’s over but it will also be good to get back to the regular routine. Until then though, it’s going to be an all out bonanza of Derby looks. I’m guessing by now, most people have rounded up their outfit, but if not, I’ve got lots more inspiration to come.
So let’s get to it. Today’s look is so sweet and southern – it’s like a glass of sweet tea in a dress. Perfect for a southern belle spending the day sipping mint juleps in a 3rd Floor Clubhouse box.
One week away. Can you believe it? I can and can’t. Lord knows that the Derby chaos set in a couple weeks ago but it also kind of feels like it snuck up on me. It’s the final countdown. Time to get your plans, hats and outfits in order. Oh and if you need help getting race day ready (read: hair and makeup), call today’s model Shannon at her blow out bar and all around get ya ready spot Primp Salon.
When it comes to your dress, if you’re in Louisville – I can definitely recommend hitting up the local boutiques. They are getting in new gear ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously, I know from experience. I was lucky enough to have popped in to Clodhoppers as they unloaded a huge shipment. I may or may not have snuck out with this (and it was the only one they got!). They had SO much good stuff. So stop in there (tell ‘em I sent you) or hop into Circe, Rhodes, Blush, Collections or Dress & Dwell where today’s dark floral strapless stunner is from.
This dressphotographed beautifully but was even cuter in person.For those perfectly petite gals, this would be a great gala dress but would be equally gorgeous for the Turf Club or Jockey Club Suites. You may think you have to go bright and preppy for Derby but I think a dress like this makes a bold, beautiful statement for the day. I loved it so much that I tried to squeeze in to it to no avail. I really wanted to fit in to it for the Hermitage Grand Gala but alas, the hunt for what to wear to that continues.