I’m sitting here working on this post watching the finishers come through of the Kentucky Derby Mini and Full Marathon. Nothing like watching someone run 26.2 miles in under 2.5 hours while I sit on my butt to make you feel lazy. But seriously, big congrats to anyone who went out this morning and crushed 13.1 or 26.2 miles. This may be all lip service but I’m thinking of trying to train for the mini next year. We’ll see how that goes.
The Marathon is another one of those great Derby events that gets you in the mood for Derby week. So with only TWO WEEKS until the races, it’s crunch time to get your look nailed down. Don’t panic though, you’ve still got time. If you’re in the bluegrass, head out to the local shops and start trying on dresses and if you’re not – head over here, check out some of my favorites and order away. My suggestion is to pick a site with free returns (like Revolve, Shopbop, Nordstrom), order a few dresses and then try them on at home before settling on a favorite.
Today’s look is featuring another lovely from Dress & Dwell on my friend and co-worker Hayley. This dress was tried on by a few gals and was universally flattering – it’s also the perfect blank palette for lots of colorful accessories (like her amazing Brain Atwood heels). Oh and did I mention it’s only $68.
p.s. – Today is the Dandelion Trifecta Sale! I’m about to head up there to use a little birthday gift card I have. Stop by and save on all kinds of Derby accessories!
Dress: The Navy Sweetheart from Dress & Dwell; Hat: Headcandi; Clutch: Dandelion; Heels: Brian Atwood
Photos by Whitney Neal.
Happy (and Good) Friday! This week the swirl of Derby madness really set in and I’m struggling to keep up with it on all fronts. That’s not to say it’s not a good thing – it’s just a lot of things. Add in the whole being pregnant part and it’s a lot more than I think I’m ready for.
One thing I am ready for is seeing what everyone wears to the track. Last night I helped a friend pick out her dress (seriously, it’s like my favorite hobby – let me know if you want me to do some online scouring for you OR you can just head over to pinterest to see a ton of options) and I beg anyone going to the races to spill on what they’re going to wear.
A lot of locals skip out on the Friday/Saturday activities in favor of hitting up the track during the week. Wednesday and especially Thursday have become pretty big days but you won’t see as many big hats on those days. Instead, it’s mostly pretty summer dresses with a little extra touch of accessories (and maybe a small headpiece).
My friend (and fellow Cats fanatic) Megan usually hits up the track on Thursday so she picked out this dress to style for a mid-week day at the track. We put a little patriotic spin on it with the blue Lulubelles necklace but you could easily do something with black, mint, yellow or even a really pretty teal color. If you get this dress now at Dress & Dwell, you can save it for all your summer patriotic parties (4th of July wedding anyone?).
Walden Stripe Dress: BB Dakota (under $100!); Necklace: Lulubelles
Both available at Dress & Dwell
Images by Whitney Neal.
Happy Friday! Not that we’re counting or anything but there’s 22 days until Derby. Have you picked out your dress yet? Personally I’m counting on the fact that you haven’t yet and kicked it up a notch today with a double dose of bright colors for the track.
When I think of Derby dresses, I always think of finding a great Milly dress. It’s probably because my first real splurge on a dress was a fancy Milly number a few years back from Clodhoppers. The fit, styling, bright colors and print just make so many of their designs perfect for the track. Now even when I throw on one of their dresses for a wedding or party, I always think about the dresses’ Derby potential.
These bright numbers are courtesy of the gals at Clodhoppers who always have more than their fair share of amazing Derby looks. Stop in and have them help you pick out your look (you can even scoop a hat their if you’re in need). They have a special knack for pulling things you might not pick out for yourself but end up looking (and fitting) great. If you go, tell ‘em Lou What Wear sent ya.
Ann and Kristen are making another appearance this week (check out their other looks here and here), showing us how to style up neon for a day at Churchill and for a night out. This black dress would be perfect for one of the late night Derby-eve parties. With a pattern this bold, you don’t need a lot of accessories. Just a great pair of heels and maybe a bold lip.
On Kristen – Dress: Milly Available at Clodhoppers; Headpiece: Headcandi; Neon Bag: Dandelion Boutique
On Ann – Dress: Milly Available at Clodhoppers
Photos by Whitney Neal.