Style Spotting + Favorite Things: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Kentucky Oaks and Derby 140

After a couple years of less than stellar weather, Mother Nature smiled on Kentucky Derby 140 for what was a beautiful day at the track. I spent the day with friends while keeping track of everyone’s beautiful looks via instagram and facebook.

Putting together this post is always a favorite for me because I love seeing what everyone wore to the Race for the Roses. Lots of color, lots of amazing hats and fascinators, lots and lots of gorgeous dresses. If there’s one thing Louisville ladies know how to do, it’s how to bring it for Derby.

If you’ve had Derby on your bucket list for a while, I suggest you start planning on attending next year now (and book mark this post on what to wear). You won’t regret it. Seriously, you won’t.

p.s. – if you want to have your picture added to this round-up, just email it to me –

Kelly & Jason UnderwoodMadison Eberenz, Katherine Denbow and Taylor Christine
John & Kristin Esham
(in a Headcandi fascinator)
Milly Dress * Purple Fascinator Lisa & Jen McLaughlin of {Comfortably Chic} Derby Hats * Spring Dresses Pretty Gals Ready for the Oaks
Meredith Lavin, Elizabeth Likins, Lizzie Burckardt, Meg Lavin, Shannon Barger
Submitted by Shannon Barger
Shoshanna Dress * Pink Hat * Derby Hats Caitlin & Alex Brey

Amazing and Fun Looks from the Backside of the Track with {She Wore it Anyways}

Derby Style Lindsey Trager in Shoshanna from Blink & Whit Bradley at the Kentucky Oaks
Lauren Tuckey in an  amazing Milly dress
Jockey Club Suites * Kentucky Derby Style Kentucky Oaks Jockey Club Suites Style
Lee Receveur, Courtney Dwight and Callie Wall + Lee & John Receveur
And yes, Lee is pregnant and looks
Derby Hats * Lou What Wear * Derby Style Caitlin & Alex Brey and Friends at the Kentucky Derby

Rebecca Weis & Elizabeth Post
Milly Dress * Lou What Wear WLKY’s Marissa Alter in Milly and Headcandi & Lexy Sheen
WLKY’s Christina Mora & Marissa Alter Katie Moore & Friends
Kayla Weber and Katie Moore
Kentucky Derby Festival Princesses
Submitted by Grace Wainwright {A Southern Drawl}, second from right.
Frances Houston Wilkinson and her sister Hill.


Derby Dress of the Day: Happy {Kentucky} Derby Day!

It’s finally here – Derby Day!

Since I am the queen of countdowns, I’ll be starting my countdown to Derby 141 tomorrow morning (I’m already planning on going all out – like ALL OUT). But for now, I’ll settle in for a day of being insanely jealous watching from the sidelines. I know anyone heading to the track is already in full on Derby day preparations but I couldn’t help but pop in for one last Derby Dress of the Day to close out the season.

Yesterday, we hit up the Oaks and I can say that I have now successfully conquered a day at the track while 9 months pregnant.

Definitely got my fair share of side eyes and looks (and probably a lot of “bless her hearts.” trust me, it’s not a good thing) but it was a lot of fun. I’m glad I got to get out there even if my feet are hating me right now.

It’s been so much fun working on these posts and I hope you’ve enjoyed them (or least that they’ve helped you figure out your race day attire). I’m already brainstorming ways to improve/revamp/expand things for next year – so if you have any suggestions or ideas – send ‘em over!

I saw a ton of girls looking b-e-a-utiful at the track yesterday and today will, i’m sure, be even better. If you’re heading out there – send me a pic of your look to or tag me on instagram (@louwhatwear). Can’t wait to put together the wrap-up!

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Shoshanna ‘Mia’ Dress (other sizes available here) – Available at Blink
Hat: Headcandi | Bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties  |Mint Stud Clutch: Sole Society

On Kristen –
The Navy Sweetheart from Dress & Dwell | Hat: Headcandi
Necklace:  Lulubelles from Dress & Dwell

Modeled by Kristen Cripe & Kristin Esham
Images by Whitney Neal

 Big thanks to Dress & Dwell, Blink, Clodhoppers, Dandelion and especially, Britni from Headcandi for letting us play dress up in all your wonderful Derby attire. And an even bigger thanks to a great group of gals who helped model all the looks. Lynsey, Kristen, Megan, Kristin, Ann, Hayley, Caitlin and Ashley- I owe you big time! As always, Whitney Neal captured it all beautifully and happily dealt with my madness.


Derby Dress of the Day: Shimmery Shoshanna

Last year, I wore this same Shoshanna dress in a different color/fabric combo and I can attest that it is super flattering, incredibly comfortable and with this shimmery subtle fabric – you can wear it just about anywhere.

Since the dress was so subtle, Caitlin paired it with some bolder accessories to add a little color. I also love the idea of doing a big, bold hat with this dress. If you’re still looking for something to wear head over to Blink on Lexington Road and try on a few Shoshanna beauties. The gals there are incredibly helpful and will usually pull something you’d never pick out yourself but end up falling in love with. That’s what happened when I ended up leaving with this dress last year.

Whatever you end up wearing, I want to see it! Send me a pic of your Derby or Oaks look to or tag me on instagram (@louwhatwear) and you could see yourself in the Derby wrap up next week!

Dress: Shoshanna ‘Svetlana’ Dress available at Blink Boutique ; Hat: Headcandi; Necklace: Lulubelles; Gold Clutch: DandelionModeled by Caitlin Brey.
Images by Whitney Neal.

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