Derby Dress of the Day: For Anywhere!

I was over on one of my favorite sites to track down dresses – Revolve (they have so many options at so many price points) and stumbled upon this pretty little floral number and had to post it right away. The Kentucky Derby is, after all, the Run for the Roses, and this dress is the perfect embodiment of that. Oh and did I mention that it’s under $100 and will ship ASAP? Yeah, it’s a good one.


Derby Dress of the Day * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby

BB Dakota Claudia Dress

I know florals aren’t for everyone. And I know they can be a little much for some people but the Rifle Paper Co. – style floral on this one is the right mix of modern and southern sweet. It’s got garden party and Derby written all over it. I also love how it would work for a wide range of ages thanks to the longer hem but still flirty skirt. You can also dress this up or down. Go with a wide-brim straw hat and wedges for something more casual or go big with a feathery fascinator and sky-high heels. 

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Derby Dress of the Day: For an Outdoor Box

Popping in really quick on a Sunday because I dropped into Anthropologie yesterday, spotted this dress and couldn’t wait to share it. Well, I saw this dress and a handful of others that were perfect for Derby, Oaks or Thurby.

Most of the time, I think a lot of Anthro dresses aren’t quite right – either way too expensive or not quite the right fit/style. This year, it’s totally different. They have so many options that won’t kill your budget like this pretty smocked floral number that is under $150 (nice right!? – most of the time I rule out almost all Anthro dresses cause they are $250+).


Anthropologie Smocked Tangiers Dress by KAS New York 
Pair it with: Sole Society ‘Jenny’ Slingback Wedge | Calvin Klein ‘Niall’ T-Strap Wedges
Kate Spade ‘Cape Drive – Harriet’ Crossbody Bag | ASOS Scallop Crossbody Bag 

I love this option for an outdoor box because it is light and airy so you wont get too hot. Definitely don’t want any super thick fabrics or tight fits if it’s going to be hot (you’ll stick to the seats – gross, I know, but true). What really sold me is the subtle floral print. I love a floral print for the races but sometimes they can be a little much, especially in a red/pink combo like this. The smocking breaks up the print making it feel really youthful. Love.

If you’re going to Thurby, leave the hat at home or opt for a smaller fascinator like this one from ASOS (side note: who knew ASOS had fascinators?). But for Derby or Oaks – go big. I think this dress would pair great with a wider brim hat which is also perfect to shade you from the sun if you’re in a box that’s not under cover.

Pair it with wedges and a bag that will fit all your goodies and you’re all set.

More from Anthropologie:

Need more dress options – head over here. Looking for the perfect hat, bag and shoes – i’ve got your covered – I just added a bunch of options.  Want to talk derby on Instagram? Follow me here and here. 

Creative Louisville: Britni Knable * Headcandi

Meet Britni. Creative Louisville Britni Knable Headcandi Derby Hats

I can’t get enough of Britni Knable and for that reason, I’m exceptionally thrilled to kick off a series of Derby-themed Creative Louisville posts with her smiling face. I first met Britni three or so years ago when I did my first Derby style shoot and borrowed some items from Dress & Dwell. Side note: The ladies at Dress & Dwell have always been such wonderful partners to work with (the owner Amanda is due for one of these features and is truly a gem), always lending out dresses, hats, accessories whenever I’ve called to ask.

One of the reasons I’ve loved working with them so much isn’t because of the great selection of clothes and more – it’s because the girls there are always so welcoming and that’s personified in Britni. Every time I see her she greats me with a warm hug and huge smile. I want to feel super special but she is equally as warm and welcoming to everyone that walks in the door. If you follow her on social media (you should – Facebook and Instagram), you may be familiar with her penchant for typing in all caps. When most people do this it’s crazy annoying but if you know Britni, you know it’s just because she really is THAT enthusiastic about everything especially her hats.

When she’s not helping take care of business at Dress & Dwell (where she is the assistant manager and buyer), she’s up to her eyes in flowers, feathers and more designing Derby hats and fascinators for her Headcandi line. Britni has supplied many a hat for my Derby shoots as well as my Derby ensemble last year but she’s big time and has made pieces for country star Luke Bryan and his wife Carolyn, television personalities galore and blogger extraordinaire Blair from Atlantic-Pacific. 

There are a lot of really talented local hat designers (I’ll be sharing more of their stories in the coming weeks) but I had to start with my gal Britni. If you’re looking for something special, be sure to check out her shop or stop by one of her trunk shows at Dress & Dwell, Kate Spade (there’s one there today at their Oxmoor Center store!) and Clodhoppers where she can whip you up something special. If you do, make sure to tell her Lou What Wear sent you.

Best part yet – Britni was sweet enough to offer Lou What Wear readers 20% off (which is big time) now through April 16 with code ‘DERBYSTYLE2016‘ just head over to her Etsy shop and get ready to spend some time narrowing down your favorites. But first, get to know her a little better – in her own words!

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* Name: Britni Lynn Knable 

* Company: Headcandi + Dress & Dwell 

* Title: Girl Boss-Head Designer-Manager-Assistant Buyer

* How did you get started in your field? After high school I moved to Chicago.  My 1st job in the Windy City was for a milliner on Michigan Avenue. I fell in love with millinery and focused on that while in school! I decided to move back to Southern Indiana after a short stay in NYC and start my fashion career here! I started buying for different boutiques and that really grew my millinery business by getting to see the trends before they hit all of the boutiques!

* What inspires you?  As a designer everything inspires me, from the colors of the trees blooming to the architecture on the buildings while driving down the street!  I love trying to recreate pattern shapes using millinery materials! Also vintage hats & brooches, I have a crazy huge collection!!!

* What three word describe your work best? Fun, young and classic 

* What three words describe you best? NEED A BOYFRIEND (hahaha only kidding) Passionate, Genuine and Creative 

* One thing about you that might surprise people? I have given up coffee so far this Derby season, this is Huge for me! I usually live off coffee during Derby season, but for now it is just my Green Tea from Quills.  I still have to see my New Albany Quills family everyday! Also I live and work in the BROOKLYN of Louisville (NEW ALBANY)!!!

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* Why Louisville? So many people end up leaving Louisville, what helped keep you here? This question is pretty easy for me to answer… The KENTUCKY DERBY!!!!! {yes i was yelling that} LOL!!! My business is based on the greatest two minutes in sports so it made it a pretty easy decision to move back here and start my business!!

* Favorite Louisville Neighborhood: The Brooklyn of Louisville New Albany!!  

* Favorite Spot for a Drink: The Exchange Pub +Kitchen 

* Favorite Lunch Spot: Taco Steve

* Favorite Dinner Spot: Loving the new Brooklyn & the Butcher 

* You’ve got to try:  The Gospel Bird Biscuit Fried Chicken Sandwich

* Favorite Festival: Of course The Kentucky Derby Festival

* Favorite Pizza Spot: Rivery City Winery

* If someone is visiting from out of town and only has time to go to three places, where do you send them.

1. Dress & Dwell for good things for you and your home

2. Quills Coffee for the smoothest coffee you will ever drink! oh & the Goddess Tea too!!!

3. Norton Commons!!! It’s growing and so many amazing places are popping up like LULUbelles!! 

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* What inspired you to start Headcandi? I always wanted to be in the fashion industry since I was a little girl. I thought I wanted to be a clothing designer and then that soon changed when I got my first fashion job for milliner Linda Campisano on Michigan Ave in Chicago!

While I was in design school I focused on millinery and during Derby time I would fly home to have trunk shows and design pieces for everyone going to the Derby. It was during this time that Headcandi was started! People would come into my studio & say, it looks like a candy store in here with all of these colors!!

* What colors, trends, styles are big for you this Derby season?  The color of the year – Rose Quartz you will see everywhere! I love the Hatinator styles the mix between a hat and fascinator! European styles are moving to the US! A lot of the fascinators I design you want to wear more on your forehead… about an inch or so above the eyebrow! ***see pic*

* You make SO many hats at Derby, what inspires you on a daily basis? I design all year round, so when it comes around to Derby time it is a combination of the dress, jewels, shoes, and my clients personality!!

* Derby season is a crazy time for you. How far in advance do you begin making pieces? I design hats and fascinators all year around.  However starting in January it goes to a whole new level. Magazine photoshoots start, people really start thinking about their custom orders!! The last two weeks before Derby there is usually only 2-3 hours of sleep a night!! No matter what everything has to be finished before Derby day. Now that Thurby is getting so big, most people are ordering 3 pieces Thurby, Oaks, Derby. There are definitely deliveries being made at all hours of the night to houses and hotels the week of Derby. 

* Fascinator or hat? FASCINATORS!!!!….if you see my snaps you know how much I love designing Fascinators. Back in 2004 when I was in college all my classmates were making hats and my first piece was a fascinator…This was even before the Kate Middleton craze!!! 

* Feathers or Flowers? Now that is a hard one because those two are pretty much on every piece i design.  What about feather flowers?!?! I would choose that. Feathers give height which I love on a piece and I love using silk flowers. 

* What’s been the biggest pinch me moment of your career? Gosh, I don’t know if I can pick just one!!! When I designed pieces for Luke & Caroline Bryan, I literally remember being in the elevator in the Galt House going up to their room and I made my mother (AKA Mama Cat) pinch me to see if it was real life!!! But honestly my greatest moments are when my clients come back every year and say, “I only let you design my headpieces!”  I have so much appreciation for my clients thats why I always put SOOO much into every piece. Watching the coverage on TV is always fun see everyone sporting their Headcandi! 

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* Who would you love to design a piece for? Miranda Lambert comes to Derby often and I would love for her to wear Headcandi!!!  

* Dream designer collaboration? Milly dresses are a staple at Derby so that would be my Dream Collab!! She is truly an amazing Designer!!

* If someone is looking for a custom piece, what advice/tips would you give them when talking to a milliner? When a person decides to do a custom piece it is important to make sure the milliner understand the look you are going for and your style.  

* Headcandi is more than just Derby hats, what other pieces do you create year-round? Breeders Cup and other horse races…Bridal also keeps me busy throughout the year… I have a Custom Bridal and Accessories Shop called The House Of K with the other ladies in my family at the Laurel Wreath Bridal in New Albany in the Eventful 203 building! I love helping brides with there big day!!

* What’s next for Headcandi? Every year it’s about growing the business and how we can make it even better!! For the past several years we have had numerous request from our out of town clients for a one stop shop to see Headcandi pieces.  This year we really focused on getting a large number of our pieces up on etsy for our clients and hope to continue to expand that. 


Again, don’t forget to head over to the Headcandi Etsy Shop and receive 20% off your order with code DERBYSTYLE2016 but don’t wait too long, the code expires April 16, 2016. Here’s a few of my favorites.

Kentucky Derby Style: Peachy

It’s Derby Week! 

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.

Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration * Kentucky Derby Hats * Headcandi Fascinator (7)Off-the-Shoulder Dress: Leona NY
Hat by Headcandi  

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Images by Whitney Neal
Floral Styling by Jaclyn Journey
Flowers c/o Dreisbach Florals
Model –  Emilee Coomes

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