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 – danielle@louwhatwear.com.

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 anĀ  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 ah.maz.ing.
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: 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 danielle@louwhatwear.com 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.

More Shoshanna Favorites:

Derby Dress of the Day: Navy for the Paddock

So right now the weathermen say it’s not supposed to rain for Derby. They also aren’t saying that it’s supposed to be all clear though – so you may want to keep that in mind when prepping for a day at the track, especially if you’re going to be outside. Oh and don’t bring an umbrella (unless you don’t mind abandoning it at the gates), they’re not allowed. Instead snag a rain jacket that folds up, a poncho or a giant garbage bag and pack it in your purse.

I’ve never minded a rainy Derby (it hasn’t slowed me down in the past) but it can be a pain if you’ve got a big hat. Hayley’s look today was picked for the paddock or grandstand seat and would work especially well for a rainy day. This headpiece is pretty small so you donb’t have to worry about carting it around all day or smushing it under a poncho if it starts raining. I also like that this outfit is polished and pretty but comfortable for along day of walking around.

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Dress: The Audrey Net Dress available at Dress & Dwell; Necklace: Dandelion (also available in mint): Headpiece: Headcandi

Modeled by Hayley Grant.
Images by Whitney Neal.

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