You’ve probably clicked through to a few of the dresses on here and been like, ‘Geez Danielle, $450+ for a dress?! What kind of budget are you working with?” Okay maybe you’ve never said that and it’s just me saying it to myself but anyways, when I’m picking out dresses on here – I’m working with an aspirational budget.
Yes, I may tend to splurge a little (or a lot, depending on whether you ask Drew) on a Derby dress, I know that finding one that’s adorable and not crazy expensive is ideal. Enter LOFT. If you ever buy something full price from LOFT, shame on you. (sorry didn’t mean for that to come out so harsh).
They are always having crazy sales, like today’s where everything is 40% off. Yup, everything which includes this cute scalloped dress AND both pairs of sandals. We’re talking a great summer dress for $53. Coral/pink not your color? It comes in yellow too.
Grab this if you’re seated anywhere outside on Derby day. That vent detail in the back will not only look great but give you a nice little breeze action to keep you from dying of heat exhaustion. Got a seat, grab the lace up heels. Stuck standing? No worries- just snag the wedges. You’ll have a brand new look for less than $150 and that includes shipping. See I told you I could do Derby on a budget.
This floral wall was just begging for a great pink look to go in front of it.
We’ve talked before about the Pink Out at the Kentucky Oaks and Shannon (owner of Primp Style Lounge – bookmark it for Derby prep) in this pink combo nails the look. I know we focus a lot on dresses for the races but I love a pretty set just as much – sometimes even more, since you’ll get more wear out of the pieces. The crew at Circe, where you can find this number, has enough dresses to give you a million and one options but I love styling up their separates (stay tuned for more) to give you a look that is totally unique and stand out.
This classy (and a little sassy) Camilla and Marc pairing is ideal for an indoor area of the track – like the Jockey Club Suites or the Turf Club. We topped it off with this all pink Kenzie Kapp fascinator. Sometimes this color can come off looking a little Barbie-ish but paired with the clean white detailed blouse and the more modern skirt, it’s chic with a bit of whimsy.
I can’t wait to show you more of Kenzie’s pieces. We’ve only met once but her energy is infectious and is definitely captured in her pieces. Fun, bright, bold and unique. Stay tuned for more from another crazy talented local lady.
You know I couldn’t go too long without sharing some stripes for the Derby.
I’m loving this preppy Eliza J Fit and Flareoption for a day in the grandstands. If you’ve got first or second floor grandstand tickets, you have access to the first and second floors (as well as roaming the paddock) but your seat isn’t in a box but bleacher seats. These are on the more affordable side (as affordable as it gets when it comes to Derby) but also give you a chance to see the races.
Because of the crowds though and the need to navigate around people, I paired this number with an array of Jack Rogers. It’s just easier to wear flats in this section since you’re sure to be doing a bunch of walking and there’s a big chance you’ll end up wanting to stand on the bleachers when the big race goes off. You wouldn’t want to take a tumble because of a heel falling off the edge.
Go with this number and you’ll be comfortable, not spend a fortune (it’s under $150) and have tons of hat options. You’ll also have a great summer dress that works as well for outdoor weddings as it does for a Fourth of July bbq or baby shower.