Outfit Post: Top Hat

I got this hat last year. I wore it a couple times but couldn’t get over Drew’s comment that it was my Indiana Jones hat.

This year, I’ve been breaking it out left and right and because of his comment, I’m considering dressing like my favorite Harrison Ford character for Halloween (seriously though, any one have any last minute tips cause I am struggling). Last week I wore it a little more casually but today I’m dressing it up a little. This little black dress was one of my best buys ever on ASOS. I’ve had it for a couple years now and I still turn to it when I’m coming down to the wire and still haven’t found something to wear. Clearly waiting until the last minute is a big problem for me.

Throwing on a hat can be a little daunting since you’re inevitably going to get a few looks and it’s definitely something we’re not all used to wearing on the regular. My tip is to keep the rest of the look simple so that the hat stands out but never looks cartoon-ish or costumey. Also, these suckers are WARM so you’ll want it to be a little brisk so you’re head doesn’t get all sweaty (gross, i know. sorry).

I’m thinking of breaking this look out again this weekend, albeit with tights since it’s finally getting a little chilly, for an engagement party for some friends. Despite being unprepared for almost everything, I am definitely prepared for my brother-in-law (and probably others) to give me a hard time about the hat. I’m thinking it will be something about Halloween being over so I can pack up my Carmen Sandiego costume but there’s also the chance for some safari comment. Either way, I’ll take it. Indiana Jones FTW.

Okay I’m off to tackle that inbox before doing cutting out early to tailgate for the UofL vs. FSU game tomorrow (celebrating my office’s third anniversary! woo hoo!). If you’re running around Papa John Cardinal Stadium tomorrow, we’ll be tailgating by Gate 1 – come say hey!

Wool Panama Hat: c/o Sole Society; Black Dress: ASOS (so crazy old Рseen here, similar here); Bag: c/o Sole Society (seen here); Boots: LOFT (old Рseen here and here, similar here);  Necklace: Stella & Dot Photos by Whitney Neal


Style Spotting: New Year’s at Akikos

Happy New Year! 2011 was a jam packed year (one that included starting this little ole blog) and I joined some friends to send last year out in style and welcome in all that 2012 has in store. A couple of friends hosted a very fun NYE party at Akikos on Bardstown Road where karaoke¬†was strongly encouraged. The night was filled with crowd pleasing jams, celebratory drinks and lots of fab party ‘fits.

No one let the dive bar location stop them from adding a little sparkle to the new year. I wish I had taken more pictures but alas, the lure of the karaoke room was too strong and I abandoned my camera to dance the night away.

Hope your New Year was a night to remember (or forget?) – I’m looking forward to stepping up my game in 2012 to make Lou What Wear even better.


Danielle (aka me) – Dress: BCBG, Necklace: Stella & Dot; Megan – Dress: Piperlime Outlet (no tag); Necklace: Stella & Dot

I decided to jump into the LWW fun since it was New Year’s and all. Megan & her hubs had Drew & I over for dinner before Akikos. When I got there Megan wasn’t as “dressed up” so I peer pressured her into throwing on a party dress. I’m pretty sure she was happy she made the switch. I absolutely love the Stella & Dot necklace Megan had on. Seriously, I’m obsessed.

Kenny & Morgan – Dress: BCBG; Necklace: Kate Spade

Morgan & Kenny (a former Voice Tribune Best Dressed winner) always look great and NYE was no exception. I love her LBD with the statement necklace and gold shoes.

Kristin C. – Lace Jumper: ; Necklace:

I’ve joked to Kristin that she needs to just let me know what her weekend plans are so I can come stalk her outfits and take pictures for the blog. She really does always look ridiculously cute and put together. Her lace jumper may not have worked for 99% of the people out on New Year’s but was perfect on her. Paired with simple nude heels and a statement pearl necklace, she looked fab. Hers was my favorite look of the night and there were some really great looks taking the stage at Akikos.

Erin & Kelly – Jacket: Marc by Marc Jacobs

There were quite a few girls showing off their new (or new-ish) engagement bling including these two who are not only two of my favorite people but quite possible two of the funniest girls you’l ever meet. I’ve got to take an extra second to gush on Kelly and her gorgeous ring since she is my bestest friend and JUST got engaged on Christmas Eve. You can bet that I am already counting down until the wedding.

Frances, Channing & Caitlin

Frances & Channing were a bright breath of fresh air in a room filled with LBD’s. I loved the silky jewel toned tops that lit up the room. And isn’t Caitlin gorgeous? She paired black shorts with tights, a tank and a fun sparkly vest. She’s also in the newly engaged group as you can see from her left hand bling.

And since I can’t resist an opportunity to embarrass the hubs – here he is looking good with his golfing buds Alex and Billy.

Send me your New Year’s Pics! submit@louwhatwear.com

p.s. – Anyone featured in here who wants to update me on what they were wearing, please add it in the comments and I’ll update the post! Thanks!

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