Derby Dress of the Day: Neon Milly Exacta

Happy Friday! Not that we’re counting or anything but there’s 22 days until Derby. Have you picked out your dress yet? Personally I’m counting on the fact that you haven’t yet and kicked it up a notch today with a double dose of bright colors for the track.

When I think of Derby dresses, I always think of finding a great Milly dress. It’s probably because my first real splurge on a dress was a fancy Milly number a few years back from Clodhoppers. The fit, styling, bright colors and print just make so many of their designs perfect for the track. Now even when I throw on one of their dresses for a wedding or party, I always think about the dresses’ Derby potential.

These bright numbers are courtesy of the gals at Clodhoppers who always have more than their fair share of amazing Derby looks. Stop in and have them help you pick out your look (you can even scoop a hat their if you’re in need). They have a special knack for pulling things you might not pick out for yourself but end up looking (and fitting) great. If you go, tell ‘em Lou What Wear sent ya.

Ann and Kristen are making another appearance this week (check out their other looks here and here), showing us how to style up neon for a day at Churchill and for a night out. This black dress would be perfect for one of the late night Derby-eve parties. With a pattern this bold, you don’t need a lot of accessories. Just a great pair of heels and maybe a bold lip.

Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (5)On Kristen – Dress: Milly Available at Clodhoppers; Headpiece: Headcandi; Neon Bag: Dandelion Boutique
On Ann – Dress: Milly Available at Clodhoppers
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (12)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (7)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (9)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (3)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (10)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (8)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (1)

Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (11)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (13)
Milly NY Spring 2014 Neon Dresses * Kentucky Derby Style * Lou What Wear (6)Photos by Whitney Neal.

 More Milly!

 

Derby Dress of the Day: For the Kentucky Oaks

The Kentucky Oaks is sometimes referred to as ‘Louisville’s Day at the Races,’ but lately it seems like more and more out of town guests are coming for the fun on Friday. So if you’re heading to the track for the races on Friday, please remember the Mean Girl’s Wednesday motto and wear pink.

The actual race is the highlight of Friday’s racing card and features three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies (that’s a girl horse in came you’re new to all the racing terminology). In the past few years, Oaks day has become a celebration that also honors breast cancer survivors, including a survivor’s parade right before the marquee race. So in honor of the cause, it’s become quite the tradition to make sure you’re wearing at least a little bit of pink.

Adding a pink tie, bow tie or pocket square may be enough for the fellas but for the fillies (that’s you ladies), I prefer being a little more bold. That doesn’t mean you have to look like a walking Barbie doll though. You can go for a pink hat or headpiece but I prefer the dress route. That way you can branch out a little on the hat (or just recycle/re-purpose an old one).

For me, the key with a pink dress is the silhouette. You want something that is simple and classy – nothing that comes off to sexy or slinky looking. Stick to a structured fit and a ladylike length. Here’s a few favorites (p.s. – the top two are crazy affordable).

Derby Dress a DayRacerback Pink Dress: MM Couture | Strapless Printed Dress: MM Couture
Watermelon Gabriella Dress: Shoshanna | Seamed Detail Dress in Fluo Pink: Milly (more sizes here)

Local boutique Blink carries tons of Shoshanna and Clodhoppers always has tons of great Milly options. Definitely stop in there for more pink options.

Derby Dress of the Day: For the Turf Club

Coming in a little late on today’s post … but better late than never especially when it comes to the dress of the day.

Hope you all are digging it so far and if you have a specific Derby situation that you’re looking for a little outfit help with, send it on over to danielle@louwhatwear.com – they make for great inspiration.

Today’s look is for the Turf Club. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve spent Derby day in there – I’m just not swanky (read: rich) enough. That doesn’t mean I haven’t scoped out the outfits in there and I’ve had some lucky friends who have had the chance to go. It’s definitely a unique atmosphere mingling with the elite and their, sometimes very famous, guests.

So if you’re heading up there, you’re going to want to do something a little fancier. I think it’s a great place to try something a little less traditional which is why I picked this graphic print Milly number. The silhouette is simple, sleek and a little sexy and you’ll stand out from the crowd in this for sure.

For hat options – go with a black fascinator that pulls on some of the dress’ brighter colors. For shoes, you can go a little higher with tickets in here because you’ll have a place to sit. Not saying you shouldn’t pack a pair of fold-up flats – ’cause you most certainly should – but you won’t be on your feet the entire day. I’d keep the shoes a little more simple to keep the focus on everything going on up top.

Derby Dress a Day
Graphic Print Mesh Racerback Dress: Milly
Silver Heels: ASOS | White Perforated Heels: Forever 21

 

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