Derby Dress of the Day: Wild Things

Anyone else still recovering from this weekend’s Easter sugar high? I gave up candy for Lent which called for a serious sugar binge yesterday. I’m thinking I may need to give it up for another 40 days to recover. I’m also pretty sure that Easter is now my son’s favorite holiday now. For him combining competitive hide & seek + candy = best day ever.

Now that Easter is behind us, there’s no more big days on the calendar between now and Derby so the mad rush is officially underway. Today I’m hoping to pop-in with a couple Derby posts but I’ve had a lot of friends ask me for dress suggestions. I always point them HERE to my Derby pinterest board since I’ve got WAY more dresses there than I could ever post over here. If you’re looking for options, definitely check it out.

Today’s look is a little walk on the wild side with Caitlin and Ashley. I love the less traditional Derby-style print on the Milly dress from Clodhoppers that Cailtin is sporting alongside a more traditional white Derby hat. For Ashley, we went with a blank canvas in the form of this simple, yet super flattering white number from Dress & Dwell. With an all-white dress you can really go for any look with accessories. Pastel for a preppy look. Bright neons for a bold look or like we did here, a little walk on the wild (okay not super wild) side with feather and red and yellow pops of color.

Have you settled on your Derby look yet?

On Ashley:
Dress: The Elga White Knit Dress by BB Dakota (on sale now) available at Dress & Dwell; Headpiece: Headcandi; Necklace: Dress & Dwell
On Caitlin:
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers; Bag: Dandelion Boutique; White Hat with Yellow Flowers : Headcandi Photos by Whitney Neal.

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.

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