While the Derby is the main event, the Kentucky Oaks is no shrinking violet. These days, Oaks – which takes place on Friday – is almost as big as Derby, especially when it comes to getting dressed.
The big difference between the Oaks and Derby when it comes to getting ready, is the addition of a pop of pink. It’s become almost a requirement – even for the guys. Since the Oaks is a race for the fillies, Churchill Downs made the move a few years back to partner with Susan G. Komen for breast cancer awareness. The day includes a variety of events that honor survivors, including a parade to honor them before the big race. To show support, all attendees are encouraged to wear a little (or a lot) of pink.
I had two Kristen’s help me out for this shoot and both gravitated to this pink number. You saw it first on Kristen Cripe here for a night out and now Kirstin Esham is sporting it topped off with a hat, ready for a day at the track. Rather than gold accents, for this day look we went with pops of turquoise which I think make this especially spring-y. And rather than go head-to-toe colorful, we topped it off with as simple, chic white Headcandi piece.
If you’re going to the Oaks, even if you’ve already picked out your look, make sure you add a tiny touch of pink. For guys it can be as simple as your socks or a bow tie. For the ladies, consider adding a pink flower or feather to your headpiece. Oh and while you’re there – make sure to try a Lily- it’s by far my favorite drink for a day at Churchill Downs.
Neon Pink Lace Dress: ‘The Liz’ Dress & Dwell; Turquoise Embellished Clutch: Dandelion; Earrings: Dress & Dwell; White Fascinator: Headcandi
Modeled by Kristen Esham.
Images by Whitney Neal.
We’re doubling up today with one beautiful Headcandi piece paired with two bright and fun dresses. With the races a little more than a week away, I know everyone’s in crunch mode but there’s still time to get your look together. I’ve been sharing lots of Louisville sales/store events over on facebook – so follow along there if you’re looking to stay up on local happenings.
It’s also been a lot of fun to see how gals outside the bluegrass are getting Derby ready. And while I can agree a Derby party is definitely in order no matter what next weekend, there is truly nothing better than being at the track on the first Saturday in May (let the FOMO begin). Bucket list item for sure.
Today Kristen and Lynsey are both sporting the same headpiece with gorgeous Milly numbers from Clodhoppers. Kristen’s is definitely for the gal not afraid of color and standing out while Lynsey’s is for someone who’s looking to put a fun twist on traditional. If you’re still on the hunt for a dress, definitely swing into Clodhoppers – I know they’ve been getting more dresses in by the day!
Modeled by Lynsey Creech and Kristen Cripe
Photos by Whitney Neal.
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bracelet: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi
Dress: Milly available at Clodhoppers | Bag: Dandelion | Hat: Headcandi
Want more Milly …
Ready for your daily dose of Derby inspiration? I’m pretty in love with this look on Kristin and I could definitely see myself sporting this from head-to-toe if I could make it to the races this year.
Some people may be against the whole matching look but I think the mix of colors and shades makes it work. If you’re still looking for a dress – this one from Dress & Dwell is perfect for the track and is only $66 (yup, you read that right). You can order it online OR grab it at their store. Go big and get the hat to match while you’re there.
Also, this awesome necklace was still at Dandelion when I was there over the weekend and I thought about scooping it up. Looks great with this but would look equally nice with a simple white tee or button-down.
Neon Lime Tweed Dress: Dress & Dwell; Hat: Headcandi; Bag & Necklace: Dandelion; Shoes: Steve Madden Derby Look Modeled by Kristin Esham
Photos by Whitney Neal.