Derby Dress of the Day: For the Grandstand

The Derby countdown continues today with a look for the Grandstand seating at the track. The great part about the grandstand is you’ll be able to see the track, meaning you’ll be able to shout Go Baby Go! at your horse as it comes down the stretch. The bad part is that you’re open to the elements (pray for no rain) in most of the bleacher seats. Since it’s bleacher seats, you don’t have a ton of room to spread out, so I picked a simple dress that you’ll be comfortable in all day while still looking totally put together.

The shift style is great for this area of the track because you won’t have to adjust every time you stand up and down. You also don’t have a lot of fabric to get sat on by your bleacher buddy. If you’re sitting in this area of the track, I definitely recommend keeping your footwear simple so it’s easy to maneuver around people without 1. tripping or 2. ruining someone’s day with a heel through their foot.

Get excited because on Monday I’ll begin posting my complete Derby looks. Lots of fun, pretty inspiration on real gals.


Extra bonus points: All of today’s items are from Piperlime where you can get 25% off all new spring items through April 6th. Just use code SPRING to save. Here’s a few more favorites that would be perfect for the track.

 

Outfit Post: Hats off to the Races

First off, I have to say a big thank you to everyone who has read, pinned, liked or shared a link to Lou What Wear this past month. April was the best month this little project of mine has ever had and I’m excited to see what’s next. As always, I love hearing from you all, so if there’s something you hate or love or want to see more (or less) of, let me know!

Okay, so I can’t believe we’re halfway through Derby week. It’s officially crunch time and if you’re still in need of some last minute details – today and tomorrow are the days to tackle it!
So everyone knows hats are a must for Oaks and Derby but the rest of the week at the track (where you could find me yesterday for work and today with Beth for a little fun with America’s Best Racing), hats are not the norm. It’s more the look you go for when going to a summer wedding, a day at Keeneland or a summer cocktail party. Today’s post reflects that look. You could certainly style either of these up with a hat for the big days but they work just as well for a mid-week day at the track or a fun summer event.

I fell in love with this Shoshanna number at Blink! and think it is almost too perfect for a gal who’s getting married this summer. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or bridal luncheon – the beading on the neckline gives a pretty splash of color against the white. And Beth’s striped dress from Dress & Dwell is preppy perfection. Simple with a little something extra. You can go simple with a pair of Jack Rodgers or gold flip flops or go dressier with a fun colored heel. I paired this dress with a low heel because a long day at the track can give your feet hell so make sure you think about if you’ll have seating opportunities when picking a shoe.

Also, if you’re out at the track anytime this week, snap a pic and send it to me at danielle@louwhatwear.com – I’ll be doing a Derby wrap-up next week and would love to include you all!

Dress: Shoshanna Beaded Freyja Dress available at Blink! Boutique (also available in a one-shoulder version); Shoes: DSW; Bag and Mint Bracelets: Dandelion; Sunglasses: LOFT

 For more of Beth’s look head over to Seersucker + Saddles ….

 

Photos by Whitney Neal.

 

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Style Spotting: A Toast to the Happy Couple

Last week I was running around like crazy (hence the hectic posting) because on Saturday we hosted an engagement party for my dearest friend Kelly and her groom-to-be Grant. The party marked the first time all four of their parents were together so in honor of the bride’s North Carolina roots and current KY home, we did a BBQ showdown: North Carolina style vs. Kentucky style.

The party was a lot of fun and I think a good time was had by all (we ran out of beer so I’m thinking that’s a good sign). Anyways, rather than ramble on about the details, I’ll just share the pics. Enjoy!

p.s. – I can’t believe I didn’t get a picture of Grant & Kelly together… definite fail on my part.

Love Lauren’s mint dress, Katie’s statement necklace, Kelly in white eyelet and Julia’s color blocked maxi (and those earrings are amazing).

Grant, Weston, Kurt & Billy

Me and the bride to be.
Top: Blush Boutique; Jeans: J.Crew; Necklace: Stella & Dot
Kelly: Dress: LOFT; Sandals: Micheal Kors

Megan & Emily – Definitely going to miss all the colorful summer dresses.
These two always look great and I love the print & nautical stripe each are wearing.

Had to throw this pic in as a big thanks to my Dad and Suzie for their help putting together this little shin-dig!

 

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