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DANIELLE RUDY DAVIS

Just an overcommitted girl trying to keep up with it all. Mom of three, co-owner of Lemonade PR, sports lover and F1 enthusiast always counting down to the Kentucky Derby. 

Kentucky Derby Style: And we’re off… Topped in Navy

Mar 30, 2015

So excited to start this series up for its second year. The Kentucky Derby is my favorite day of the year. It used to be my second favorite behind my birthday but now that those aren’t quite as exciting. Love Christmas but Derby is way more fun. (Is that a bad thing to say?)

Last year I started this series to give you all an idea of what people really wear to the track. Full looks from local boutiques and milliners. I’m excited to have expanded it even more this year and upped the ante with the help of the uber talented Jaclyn Journey and Whitney Neal. Jaclyn is the floral mastermind behind the amazing backdrops you’ll see in this year’s series and Whitney is, as always, the talent behind the lens. Expect lots of beautiful dresses from Dress & Dwell, Circe and Clodhoppers along with some beauties from Shoshanna and Leona along with hats and fascinators from Headcandi, Kenzie Kapp and Maureen’s Creations.

We’re kicking off today with one of my favorite fascinators from the entire shoot. Seriously, I’m thinking of asking Britni to make me one. I’m thinking that I may not be the only one sending her that request. We paired this stunner with a bright, fun romper from Dress & Dwell (it’s only $58!!). Last week I talked about trying a romper instead of a dress this year and here is a perfect example. This look is ideal for an outdoor box. You’ll stay cool, look seriously chic and be crazy comfortable.

p.s. – If you haven’t been over to New Albany to check out the selection at Dress & Dwell, I suggest you get over there stat. I promise it is worth the bridge traffic. I took a couple friends with me over there on Saturday and my friend Caitlin walked away with her Derby and Oaks dresses all for under $150. The owner Amanda is a doll and will help you find something perfect. They also have tons of Headcandi options in store for you to try on.

Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Neon Mosaic Romper from Dress & Dwell | More romper options here and here. 
Drop Earrings from Dandelion 
Give them a call if you’re interested in purchasing. 
Navy Fascinator by Headcandi 

Want your own custom creation? Drop Britni a note and let her know what you’re looking for! 
Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator  - Wholesale FlowersKentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Kentucky Derby Outfit Inspiration - What to Wear to Kentucky Derby - Headcandi Fascinator Credits:
Images by Whitney Neal
Floral Styling by Jaclyn Journey
Flowers c/o Fifty Flowers
Model – Kristen Esham  

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  1. I’m so excited to see all these photos! I’ve been anxiously waiting for them ever since you posted that sneak peek on Instagram a few weeks back.

    Best,
    Josh – The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

    • Danielle says:

      I’d been counting down too! Just got the pics back on Friday and almost started posting over the weekend – I was too excited to wait!
      There’s WAY more where this came from!

  2. […] we launched this series, I talked about how obsessed I was (am, love it so much) with this Headcandi fascinator. And it is […]

  3. […] during the month of April, no doubt you saw the beautiful floral wall/backdrop we used for the Derby Dress of the Day series. In reading the comments and hearing feedback, it was clear that the backdrop stole the show […]

  4. […] I picked this dress because of the form-fitting shape – easy to move around, won’t snag on the chairs or anything outside – the perfect length (don’t want it to be too short) and the tank top style straps. You definitely won’t want to be adjusting every two minutes if you’re moving around and doing the dance of sitting down/standing up so you’ll want to avoid strapless or other straps that constrain. This look will give you the ability to move around and have fun while looking fab. I love the subtle print that helps it stand out and that you can match a ton of different hat styles with it (would love it with something like this navy fascinator). […]

  5. […] My vote is for a romper just because it feels a little more fun, youthful and spring-ish. Love a good jumpsuit but for day, a structured romper looks so chic and fun. Top it off with a bold fascinator rather than a hat since a big hat can look out of proportion with a short romper. Basically – if I wore a romper, I’d want to recreate this look.  […]

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