Style Spotting: Kentucky Derby 142

We made it to the finish line of another Kentucky Derby season. I am definitely not one to wish Derby away but putting it in the rear view means I’m one day closer to not being pregnant anymore (May 17 can’t come soon enough). Derby + Mother’s Day were the last milestones on the calendar before this due date so now I’m officially in waiting mode.

It wasn’t quite the same as last year’s Derby madness – both here on the blog (sorry for not getting a style series together, promise to get it together next year) and at work (ducked out of party/gala duties) so I’m already looking forward to Kentucky Derby 143. But enough of all that nonsense, let’s talk Derby one more time before next spring.

Want to know what locals and real girls and guys ACTUALLY wear to Derby, this post is for you. I get a little annoyed when the national media think throwing on a straw beach hat means you’re Derby-ready. It doesn’t. We all know that your hat has to be more than just something you can wear on a beach vacation. And I love that Churchill Downs and Derby sponsors bring in national bloggers and stars to shine a little light on Louisville and Derby but sometimes the looks don’t line-up with what Derby is really all about.

So here’s a look at what locals (including yours truly at 39 weeks) wore to Kentucky Derby 142 as well as some snaps from Kentucky Oaks 142. This is always one of my favorite posts of the year with a big thank you going out to all the gals that send in/tag me in pictures. I’ll update this a few times throughout the next couple days so if you want to get your picture added to the round-up, email it to me (danielle@louwhatwear.com) or tag me (@louwhatwear).

Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon) and Brittany Swan at Kentucky Oaks 142
Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow
Taylor Collins, Madison Eberenz, Erica Parsley and Kathryn Denbow
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Steve and Courtney Nassau at Kentucky Oaks 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Will Rice, Frankie Hilbert, Matt Case, Kevin McFarland, Nissan Gabay and Joey Wagner at Kentucky Oaks 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Grace Wainwright – A Southern Drawl – Judging the Kentucky Oaks Longines Fashion Contest
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Dustin Amrine and Joey Zembrodt at the Hermitage Derby Toast presented by Vanity Fair
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Kyle Pierron, Larkin Walker, Lauren Cox and Kelsey Chapin
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Bridget Peake Dewson, Sara Ivens Moffett and Marigny Johnson Bostock
Hats by The Mysterious Rack
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Dan and Shannon Kessler (Owner of Primp Salon)
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Andy Cregg, Jackie Coakley, Micaela and Mike Skura
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Drew and I + Kristin and John Esham
Hat by Headcandi + Dress is BCBG from Rent the Runway
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Michael Getz, Erin Bailey, Morgan Getz and Taylor Parker – Bacardi House at Kentucky Derby 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Denise Sohm and Baili Taylor
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Lee Wilkinson Receveur and Claire Tidmore
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Lindsey Brodsky – Hat by Alison Thiel
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Amanda – @realitytvstar
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Karen Waller and friend at Thurby
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Sara Ivens Moffet and friends before Kentucky Derby 142
Kentucky Derby 142 * Lou What Wear * What to Wear to the Kentucky Derby
Jana Metcalf and Eric Reader
Hat by Jana’s Hat Box
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Jessica Sullivan, Moira Dugan, Kathryn Denbow, Alison Denbow, Taylor Collins, Liz Harper, Madison Eberenz
Kelley Moore at her very first Kentucky Derby!
Tara Anderson and Friends
Tara Anderson and Friends
Alison Yeager, Stephanie and Max Hannum

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  1. Baili Taylor wrote:

    Love all of these looks! You looked great, mama! Good luck next week!

    Posted 5.9.16 Reply