Kentucky Derby Style: Officially Derby Ready

It’s official. My Derby excitement/anxiety stomach ache has set in. Ten days out and I’m trying to get everything together for our Derby week plans, keep up with work and remember what practice and/or game D3 has on any given day of the week. It’s the BEST time of the year here but it’s also a big jumble of madness.

In all honesty, I’m a little disappointed in myself for not doing more (or really much of any) ‘what to wear’ posts. It’s just been one of those years. But if you’re like me and still on the hunt for a dress, I’ve pulled a ton of options over here. Or you can just follow my lead with this post and go full on southern style with a Vineyard Vines dress from their official Kentucky Derby collection. 

Last year, I wore this white lace Vineyard Vines dress to Thurby and this one will definitely be making an appearance at the track this year. I love the little details VV puts into their Derby collections. Last year, the lace pattern on the dress was made up of horseshoes and this year it’s roses. Speaking of roses, if you’re in the go bog or go home camp, this rose dress is so much fun.

I love their dresses too because they think about the experience – so none of their dresses are too short (because there’s a lot of sitting, then standing, then walking for a couple miles … you don’t want anything too short), the straps are never super strappy or thin and you can easily move around in them. Think yelling “Go Baby Go!” without having to worry about any embarrassing slips or glimpses. And most importantly, you don’t have to spend a small fortune. I think they’re all under $175.

They also do a cool collaboration with local Louisville Millinery Jenny Pfanenstiel of Forme Millinery to create simple fascinators that pair with all their dresses. Last year’s pink one was so clutch and this little white option will go with literally every dress option. They are great last minute pieces that you can easily doll up with additional feathers or flowers, or just rock as is.

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Vineyard Vines Derby Collection 
Hats + Fascinators + Fun Stuff 

Before you get the full look, I have to share that I went full-on cheesy blogger and splurged on the fancy horse balloons at Kroger for this post. I kind of hate myself for doing it but also kind of love it. Hey, Derby only comes once a year. I promise I won’t be buying $10 balloons for any other posts this year.

But to keep it real, scroll to the bottom to see what shooting with giant silly balloons really looks like. It’s mostly getting hit in the face/trying not to get tangled up. So enjoy the bloopers!

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Vineyard Vines White Floral Fascinator by Jenny Pfanenstiel c/o 
Steve Madden Blue Carson Heels 

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For the Fellas 

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