Dressing for Derby Day

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Similar Fascinator Hat | Similar Lace Dress | Pumps | Lips, color is Patina

Grab your pearls, a fancy hat and a mint julep - Derby Day is almost here! The most exciting two minutes in sports will be taking place on Saturday, May 5. As a kid, my dream job was to be a jockey......then at age 10 I hit 5'9" and realized I wouldn't live out those dreams, HA! Tall girl probs. Regardless, the Kentucky Derby is the epitome of equine events and since I grew up riding horses, it has always held a special place in my heart.

My parents lived in Kentucky for a couple of years, so I was able to tour Churchill Downs once when I visited them. It was SO fun - I highly recommend it if you are ever in Louisville! They have an entire gift shop filled with hats! I still haven't made it to the Derby itself, but it is a bucket list item, for sure. They say the inner field (where the affordable tickets are) is more like a giant drunken tailgate than a fancy southern gathering, but everyone still gets dressed to the nines! My neighborhood hosts a Kentucky Derby party every year, so that's where I'll be watching. Last year I won best dressed wearing this exact outfit AND placed all my bets on the winning horse. Hopefully this year I'll be just as lucky!

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If you are planning on celebrating Derby Day, you'll need a fancy hat to wear! I scored this fancy fascinator at The Black Scintilla in Oklahoma City - if you're local, they have a great selection and a variety of price options. If you aren't local, I rounded up a bunch of other picks below - most are under $30!

My dress is actually my Bachelorette Party dress from three years ago - I just can't bare to part with it (#emotionallyattached #clotheshorder) so I pull it out from time to time whenever it fits the occasion. This page does a good job of explaining how to dress for the Derby. I love that it says Derby Day is a chance for females to embrace their inner Southern Belles. Yes, please! They recommend dresses be light/pastel colored and simple as to not take away from the hats

Just throwing this out there, but The Royal Wedding is coming up soon, too, and you could totally use the same outfit for both. I think it would be so fun to host a watch party complete with tea, crumpets and little sandwiches. I felt very Kate Middleton in this outfit / also felt very #TeamHelena from The Royals - my current favorite TV show!

Happy shopping and may the best horse win!

P.S. After writing this post and searching for other hats to link, I'm pretty sure I was wearing my fascinator backwards in all these pictures? Ugh. Whatever. No judgement zone! 

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