Derby Day Dress

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The annual Kentucky Derby is now less than five days away and I am still without my hat!!!! The first two hats I ordered were a definite, no-go. Thank goodness for Amazon’s easy return policy and overnight shipping!

I DO own my dress. I wanted something conservative, yet youthful. I wished for a bold pop of color and hopefully, a flattering fit. Vince Camuto met all my needs at a reasonable price. Already sold out at Nordstrom in the bright poppy color (shown), it is still available HERE, in a fresh springtime melon. A timeless look you can definitely wear again! This look is perfect for work, baby showers, luncheons, charity events, or a Saturday night out with the hubs. Pair with nude heels or a little strappy number and you are all set.

The Derby.

When Adam and I first met, we were in our mid twenties. Shortly after we started dating a group of his childhood besties and I made plans to road trip in a ten passenger RV to Louisville, KY. We were off to the horse races! Still in graduate school and too broke to afford infield seats, we welcomed our outfield admission into one of the biggest horse races in the world. A party it twas! A glamorous event, it twas not. It rained, and rained…and rained. All of the outfield spectators were covered from head to toe in rain, mud, and grass.  Too young too care, too invigorated on mint juleps to notice, we had a ball despite the poor viewing conditions. The Derby still remains one of the best memories of my twenties. Upon leaving Louisville that Sunday after the big race, Adam and I vowed to someday return again. On our next visit we hoped to be dressed in full Derby Day regalia. Now in our thirties with real jobs and less student debt, Adam and I are about to make our return trip to see the Crown Jewel of racing. This time, we are sitting in the infield.

Once our tickets were purchased I was on the hunt for the perfect dress. I needed the dress, to buy the hat, of course. I opted for a vibrant pop of color because May is the season of spring flowers. I opted for lace, because lace is classic and timeless. I opted for just below the knee, because I was no longer in my twenties!

Simple jewelry by Chanel, a quilted, gold clutch by Tori Burch, and a pair of nude heels ALMOST complete the look…now for the perfect hat.

Where else does one buy the perfect Kentucky Derby Day hat? Why, amazon. com, of course!

Do you prefer the hat in nude, HERE?

Or the hat in white, HERE?

Feel free to weigh in…

Derby Day pictures coming soon @mothermojoblogger!

A very special thank you to the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art for allowing me to utilize their gorgeous museum space and to Ryann Haynes for taking these photographs.





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