I learned a few things from 2010 and put them into action!
FIRST - Bring a change of shoes because 8+ hours on your feet walking around on cobblestone is not easy! You need a tote to bring your sandals in and your shoes out of Churchill Downs.
SECORD – Bring a tote because you will be bringing all the commemorative glasses from those Lilies and Mint Juleps! But as it happened I used my tote this year for my sandals, my mother-in-laws sandals and the rain gear for 4 people! The glasses ended up in the plastic bags that came with the souvenirs I purchased. Just a little re-shuffle and it was all good and I was glad to have had the tote!
I did see several ladies wearing beach looking flip flops, carrying their shoes. This did NOT look sophisticated or lady-like at all. Why spend all that money on a great hat and ensemble to only look like you came from a tag sale. Think ahead ladies. It’s not as hard as you think.
This year we were not going to The Kentucky Oaks race so I wanted to wear my Pink hat to the Derby and didn’t want to wear a black dress again. I could not find a dress to match the unusual shade of pink so I recycled my White and Black Derby Hat and bought an all white dress. An all white dress was a big switch for me!
Everything I wore this year was more white than black with a touch of red on my small handbag. Here are the elements of my 2012 Derby Ensemble
HAT - recycled from 2010 just added a few feathers that I picked up at Dee’s in Louisville. Here I am with Vic’s mom. She was born on Derby Day in Louisville and her doctor raced to the Derby after he deliver her. This year the Derby fell on her birthday again and is the reason we returned with her and PapaJohn.
DRESS – Lace Embroidered White Dress from Cache’.
SHOULDER BAG – I learned the last time we went to The Derby, that this size is great for your personal items but nothing else. I call it my “Run For The Roses” Derby purse! Actually it is my Mary Frances “Love Affair” beaded bag. But this year I added my tote bag too.
Tote – To carry my theme I found a Dooney Burke White and Black tote that I knew I would use again and again and it looked great with the entire outfit. The whites were WHITE in all of my elements. Which is pictured at the top of this post.
SHOE – Could not believe it when I saw these shoes online. I ordered them and they arrived the day before we left. It they didn’t fit or didn’t really work … I would of had to resort to a black pair of shoes. Whew! They worked. Found them on ShiekhShoes.com Super Cute. They tie at the side with ribbon. No buckles.
Now even though these pictures make it look as if the whites are a different color, they are not. Believe me I saw a few Black and White hats being worn with cream or off white at The Derby. It looked awful. So my suggestion to you is make sure your whites work together or use another solid color as the accent.
Another reason I mention the whites is because I actual saw my dress on another lady. As I saw her passing me I said “GREAT taste”. To which she smiled and said yes! She had on a gorgeous hat too. After the Derby I was online and found a picture of her … you see it’s all about the hat. Then I looked closely and she was carrying a cream colored purse not pure white. Ladies you’ve heard “the devil is in the details”. Well it’s true. It the whites don’t match chose a different color or find the accessory that does match. Here is the picture. But don’t you LOVE that hat!
With two Derby’s under my belt, I just have to share my favorite Derby Hat … one that I did not see in person … only online later. But I love it. It was worn my Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler this year.
What are your thoughts on Derby Hats?