Kentucky Derby Style

I am going to the Kentucky Derby this year! We are doing it in style with some great friends, and the whole itinerary looks amazing. Of course, for moi the most exciting part of the trip planning is choosing the wardrobe for the weekend!  Dresses and hats are a must for both Friday and Saturday, since we will be headed to the races on both days.

For the past two months, I have been happily browsing online and in person to find two outfits that I like and could afford.  Most of our travel budget was used on the actual tickets to the races and events, so I had to be creative.  I knew I wanted something classic and lady-like, but with some modern, trendy accents. 

Hats are key to Derby style, and over the last several weeks I roamed around Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Belk, Anthropologie and J. Crew to get ideas and try hats on for size.  I also stopped in Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, and while they has nice Easter and Derby hats, none caught my eye.  I even scoured the bins on my regular Goodwill and Junior League thrift shop runs, but nothing that I liked fit right.  Just as I was explaining my situation to my sister in California, she mentioned that she had just seen a lot of hats in Burlington Coat Factory.  Score! In one trip to my local BCF I found two winners that fit- one black, one navy.  

I bought a D&G Dolce and Gabbana retro blue and white gingham sundress with modern details (exposed zipper in back, funky pleats in front) in the consignment section of the Junior League thrift shop for $40, and with the hat, a gold necklace and bangle I already own, and my Nine West --Tip! Nine West brand is inexpensive, on trend and wide-foot friendly-- nude pumps, I was ready for Friday’s races.   For Saturday I chose a classic black and white sundress that I bought on sale last summer at Monkee's, and for a pop of trendy neon color added a chartreuse chunky necklace from Target.  Last was shoes- so it was off to DSW.  With practicality and long hours in mind, I chose an adorable pair of Calvin Klein black peep toes with a low "racetrack friendly" wedge heel, and at the counter I scooped up chartreuse nail polish to match the Target necklace. By combining a few staple items of my own with the new items, for well under $200 I was able put together two complete outfits.  It’s not too late to get into the spirit and celebrate the Derby in style this weekend, no matter where you are!

Two hats from Burlington Coat Factory: $38
Calvin Klein shoes and DSW nail polish: $74
Target necklace: $13
D&G dress consignment dress: $40
Total spent: $165

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