What I'm Wearing... The Derby Affair with Curls, Curves, & Conversation

It's spring, and you know what that means?! Warmer weather, longer days, and spring fashion!  We have spent the last few months in sweaters, boots, and dark colors, while mulling during the long winter nights.  Spring is the breath of fresh air we have all been waiting for. During the spring, it’s time to shed those sweaters and boots, trade them in for floral dresses and sandals.

Sitting at the intersection of spring and fashion, is The Kentucky Derby. For over 100 years, The Kentucky Derby was where spring fashion was debuted. Women from all over would flock to the Derby in their floral dresses, A-line skirts, oh… and we cannot forget about the hats! If you can’t make it to the Kentucky Derby this year, don’t fret. Our friends at the Talented Tenth have got you covered.

When I heard the news that The Derby Affair save the date went out, I started planning looks in my head from what was already in my closet. One thing I like to do before any day or event, is plan the look I am going for before blindly shopping. I always shop my closet first.  Here are some of my favorite looks and concepts that are Kentucky Derby approved. Let me know what you think, and I hope you gain some inspiration! Can’t wait to see all of you beautiful people at the Derby!

Look One: The Traditional Look
The first combination was the easiest to come by. I found a simple teal Swing Dress and paired it with a chartreuse sandal. Pairing two bold, complimentary colors like teal and chartreuse will be easy to come by in any closet. It is also shown with a canvas cream/chartreuse clutch with a wooden handle.

Teal Look

Look Two: Dark Floral and Stripes
The Kentucky Derby is known for its vibrant spring colors, but it is also knows for its deep florals. Think, Roses. To add an element of spring into the dark floral skirt, I topped it with an oversized black and white striped top.

Floral + Stripes

Look Three: All "White"
Summer owns the all-white look, hands down. So in the celebration of spring, and this lingering winter, I paired an all-white, tulle midi skirt, with a winter white top. I kept the shoes neutral, but I broke out the bling to add an element of sweetness to this outfit. To add that look of spring I paired it with a Hot Pink clutch, my pop of color.

All "White"

Look Four: Pantsuit Nation
My last look is officially a look for The Kentucky Derby. Pantsuits are increasingly becoming a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, and have been worn more to The Derby and Derby events for the last 10 years. My last look is a bright coral pantsuit. The structures wide leg pants with the back cut out, make this a bold and edgy look for any event. I finished it with a royal blue fascinator, to incorporate a pop of color.

Pant Suit Look

Now, I have to figure out what I’m wearing to The Derby Affair.  Can’t wait to see you there!

What are YOU wearing?