By Jesse L. Brooks


The race to Churchill Hill Downs is on and we are getting down and Derby! We’re still a month away from the big event, but it’s never too early to start planning your outfit. The Kentucky Derby is hands down one of the biggest and most legendary events in the Bluegrass. And while it is of course all about the horses, to us gals it’s also all about the fashion. This month’s look will give our readers a little Derby inspo for what to wear to the races.
Staying in the spirit of spring, we wanted a look that was soft and feminine, so naturally that called for florals and pastels. This strapless crêpe dress by Dolce & Gabbana is like a fine work of art. Designed with a romantic floral pattern which mimics deep brush strokes and a watercolor technique, it makes this piece both artistic and sophisticated.
To allow our dress to do all the talking, a simple yet chic pair of sandals were in order. Alexandre Birman’s coveted ‘Clarita’ sandals have been spotted on several stylish celebrities, including one of our favorite sassy Southerners, Reese Witherspoon. Handcrafted from plush velvet in a soft petal hue, they are lined in smooth leather and detailed with the label’s signature bow embellishments at the front strap and ankle.
Our bag needed to be just as stylishly subdued as our footwear,  and this Christian Louboutin clutch is a perfect addition to our polished look. Shaped from a rich metallic-finish leather and a gleaming curved clasp, this bag is the very definition of sleek.
For a little frosting, Larkspur & Hawk’s ‘Olivia Button’ earrings are handmade from rose gold-dipped sterling silver, set with 20.00 carats of faceted topazes that catch the light from every angle.
Of course no Derby look would be complete without the perfect hat. Milliner Christine A. Moore is best known for her explosive racing styles for the Kentucky Derby and two of them are in the Kentucky Derby Museum. She’s even designed a hat for Barbie herself! So who else would we turn to for a fabulous topper? The ‘Chynthia’ hat is adorned with silk organza flowers and a french net, which beautifully complements the neutral shades in our dress.
We polished off our Derby Day ensemble with Stila’s Stay All Day liquid lipstick which delivers long lasting matte color for 6+ hours. When you’re spending the majority of your day outside sipping mint juleps, you definitely want a lip product that doesn’t budge.
No matter where your seat is, and even if it’s a viewing party rather than the main event, in this look you will be the ‘Derby Darling’ of the day.