It's that time of year for one of our most loved events of the year - the ninth annual Lee Park Day at the Races! Starting this Saturday, May 6th, the event will take place at the beautiful Arlington Hall in Lee Park located in Dallas, TX. From Four Roses Mint Juleps, G.H. Mumm Champagne, Southern-inspired cuisine, lawn games, a silent auction and socializing, it'll definitely be one fulfilled day! Best of all, we plan to hit the dance floor as we dance the day away listening to the tunes of the Jordan Kahn Orchestra.
Now that we're pumped for Saturday, we also wanted to point a few tips and tricks that could come in handy for anyone attending a derby day party.
For more info about purchasing tickets or
get involved, visit www.dallasderbyparty.org.
No matter your age there shouldn't be any limits when it comes to fashion, especially when you’re dressing for an occasion like the Derby. Styled in this two piece outfit, we took our traditional classic dress attire for a twist by adding more creativity and vibrancy to the outfit.
Knock it up a notch
For the ladies out there that are shoe fanatics, this is your time to shine! By wearing this Nicole Miller white skirt and patterned blue top from Front Door Fashion, we were able to knock it up a notch by pairing the outfit with these beautiful Christian Louboutin heels and clutch. Lastly, we topped everything off with a more simple wide brimmed hat and added one of Front Door Fashion’s most popular lines of jewelry by Julie Vos.
a beautiful trio of kentucky derby style
As you can see, all our lovely models were able to have their own unique since of style thanks to Front Door Fashion's selection of women's contemporary clothing and amazing personal styling service.
What's the craze behind Kentucky Derby style?
Back in the 1870, it was Colonel Lewis Clark himself that was so determined to make the Kentucky Derby the hit event of the year that he went on a "campaign throughout Louisville, KY to convince his new clientele that the racetrack was a place for upper-class" and not a place "of immorality and vice." So he did what any person would do. He loaded up a wagon full of high society women wearing their hats and "went door to door telling people that they were going to have a picnic in the racetrack."
When it comes to picking out the right Kentucky Derby outfit, I'm often asked if one should outfit around the hat or the dress. As I always say, "you don't want to be the woman wearing jeans and a t-shirt to the cocktail party," so if you're stuck between outfitting around the dress or hat, I say picking the right silhouette of a dress is always a first and than outfit your hat around the dress. I'm sure most women can agree that the fit and silhouette of a dress can either make or break an outfit. Traditionally, the hat is always supposed to be the main focus of the outfit, but with the many styles of dresses and accessories out there, you can't say no to something that will have you looking beautiful and classic.
We were inspired by this beautiful "Pretty in Pink," Nicole Miller dress from Front Door Fashion that mixes classy and sexy all-in-one. Not only is it made of a quality light-weight fabric, which is perfect for being out in the sun, but the silhouette works just right for any woman's figure. Comfortably is key and this dress definitely makes it easy to move around and feel comfortable throughout the day. Paired with these beautiful statement accessories by Oscar de la Renta and vibrant colored clutch by Kotur, the outfit comes together beautifully!
If you do decide to go more the traditional Derby hat route, there are never limits when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. The bigger the better! Every woman is different and whatever works for you is most important.
Derby Style for him
If you're not into the traditional seersucker style, here is an alternative option that is easy to put together and comfortable, which is definitively a plus for a guy having to wear a suit out in the sun. Most men can agree that wearing a sport coat in the sun can make you feel like you're sitting in a sauna. As a tip, stay away from materials such as tweed, winter wools and heavier twills and stick to lighter fabric such as cotton, linen or madras. Wearing a lighter color pant also helps to keep you feeling cool vs. wearing black that can absorb heat easily.
Some of the most essential pieces that should be included in any guys closet is a well fit navy sport coat or blazer, a tailored white or light colored button down collared shirt, a pair of well cut trousers and a quality fabric tie. Navy is a classic color that most men can easily pair with about almost anything such as these Hugo Boss pants in white and collared shirt. When it come to wearing the right tie, we always suggest going quality. A quality fabric tie not only last longer, but can actually end up costing you less vs. buying inexpensive ties year round. This statement quality tie by Edo Popken adds the perfect amount of color and works great with any Kentucky Derby themed party.
When coupled with a pretty gal at your side, the whole outfit comes together perfectly!
Stay tuned for more to come...
Stay tuned for tomorrow's "What to Wear" post along with special highlights about sponsors and event activities.
Credit reference: nbcbayarea.com
Once again the Lee Park Junior Conservancy is bringing a piece of Kentucky history to Dallas. In honor of the running of the 141st Kentucky Derby, the Lee Park Junior Conservancy will be hosting the seventh annual “Day at the Races” on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at the historic Arlington Hall at Lee Park.
As one of the fastest-growing organizations in Dallas for young professionals, the Lee Park Junior Conservancy has sparked the hearts of all those in appreciation of conserving our most scenic urban green spaces in Dallas. “The Day at the Races event, Dallas' original Derby Day party, is a way for the community to come together to raise funds for the preservation and conservation of beautiful and historic Arlington Hall as well as the further development of Lee Park.”
A GLIMPSE THROUGH KENTUCKY DERBY STYLE
As a way to celebrate this luxurious event, we wanted to take our followers back in history of what real Kentucky Derby style was like. Formally known as the “Run for the Roses,” the Kentucky Derby has been considered as one of the most expensive sporting events nationwide with over 120,000 mint julips served every year. We’re sure Colonel M. Lewis Clark, (the founding father of the Kentucky Derby), enjoyed himself a mint julip or two for all his accomplishments in bringing a racing environment that felt comfortable, luxurious and an event “that would remind people of European horse racing.”
What we all know as the “Kentucky Derby hat,” was richly known as a symbol of luck. Through the years, this essential accessory has played a large role in the history of Kentucky Derby female fashions. We have also seen a large movement in men’s Kentucky Derby fashion from the straw hat to what is now known as the modern seersucker style.
Front Door fashion features what's new and Now
With less than a week until the big day we wanted to suggest some Kentucky Derby styles of our own by partnering with one of our favorite personal styling services located right here in the heart of the Design District, Front Door Fashion.
Front Door Fashion is a personal styling service, delivering custom-created looks to fashion-seeking and time-starved women across the US. They combine an unmatched selection of designer inventory and professional stylists to deliver the highest level of service and convenience.
What to wear sneak peek
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s “What to Wear” blog post as we feature different Kentucky Derby outfits for him and her.
1890-1900 - Pinterest.com
1920 - https://evolutionoffashionky.wordpress.com/derbyfashionhistory
1940 - http://happydayvintage.blogspot.com/2011/05/fashion-friday-kentucky-derby.html
1960 & 1970 - http://getstylin.com/blog/fashion-traditions-kentucky-derby