This week in Kentucky fashion is all about the perfect Derby look. Every year thousands of race fans gather for 'The Run For The Roses' at Churchill Downs. While we love seeing dapper gents, what the ladies show up in has become almost a big of a deal as the horses themselves. Finding a show-stopping Derby hat is of utmost importance to any fashionista attending the event. If you are walking the red carpet, you definitely want to stand out. Our latest outfit is all about putting on a little Southern Charm. To us, nothing says charm quite like Oscar de la Renta. At the center of our ensemble is a pleated, floral silk dress by the designer in vibrant shades of purple. Wearing florals to the event is nothing new of course, and we figure if it isn't broken, why fix it? But the variations of lavender, orchid, and plum make this flowery frock extra special. Our most important accessory is a fabulous hat, naturally. This wide brim, organza bow hat is just the ticket to complement our spring inspired dress. This particular hat makes a statement without being too over the top; it simply says "I came to be seen." Keeping things on the purple path, Nina satin bow sandals with a rhinestone center add an extra feminine touch. We kept our bag on the classic side with a pearl shaped plexiglass minaudiere by Chanel. If a woman wants to feel glamorous, she wears Chanel.  Offering a hint of sparkle without overpowering the ensemble, we added a pair of crystal and pearl drop earrings.  After all, a girl can't attend the Derby without a little bling. We polished off our jovial look with a colorful mani/pedi courtesy of Formula X. No matter who wins the big race, in this outfit you will 'reign' supreme. 
***This week (and month's) outfit title was clearly inspired by the classic Prince song "Purple Rain". I had no idea only mere weeks after I put it together that he would no longer be with us. This outfit is all about the Derby, but it is also a little tribute to one of music's finest.

Posted on 2016-05-02 by Jesse L. Brooks