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Do Derby Dapper: Kentucky Derby 2013

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*Photo Credit: Rodes For Him and Her in Louisville, KY. One of our favorite stores for this Spring season of Derby apparel.

It’s time do Derby Dapper!  If you are out last-minute shopping, be sure to have your outfit coordinated for tomorrow’s BIG Day!  If you will not be at Churchill downs, be sure to tune in to NBC Sports starting at 4:00 PM.  If you love watching a day of horses and pre- Derby events, tune in at 11:00 AM for pre-show leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Many events like Rodes‘ Derby Divas have been extremely successful leading up to the first saturday each May.  Kentucky is the horse country capital of the US,and this time of year is filled with fashionistas finding the right outfit for this magnificent day in horse racing.

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*Photo Credit: Rodes For Him and Her in Louisville, KY.

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*Photo Credit: Rodes For Him and Her in Louisville, KY.

From roses to bright pink and greens, party planners dream of having the “Perfect Derby Day Event”. The outfit is very important, however so is the overall decor of your party or tailgate.

Your outfit should be planned for tomorrow’s BIG day…. but many stores still have fabulous choices for the last-minute shopper.  Guys and gals dress must dress to your best with silks and bright sundresses for women and seersucker and ties gingham shirts for men.  Don’t forget to throw in your equestrian style with horsebit printed ties and embroidered horse shoe dresses… If you love horses, you might as well show it on Derby Day!

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Vineyard Vines: An official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby.  Love their Derby looks this spring!

Kentucky Derby Horseshoe Gingham Carolyn Dress / Tiny Bits Scarf. / Bits Tie.

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 Lilly Pulitzer Pearl DressLilly Pulitzer Spring Fling Clutch / Handmade Kentucky Derby Hat /

Tory Burch Kailey Flat Sandal

Finding the right hat is critical! If you are creative enough to make one, do it.  There’s nothing more fun than saying “I made it myself!” (and make it SUPER fabulous at that…).  Otherwise, get one custom-made to coordinate with your dress to look extra-special.

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Pink floral and feathered Kentucky Derby Hat.  

If you are going for a more classic and black & white look, keep it simple with a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look:

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Black and White Kentucky Derby Hat

And last but not least, if you just can’t pull off the look of a hat, or you just want a different look.  Try a Fascinator:

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Cream netted fascinator 

Whether you wear a hat or a fascinator is your choice… Kate Middleton is able to wear either and you can view some of the looks below in both a Derby Hat or fascinator.  Dressing up for the Kentucky Derby is a must, wether you are at Churchill Downs or sipping Mint Juleps at the country club, wear your spring sundresses and accessorize your best!

Kate Middleton pictured in a white and periwinkle fascinator. Photo Credit: US Weekly

Kate Middleton pictured in a white and periwinkle fascinator. Photo Credit: US Weekly

Photo courtesy of Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe

Photo courtesy of Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images Europe

The best way to dress in Derby is to keep it classy.  Chic, Elegant, & Classic describes the best style to wear for the Kentucky Derby.

Who’s your pick for the Kentucky Derby 2013?  We are rooting for: “It’s My Lucky Day”.  Not only are his ears up in this photo, but he’s also a Florida native… so we feel like he’s close to family for us!

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For more Derby Fashions, check here for our previous post.  Enjoy your Juleps! ::Stay Tuned:: from our favorite post-Derby fashion picks!

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