This time of year, like every typical Louisville female, my mind is on my wardrobe. From girly dresses to bright and feathered hats, I wake up daily feeling like I want to make a giant, hat-topped entrance when entering a room.
Louisvlle- and Lexington, too, truly- offer so many events in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby. From the Great Steamboat Races to Oaks Day, the Derby itself to the breakfasts and brunches associated with Original Makers Club and Garden & Gun magazine, parties and dinners, and the Sunday morning “hangover brunch,” it seems that the idea of just one outfit won’t cut it.
It goes without saying that I’ve been collecting Derby hats and outfit ideas for years. I haven’t missed a Derby since I was a teenager, and make it to the Chow Wagon (the local carnival food extravaganza on the waterfront) at least once a year to feed my lemon shake-up addiction. Its truly my favorite time of year, my Christmas, and inevitably, I find a few hours to pull my favorite toppers out of the basement and play dress up.
** hat from Dee’s, Banana Republic dress, J. Crew heels, earrings found on Etsy **