The Style of the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is where you’ll find some of the fastest horses and the most eccentric looks. Every girl, from all parts of the world, channels their inner “Southern Belle” for the races. The Derby is a time where attendees are expected to dress in the most creative fashion and are encouraged to include accents showing their individuality.

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Jason and Michelle Witten

The Louisville event, which is known for it’s preppy, pastel-filled fashion, was also abundant in floral patterns amongst the Derby’s attendees.

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Aisha Tyler and Emily Bett Rickards
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Stephen Amell and Cassandra Jean

And the women weren’t the only ones displaying their “flower power” this year.

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Amy Whitham and JD Shelburne
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Don Ward
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Monte Durham
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Stacey Robinson and Monte Durham

And don’t forget, in the Churchill Downs Infield the hats are the most extravagant; featuring flowers, feathers, bows and ribbons of the brightest and deepest colors. According to Courtney Stinson, a PR Manager for the Kentucky Derby Museum, “We don’t have a lot of documented history on the hats, but speculation has it that when the derby was first brought here, they wanted it to be a social affair.”

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Laila Ali
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Allison Williams
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Star Jones

In 1875, hats were regarded as an essential everyday accessory for women who could afford them. At special events, such as the horse races, women wore elaborate hats to display their social status.

Last but not least, roses are another common design feature in some of the attendees’ attire as the Kentucky Derby is referred to as the “Run for the Roses.” The horse who has been declared the winner of the Derby is also given a blanket made of more than five hundred blossomed roses.

Who’s ready to head to Kentucky next year?

Xx Nikki

 

Ritz-ify the Romper

If rompers aren’t taking up a decent amount of space in your spring/summer wardrobe, you need to reevaluate your closet.

Rompers are a go-to for every causal or even semi-formal event. They’re easy to wear, simple to style and usually comfortable.

Kendall & Kylie’s clothing line at Pacsun features several summer ready styles.

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The Embroidered Ruffle Romper is a fun and flirty piece of the Spring season. It’s strapless, lined and features a ruffled hem. The details include a v-neckline, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a hidden zipper back. The fit is ideal as it appears tight and fitting, yet feels comfortable and light. The 100% cotton material is also machine washable so don’t stress about dropping food on the beautiful blue and white fabric.

Express is the place to go to seek out a romper for more formal occasions.

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The romper is available in sharp black and a deep blue. The color tone of the colors allow for all-season wear. The black can be worn with white pumps and a white statement necklace to summer-fy the look; and the blue can we worn with metallic strappy heels to make the bright hues really pop.

Kendall & Kylie’s Floral Lace Hem Romper is available at Pacsun in two colors: blue and pink.

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Also a fun and flirty piece of the Spring season, the sleeveless romper features adjustable spaghetti straps, a scoop neckline and an all over floral print. The embroidered lace detailing at the hem gives the romper a classy, yet formal look. The cinched elasticized waist does not take away from the flowy fit as the lightweight fabric is 100% cotton. Again, don’t stress about dropping food on your lace-hemmed love – it’s also machine washable 😉

So what are you waiting for? Rock a romper this weekend!

Spring for Summer’s Classic Short Styles

The four pairs of shorts every fashion girl will need this season: embroidered, destroyed, lace and floral. Whether they’re flared, fitted or slouch, it’s not their style that matters, but how they’re embellished.

Gigi Hadid has no shame in her embroidered obsession as the supermodel has been spotted wearing embroidered clothing quite often over the past year. Embroidery adds a little something extra to the denim you already love and allows you to customize your otherwise classic denim style.

For a simple embroidered look, try Express Embroidered Graphic Cutoff Shorts or Lulu’s Rustic Charm Medium Wash Embroidered Denim Shorts – I just ordered them 😉

Many may say the destroyed denim look is a thing of the past but fashion editors and stylists like Zanna Rossi, Brad Goreski and Rachel Zoe would have to disagree; as long as you style the look properly.


Whether you’re gearing up for Spring or heading somewhere tropical, lace is a perfect way to fancy-up a casual look. These Hint of Summer Shorts from Tobi are currently sold out, but the Casanova Endless Rose Short in Nude Pink is still available on Revolve ( and on sale 😉 )


Tinsel’s Crocheted Accented Cut-Off Shorts are currently sold out at Lord & Taylor; however, for a simple crocheted denim short, try Target’s Crochet Raw Hem Medium Wash and Lace Light Wash.


Floral is something that has stayed throughout the Winter pretty much so it will definitely appear in more on the runways this Spring! Floral shorts are the solution to adding some personality to your simple looks. Kendall & Kylie have tons of floral in their new Spring collection for Pacsun.


And let’s not forget the post-Memorial Day go-to: white denim.


Best stores to find these shorts:

  1. Express
  2. Forever 21
  3. Asos
  4. Nasty Gal
  5. Pacsun
  6. Net-a-Porter
  7. Target

P.S. Work the system a little bit – If you see a pair of shorts you love and are indecisive to buy, check out the store’s return policy and if it’s reasonable, buy it! Your favorite shorts, or any clothing items, will sell out fast, so if you can return merchandise later on… play it safe and buy now, decide later.