Growing up in central Kentucky if there's one thing you know about it's horse racing. When I was a tiny kid I would carry around my toy horses and line them up and make them race around our coffee table. Thoroughbred race horses have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember, whether it was from family working with them or watching them on TV like I will be doing Saturday when the 140th Kentucky Derby will be aired. I never go to Churchill Downs to watch it in person, I'm definitely not the type that wants to sit around for hours and hours surrounded by drunk and obnoxious people even if it is to watch the horses run. At least at home you have a comfier seat, better snacks, and there won't be any drunk or obnoxious people, especially at my horse there's not even a chance that people of that sort will show up. Or at least hopefully not, since I do live on a race horse farm this time of year brings a lot of tourists that often loiter nearby because of this areas history of having so many legendary horses and Derby winners.
When I was young the day before the Derby was always special, it's called Derby Eve and all the big horse farms and Kentucky socialites would have massive themed parties all night long that would be aired on the local TV stations so the viewer's could see which celebrities were showing up to watch the Derby the next day and mostly to see the extravagant fashion that everyone would be wearing. Most people know about the spectacular hats worn at the Derby but few ever stayed up all night to watch the themed parties. I remember one of my favorite ones having an underwater theme with massive ice sculptures of seahorses and Neptune and women dressed as fancy mermaids in evening gowns.
Unfortunately these parties have died down over time and become a thing of the past, although a few of the major Kentucky socialites still throw an annual Derby Eve bash it isn't covered on TV like it used to be nor is it a special classy event as it was in the past. Due to such a predominance of alcohol in Kentucky and the state being so well known for the types of alcohol it produces people are more focused on that instead of the real history that should be celebrated which is our Thoroughbred race horse industry. Many probably don't even know that the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep, can also be made without alcohol. Unlike most of my fellow Kentuckians I am proud to say I have never drank a glass of alcohol in my lifetime, I am living proof that you can respect your areas history and achievements but not be swayed by society to blindly follow every tradition that is set forth.
Although I will be spending my Saturday Derby Day in my pajamas studying for 2 final exams while I watch the races all day that lead up to the Derby and then the Derby itself it doesn't mean you have to! These fashion sets were inspired by the spirit of the Derby, the blanket of red roses the winner will receive, and the mint juleps (non alcoholic versions of course!).
Sometimes it rains on derby day and you definitely don't want to be stuck without an umbrella. Although women in this area carried parasols in the old days this floral umbrella is better suited for the task and just as feminine. For equestrian style boots like the ones in this set I recommend you skip the ones you see at your favorite shops in the mall and get some made by a real equestrian company such as Ariat, they will be made of better quality materials and Ariat's will literally last for years even with continued wear.
We all had jelly sandals when we were kids, I was surprised to see how much of a comeback they are making especially in this grown up jelly very of strappy high heels At least the modern version look like they have better insoles so that you won't have flashbacks of how sticky your jelly sandals made your feet feel as a kid. This maxi dress would be great with a drapey cardigan or even a button up sweater.
I love pastel colors and mint is my favorite of the group. This dress is perfect and the cut reminds me of a Greek Goddess. I remember watching a Greek themed Derby party years ago but the dresses weren't as fitting for the Derby as this one.
I love how this dress offers great coverage of the chest area, pair it with a white fringed cardigan and a fancy hat and you can feel like Derby royalty.