4 #Winning Derby-Inspired Looks for Every Style
With the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes fast approaching, you may be at a complete loss at what to wear. Same, girl, SAME. It’s not every day you get invited to Churchill Downs (or a Derby-inspired bash) after all. We’re decoding exactly what to wear — from the fancy headwear to your pastel-hued frock and Derby-approved steppers — for the season’s preppiest fashion extravaganza. Scroll through for four Triple Crown-worthy #OOTDs that will have you winning at the races, whether your horse comes in first or not.
Say “yes” to the Derby dress. Because you’ll want all eyes on the dress, switch out the OTT hats and fascinators for a Blair Waldorf-approved silk headband and classic Swarovski crystal daisy studs. We’re loving this updated woven rattan satchel that’s just roomy enough to tote the essentials. Get around-the-clock comfort with a pair of M.Gemi’s sensible metallic gold low-heeled sandals that won’t sink into the grass. Steer clear of a wardrobe malfunction with the help of Dress Downs, adhesive garment weights designed to keep your skirt down and head high when the wind blows.
Clockwise from top left: Frances Valentine Elizabeth Cole Bower Daisy Earrings in White ($68), Eugenia Kim Brianna ($175), Kate Spade New York Bloom Street Sam Rattan Satchel ($398), Dress Downs Garment Weight ($12), M. Gemi The Allegra ($228), Gal Meets Glam Collection Lillian ($198)
Embrace color in a major way, starting with some rainbow stripe trousers and coordinating lilac geometric block heels. For accessories, allow this charming jeweled clutch to add sparkle to your look alongside a pair of beaded tassel earrings. Proceed to keep cool in hot and sticky conditions this summer with a flouncy one-shoulder top and a wide-brim tassel-adorned wicker hat that’ll be non-negotiable when soaking up rays from the stands.
Clockwise from top left: Ganni Wilkie Ruffled Striped Silk Cotton-Blend Seersucker Top ($315), BaubleBar Granita Beaded Tassel Earrings ($38), Scotch & Soda Wide Brim Wicker Hat ($115), Ann Howell Bullard Jeweled Clutch ($250), Katy Perry Collections The Margot ($100), Topshop Rainbow Slouch Trousers ($75)
Test-Drive a Jumpsuit
Boho babes, rejoice! With the right add-ons, even the most Colorado Desert-bound jumpsuit can look at home on the racetrack. Offset this Rebecca Minkoff striped stunner with eye-catching accessories — like this square-shaped cautionary orange crossbody bag and a pair of J.Crew’s signature Ratti Rio floral sandals. Simple brass moon dancer earrings will go a long way, especially when teamed with a spectator-worthy Panama hat. Last, but not least, allow this ceaselessly chic hooded khaki trench from the Hunter x Target collab to keep you dry should you get caught in a spontaneous downpour.
Clockwise from top left: Modern Weaving Tiny Moon Dancer Earrings ($120), Hunter x Target Hooded Trench Coat in Khaki ($45), Sensi Studio Frayed Woven Straw Boater Hat With Adjustable Band ($195), Rebecca Minkoff Marley Jumpsuit ($228), Henri Bendel West 57th Square Crossbody ($198), J.Crew Wrap-Around Heels in Ratti Rio Floral ($248)
Whether you’re observing from the sidelines or sipping rosé at the after-after party, this #girlboss-infused millennial pink suit is game for it all. Keep the pretty ‘n’ pink theme going with a pair of extra AF crystal embellished sunnies and one of Kayu’s hand-painted woven straw clutches. Embrace your inner Hollywood starlet with a French Riviera-inspired boater hat and classy scallop-trimmed block heel sandals. To ensure that you’re selfie-ready, top off your look with a true red lipstick. C’est si facile!
Clockwise from top left: Scotch & Soda Double Breasted Herringbone Blazer ($225), Kitsch Ribbon Straw Boater Hat ($26), Alice + Olivia Madison Floral Sunglasses ($525), Scotch & Soda Tailored Herringbone Pants ($148), Loeffler Randall EMI Block Heel Sandal ($325), KAYU Florence Clutch ($225), Troi Ollivierre Lipstick ($28)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)