Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Derby Tips From Our Luxe Panel: Top 3 things you need to know about hats, dresses, and more!

Kentucky Derby by Trish Biddle

It's that time of year! Derby season is upon us and Derby is right around the corner. Derby dressing and planning can be overwhelming at times so we've polled our Luxe panel to tell us what they suggest for Derby day tips on how to keep you fabulous, dry, and ready for anything the day brings.



What is the most important thing you would suggest to someone attending Derby?

  • "Grab a Mighty Purse! My phone is always dying on Oaks and Derby and the mighty purse is small enough to carry around but also keeps my phone charged when I need it most!" -Katie Meinhart, manager of Apricot Lane Boutique 
  • "Take flip flops!" -Claire Heckenberg, co-owner of Peacock Boutique
  • "Derby is a time to go for bold fashion, however you should select an ensemble that you can wear with confidence. Whatever you choose for your Derby look have fun with it and enjoy this amazing day." -Justin Keibler, owner of BAZ and BEA Boutique 
  • "Wear shoes you can walk in all day." -Wendy Lytle, owner of Apricot Lane Boutique


Which is more important for you on Derby: comfort or style? 

  • "The ideal look should marry fashion and comfort equally into something that is appropriate and stylish. For an easy and wearable dress option choose a simple shift, and instead of a high heel try a wedge –they’re fashionable and more comfortable." -Justin Keibler, owner of BAZ and BEA Boutique 
  • "It's important to be stylish with a certain amount of comfort. If you are tugging your hem down or holding in your stomach all day, you won't enjoy the races or the mint julep in your hand." -Elizabeth Jenkins, owner of Boutique Serendipity 
  • "Style is key. Not everyone has the same interpretation of comfort." -Wendy Lytle, owner of Apricot Lane Boutique


What is the most important thing you would suggest to someone who is searching for a Derby hat?

  • "Right proportion for your height and weight." -Sheila Newton, owner of From the Vault
  • "Make sure you can manage your hat. It needs to be comfortable so you don't get a headache. Make sure you can hug/kiss your date. Big hats can get in the way!" -Claire Heckenberg, co-owner of Peacock Boutique
  • "Add your own flare. Add feathers, flowers even ponies. Get creative." -Sally Bird, owner of Sassy Fox 
  • "Remember you can always accessorize! Try to find a hat under $100 and then add a pop of color with a flower, feather or ribbon." -Katie Meinhart, manager of Apricot Lane Boutique 


What is the most important thing you would suggest to someone who is searching for a Derby dress?

  • "Keep fashion, colors you look good in, styles to enhance your figure and one that makes you feel special." -Wendy Lytle, owner of Apricot Lane Boutique
  • "Tried and true cuts such as an A-line sundress or an off-the-shoulder look are always in fashion. Floral patterns are timeless; pastel shades and gemstone colors will play up the budding spring flowers." -Justin Keibler, owner of BAZ and BEA Boutique 
  • "Make sure it does not wrinkle. It needs to look as good when you leave the track as when you arrived." -Claire Heckenberg, co-owner of Peacock Boutique 


What are the three most important things you should have in your clutch for Derby?

  • "Lipstick, sunglasses and plenty of CASH." -Sally Bird, owner of Sassy Fox
  • "Lipstick. Hand sanitizer. Sunglasses." -Sheila Newton, owner of From the Vault
  • "May in Louisville can produce unpredictable weather so tuck a compact disposable rain poncho in your clutch. If you carry a roomier bag you might even pack a pair of comfy flats for the end of the day. Come prepared for sartorial emergencies with spot cleaners or wipes – you may find you need to quickly address an unexpected stain." -Justin Keibler, owner of BAZ and BEA Boutique 


When you are wearing a hat (or a fascinator) how much is too much when choosing accessories? (i.e. jewelry)


  • "Depends on the dress neckline for a necklace but I LOVE stack-able bracelets...dress your wrists!" -Shannon Haste, director of marketing, Davis Jewelers 
  • "Stay away from earrings, but feel free to add a statement necklace and stack some fun bracelets!!" -Katie Meinhart, manager of Apricot Lane Boutique 
  • "Think about what you want people to notice - if you have a great print dress and fascinator in complementing color, let the jewelry fill in the background and not compete for front stage. If your jewelry is your showpiece, then don't compete with too many colors or pattern in your dress and hat." -Elizabeth Jenkins, owner of Boutique Serendipity 


When it comes to Derby fashion, what are your DOs and DON'Ts?


  • "DOs: Wear sunscreen. Carry flip-flops. Pay to park as close as you can! DONTs: Wear uncomfortable shoes. Drink too fast or too much; It's a long day! Lose your betting ticket." -Claire Heckenberg, co-owner of Peacock Boutique
  • "Don't wear something too tight or too short. Do wear something wrinkle proof." -Sheila Newton, owner of From the Vault
  • "Do not have everything matching. Use a splash of color where you can. Have fun with it." -Wendy Lytle, owner of Apricot Lane Boutique
  • "DO stay comfortable. DON'T forget a flat or sandals! DO splurge a little, it's a fabulous day and one you hopefully won't forget. DON'T forget a poncho! DO pace yourself with your alcohol." -Katie Meinhart, manager of Apricot Lane Boutique 




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