Monday, May 10, 2010

My Old Kentucky Home...

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, I am a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby and all that goes along with it. The tulips that bloom at Churchill Downs, the moment the Twin Spires come in to view, the sound of the call to the post, cheering on horses, drinking mint juleps and of course, wearing hats.

The sad thing is, the Kentucky Derby is an epic fail for most women in the hat arena. It sits too far back on their heads. They leave their bangs down (who thinks this is okay? really?). So many things and it always blows my mind. Here are a few I scoped out this year:

Three generations of bad hat wearing.

Derby is big on the celeb scene and for this one weekend in May they descend upon our city in groups. Some are better dressed than others:

Sigh. Seriously, Pete Wentz? This is not the legend of Bagger Vance. It's the Kentucky Derby. Terrible.

This was last year. And I appreciate Bethany trying to bring some NYC fashion to the Derby. But this just flat out doesn't work. She looked awful. And why are you walking the red carpet with a sucker?

Don't dress like your mom. Ever. It's not cute when you're 5...and it's certainly not cute when you are 29. And I hate black and white at the Derby. It's a spring race - wear some color. Have an imagination.

I don't think this woman is anyone special. But I had to throw her in. Pink, black and white Chanel-esque suite. Red hat, red purse? FAIL.

TO and friends. He looks dapper. I like it. And I love the ladie's dresses and their attempt with the hats. But again, with the bangs on the right. It's a crime.

I was probably most excited about Marissa Miller coming this year, because she is flat out gorgeous. And she looked good. Kind of Little Bo Peep-ish...but good nonetheless.

Here are some photos of people around the track that I felt got it right:

And yes, I did just say I don't like black and white for the Derby. But this woman got it right - so classy.

Great looking couple. Love her hat. She needed something big to take the attention away from, yeah.

Love it.

And here are some pics of MY past Derby experiences:




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