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Dress- DKNY | heels- Kate Spade c/o Shopbop | bag- Chloe | headband- Ardene | pearl ring- Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop
I love any excuse to dress up, and for the past couple of years, the Canadian Derby has been a summer staple for me. The event may be in its 86th year now, but I'm still relatively new to the experience: I mean seriously — horse racing, great food and drinks, and people dressed to the nines; well, let's just say it's all still surreally glamorous to me. This year, I'll be attending the Derby wearing a different hat (so to speak) from previous years; I will be a judge in their Fashion Stakes Contest, taking my usual people-watching ways to a whole new level. And since I am going to be judging and all, I figured I may as well take this opportunity to talk Derby style with you today — whether you're going this Saturday or can just appreciate a killer dress-hat combo.
To my mind, Derby is all about ladylike dresses, fabulous shoes and, as you would probably expect, eye-catching hats. Some may be purists when it comes to this traditional dress code, but I'm nothing if not unconventional and always appreciate a good shakeup. Not a fan of hats? Try a fascinator! Don't think you can pull off anything too drastic? Throw on a feathered headband. There are so many options out there not to find something you feel comfortable with, all it takes is a little creativity and an open mind. And really, if you love what you're wearing you're going to look amazing no matter what — always remember that, ladies!
Now I'm no expert in mens fashion, but I do know what I like, and that's tailored sport coats or light summer suits, crisp white shirts and serious attention to detail, be that in shoe, necktie or pocket square form. Hats are also a big focus for men when it comes to Derby, but for me, it's those aforementioned accessories — often in unexpected colours or prints — that can make or break the outfit.
The Canadian Derby will take place at Northlands on Aug. 15, kicking off at 11 a.m. — if you live in Edmonton, come say hi! xx
This post was sponsored by Northlands; all opinions shared here are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog. 
Photos by Brittney LeBlanc


  1. Beautiful dress! Perfect for derby day!

  2. Cute dress :)
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  3. this dress is soooooo pretty! looks fantastic on you!

  4. Such a pretty outfit, I love the dress!