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
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Photos by Brittney LeBlanc