I’ve been invited to attend the Kentucky Derby this year.
The Derby is the first weekend in May.
The friends who invited me have planned a “first class all the way” experience.
I think they’re excited to show off their home state, and the Derby itself, in the best possible light.
“You’re coming all the way from California after all!” they say as they update me on the (elaborate!) plans they’ve made.
For me, a bohemian California beach girl, the experience will be very special.
It’s an entirely different world than I’ve ever experienced.
I’ve already learned SO much.
I knew the Derby was all about the women’s hats,
THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS REALLY ALL ABOUT THE WOMEN’S HATS!
(Just google or pinterest Kentucky Derby Hats to see what I mean!)
Last weekend, my daughter and I drove down to San Diego County to meet with a “famous” hat designer.
Yes, I know I rarely wear anything but old, beat-up, yoga pants and tank tops.
I’m stepping way out of my comfort zone here.
I’ve never met with an apparel designer of any kind before.
By the end of a long day …
My daughter and I both had selected our Derby hats.
The hats are being made and should be shipped to us in a couple weeks.
They will have to be shipped back to Kentucky prior to the Derby –
And then, shipped back to us in California after the Derby.
(There’s no easy way to travel across the country with giant hat boxes.)
I will not show any photos of my hat until I “reveal” it at the Derby.
But, I will tell you it’s big, and it’s purple … or “orchid” as the designer calls it.
My daughter’s hat (which is her birthday present this year) is a beautiful, classy mix of creams and whites.
Her hat is absolutely gorgeous.
I’m in love with my daughter’s Derby hat.
(Yes, I wanted my daughter’s hat for myself but it looks so much better on her … with her face shape and coloring.)
I’m relieved to have the “huge” decision about a Derby hat behind me.
Now, I need to find a dress/pair of shoes/handbag to go with the hat.
I don’t ever wear dresses so I’m expecting the search to be difficult.
I don’t even know how, or where, to start.
I know “fancy” sundresses … “church” dresses or “Easter” dresses are the norm for the Derby.
(Also very high heels … ouch!)
What colored dress would look good with a purple hat?
And how does a mom-age person pull this all off stylishly?
Most sundresses are designed for twenty year olds.