Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Faves: Keeneland Fashion

Hey there race fans! If you have been following me at all on twitter over the past few weeks you will know that I have been counting down the days until Keeneland's Spring Meet Opening Day.

For those of y'all not from Kentucky, Keeneland is a beautiful horse racing track in Lexington. The races only happen two months out of the year, but they are jam packed full of preppy fashion and tailgating fun.

In Kentucky we are known for two things, fast horses and bourbon and trust me I will be enjoying both of them tomorrow.

One of my favorite things about Keeneland is the fashion. They boys rock sport coats and bowties while the girls go all out in bright dresses. The typical over-the-top Derby hat isn't generally seen at Keeneland, a more conservative venue, but women still don fun fascinators and simple headwear.

I can't wait to show y'all what I'll be wearing, but for my Friday Faves I'll show y'all some great Keeneland looks that are helping me get inspired.

fascinators and spring dresses

Hat: Nordstrom, Dress: Lilly Pulitzer via Bloomingdales, Clutch: Guess via Dillards, Shoes: Target

Bright colors are a must for Keeneland. They men will be in their pink pants and seersucker suits, so as a woman, you clearly have to show them up. A bright green shift is perfect on trend and the sleeves will keep you warm if it gets a bit chilly.

The cloche is perfect for Keeneland because it is understated. No one is going to be there with a giant wide-brimmed hat that would knock someone blind if you make any sudden movements. A dainty cloche with a bright bow is perfectly modern and agreeable for a day at the track in Lexington. 

fascinators and spring dresses

Fascinator: Nordstrom, Dress: ModCloth, Blazer: Dorothy Perkins, Bag: Wallis, Shoes: Target

Because everyone will be dressing for spring, florals are always a good bet, especially in all the bright colors that are everywhere right now. Also, this little straw fascinator is perfect! I am pretty sure I am going to buy it now, it is only $38!

A little jacket is always a good idea to protect your shoulders from getting fried and/ or keep your arms warm in the wind tunnel. For those of you who have not been to Keeneland, if it is a windy day, the covered portion near all the betting booths can turn into a wind tunnel. This is why I stay in the sunny paddock and drink my Bloody Mary's. :)

A cross body bag in a neutral is a great idea because it keeps your hands free for drinks. Also, you will notice I have included wedges in each of these looks. Heels are a great idea because they keep you tall enough to view the horses in the crowd, but only a tailgating rookie would wear anything but wedges. Your heels will get ruined and sink in the grass and it will be miserable. Trust me, wear wedges.
fascinators and spring dresses

Fascinator: Nordstrom, Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Clutch: DSW, Shoes: Charlotte Russe

The third and final look features a gorgeous dress from the classic Lilly Pulitzer. You will see more Lilly at Keeneland than in Palm Beach, so choosing one of her iconic prints could never steer you wrong. Pair it with some rope wedges and a fun fascinator and you will definitely stand out in the crowd, in a good way.

For everyone who has the chance to go to the races this April I hope y'all have a blast! (Maybe I'll see ya there!) For those that aren't, use this as inspiration for a wedding or shower you have to go to.

Love Always
Kelly Vaughan

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Kelly Vaughan