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Off To The Races- Derby Fashion- Style Challenge

Even though the Kentucky Derby and Oaks Day has passed, we can certainly continue to draw inspiration from the 'derby fashion' and styles seen over the eventful equestrian weekend. Deriving from a century old event that draws gamblers, business men, wives and girlfriends and mistresses, royalty, celebrities and more, derby fashion has not strayed from its originating styles. Wide brim over the top hats paired with garden party cocktail dresses and pearls.  Tradition is the standing element of this annual pastime. 
Infamous for attracting inclement weather, it is an absolute wonder how some of these women can remain in tact at the end of the race, hence the necessity of fashionable wellies. The differences in fashion from the sectioned seating and varying status between the seat levels is intriguing to say the least. That is why I chose to show a traditional Kentucky Derby outfit as well as a take on the budget ticket holder's fashion with a modern flair.
The day began with a brunch at Santa Monica's Ivy on the Shore and moved to the Betfair Hollywood Park racetrack on the day of the legendary Belmont Stakes held annually in New York. 
*Check out some of the other amazing looks my fab blogger buddies put together for their derby fashion: Fashion AddictLaural Lily

Arrival toast for brunch at the Ivy on the Shore- Black Halo 'Jackie O' Dress and August Accessories Hat

Black Halo- 'Jackie O' Dress, Michael Kors Runway Watch

Hat by August Accessories
Brunch at the Ivy on the Shore

Pleated Dress by BCBG MAXAZRIA
My modern take on Derby Fashion- Maxi Dress by William B. and Friends

'Americana Cloche' by August Hats

'Americana Cloche' by August Hats, Tote by H&M, Maxi Dress by Willam B and Friends

Races at the BetFair Hollywood Park in California

Strappy Bootie Sandals by Qupid
Detailing on the fences at the Betfair Hollywood Park.