On Oaks Day!
The weather may not have exactly cooperated for the Longines Kentucky Oaks Day but we made it work.
Oaks Day is all about the Fillies and the Lillies. Translation: The ladies and the pink cocktails! Lots of ladies were adorned in all different shades of pink holding their pink lily cocktails. The pink is in support of the strong women battling breast cancer and to the ones that won. Also the pink is worn in remembrance to the ones we have lost to the horrific disease.
The ponies wear pink, the riders wear pink, and even the jockeys wore some crazy pink pants for the main race (did you not see our Instastories??)
I started early looking for a gorgeous pink dress and I found the one I wanted a month or so out. Although I was a bit scared to pull the trigger, the closer we got to the event, the easier it was to press CHECKOUT.
I came across the Rebecca Taylor brand at the end of last year. Two things I loved about it: the effortless femininity of the designs, and the fact that the designer is a native New Zealander. I spent 3 months on the North Island working on a breeding farm and fell in love with the styles of the ‘Kiwis.’
I only had one day off a week and I would drive an hour to Auckland (their big city) and shop in all the boutiques on the street. Well window shop as my farm job kept me on a beer budget 😉
When my pink floral dress dress came in the mail, I opened the box, pulled it out of its safehaven in plastic, and was delighted to find the detailing that the pictures didn’t do it justice. From the fabric to the woven band on the skirt, this was a piece I knew I would cherish for a long long time. A cherry on top was that it fit like a glove! (and also gave me room for plenty of food and drink on the day).
Karen has designed my Oaks hat for the last 3 years. Her impeccable designs are a go-to for my racing events and I can always count on her pieces to be effortlessly worn all day long.
This years hat was no different. A checkered braided straw piece in red and white (which actually gave it a pink hue) adorned with an ivory bow fastened to my head via an elastic band (my favorite by the way). The piece was light and stayed comfortable for the entire day. The design was the perfect ‘pop’ against my feminine dress.
Check out Karen Morris’s designs here.
I wish I could repeat this outfit again and again. Luckily I will continue to adorn myself with Karen’s pieces and have already picked out a Rebecca Taylor dress for the upcoming Belmont Stakes….stay tuned!!
Click below to shop. I’ve also added some other products similar to what I wore from the same brands.