Friday, May 3, 2013

Frock Fridays: To The Races

This is going to be one of those fantasy Frock Fridays, dear readers.  I've got a full weekend - on Saturday, I'm hitting up a yard sale and the Mt Pleasant farmers' market in the morning with Charlie and his godmother, Little B, plus the Flower Mart at the Cathedral in the afternoon and then a mini-renunion over drinks with my choir girls from high school; Sunday will be for Mom and apartment things, followed by dinner at my new place with some friends - but I will be living in a sundress and sandals for 48 hours straight.  You see that sort of thing from me all the time, so I thought it might be fun to try something else!  And what better, at this time of year, than an outfit for the races?

Okay, so I've never actually been to a horserace.  Actually, I actively don't want to go to one - not for the racing, anyway.  The horror stories about how some of the horses get injured are bad enough from far away, thank you very much.  But I do hear fabulous things about the atmosphere at the races - basically, it's an excuse to drink in the sun while wearing a pretty dress and a hat, surrounded by boys in suits!  I can totally get behind that.  With Foxfield last weekend, the Kentucky Derby this weekend, and a whole summer of Ascot and Polo in the Park (which isn't racing, I know, but it's horses nonetheless and it still calls for frocks and frills) ahead of us on the other side of the pond, let's imagine some fashion to match!


to the races



Appropriate, don't you think?  Well, it might be, if we're going off the scenes in My Fair Lady and Pretty Woman...





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25 comments:

  1. I loved Foxfield when I was down at UVa. The people watching was as good as the race, if not better. It's like NASCAR for preppies! That, and the fashion was crazy. I don't think I've ever seen that many guys in pink oxford shirts in my life.

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  2. I love the cut of that lace dress! I've been looking for a dress for a wedding and that's the sort of cut I've been looking at (maybe a little longer though...so many dresses I try on are just too dang short). Cute!

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  3. Love Love Love the dress!! And that Pretty Woman clip. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  4. I was looking for the whole thing - I remember the scene being a lot long- but that's all I can find! it will do :) have a great weekend!

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  5. I don't know if Whistles ships internationally, but I have a few of their dresses and they're juuuuuust long enough! worth a try? (I'm nearrly 5'11") but I totally feel your pain :/

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  6. don't forget about all the seersucker! haha :)

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  7. thank you! we should bring them back into daily wear :)

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  8. That hat is FAR too tame for the Royal Ascot!! I am surprisingly taken by this new trend of lace, though... but not the shorts. This dress is lovely, although I'd take it in a mint or navy.

    And I'm with you on the races. The party side of it sounds like a blast, but after all the injuries over the years, Eight Belles did me in. I've not watched a race (on tv... I've never been in person!) since.

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  9. I'm going to check out their site and see. I'm 5'11" (and 3/4!) and on so many cocktail style dresses, the waist hits a little too high and the hemline wayyy too high. Not that I don't like my legs, but I don't want to look gangly!! Or be immodest hehe :) Not easy for us tall girls!

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  10. I'm sure you know this, but Banana has good talls! the MOST frustrating is when the length is fine but the waist is in the wrong place - HATE that. good luck :)

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  11. I'm drooling over that dress. DROOLING. And that scene in Pretty Woman has my heart.

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  12. I didn't realize before how similar it is to My Fair Lady! love them both :)

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  13. Lace dresses are always so pretty. I just love them! I don't think I'd want to go to a horse race either. I get sad just thinking about those poor horses!

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  14. Yes yes yes to Derby outfits! LOVE that dress! Such a fun roundup of horse race clips too :)
    xx, Emily
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  15. La Chapstick FanatiqueMay 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    this is beautiful! i loved dressing up and going to a derby party last year!



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  19. That outfit would have been perfect for both Oaks (pink out!) and Derby! Very elegant. Some believe the bigger the hat the better, but it makes for a long day when you can't turn your head, lol!

    Cute choices!!!

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  21. ooh what's Oaks? I need a lesson on horseracing in this country - I know nothing!

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  22. I was exactly like you about racing -- and still can't even watch movies where the horses are "hurt!" Anyway, Oaks is a big tradition in Louisville - it's the day before Derby and is a great way to experience Derby without the craziness. I'm new to L'ville and understand it used to be just locals but now is part of the weekend Derby experience. The pink is for cancer awareness and run for the Lillies (Derby is all about roses)! Here's a little more: http://www.popcosmo.com/page/2/

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  23. I have NO idea how she walks in that scene - or how she sits down - without splitting the dress!

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