Dapper Dudes: Southern Gentlemen at the 2017 Kentucky Derby

His Derby Style

The Kentucky Derby provides a splendid excuse for men to get just as dressed up and decked out as the ladies! The modern Derby man possesses an unparalleled color palette. Sun-drenched, tropical colors in bold stripes or busy plaid and bright pastels steal the limelight. Although, if you want a more polished look, a classic navy or pinstripe blazer is always in style. But remember, gentlemen: The secret to looking great is confidence. Whatever you wear, wear it proud! – KentuckyDerby.com

Pass the Umbrella

Originally, this was going to be a Kentucky Derby hat roundup of my favorites from this year.  But let’s be honest, this was not a banner year for the ladies.

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Bless her heart, she left her Hunters at home.

It was rainy, it was chilly, it was muddy.  Not exactly fashionable weather, y’all.  There were more Hunters boots than cute hats, and really, who wants to see a round up of rainboots? Ok, me, but not when I was hoping for over-the-top toppers.

Fine Fellas

One thing that was in abundance for the 2017 Kentucky Derby was smartly dressed gentlemen!  In my experience, there are 2 types of men: one that drags his feet at dressing up for special occasions (my darling husband) and one that revels in planning a themed and coordinating outfit (my step-brother, Billy Ryan, bless him). The Kentucky Derby is THE perfect place for a man to strut his dapper stuff.  Bowties, plaid, polkadots, straw fedoras, printed socks, pastels, you name it.  The Derby is one of the few places a man can wear all of the above and be totally en vogue.

And let’s hear it for the boys, because you know most of these men don’t roll up to the grocery store decked out in seersucker.  It took some gumption to prance into public like this.

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year.  Enjoy!

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Got a fella with a strong sense of fun and fashion?  Show him off!!  Use the hashtag #fellafashionBH on Instagram and post your guy’s best look.

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Chardonnay, Charcuterie, & Shopping; Impressions Spring Fashion Show at Sassafrass Vineyard

*disclaimer:  I’m not getting paid a dime to talk about Impressions or their merchandise.  I just really like it, and you should too.*

Raise your hand if you like a midweek girls night out on a patio with tasty wine and yummy snacks.  Oh, and add a pop up boutique and fashion show.  You’re in, right?

Last Thursday, Impressions of Fayetteville, AR hosted their first fashion show of the season at Sassafrass Vineyard20170406_194359

With the promise of wine and baubles, the bestie and I put on our most convincing “we can still party on a work night” faces and prepared to shop under the influence.  Right when I walked in, I was immediately greeted by Pam4-10-2017 3-07-41 PM O’Connor, the owner of Impressions.  Y’all, they don’t come nicer than Pam.  She’s quick with hugs, positivity, and a gentle nudge in the direction of the closest bar.  Bless her.  Loaded down with a glass of Cabernet and an overflowing cheese board, we sat down to listen to Block St. Hot Club serenade us and enjoy the show.

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seriously talented musicians

 

The Show

I don’t know about you, but when I think “fashion show”, I think of the Project Runway type of setup.  Put a gal in an outfit, send her down a stage, the audience looks from a distance, and then all the models trot out at the end for a last glance.  Not this time; Impressions thought outside the box for their show.  All the guests were seated at four-top tables while the models walked around from table to table and talked up their outfits.

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these ladies enjoyed a night out

Genius!  We were able to touch the fabric, get a good view of the jewelry, and get honest opinions about whether shoes were actually pinching toes.  Getting an up-close look on how a dress moves really helps influence my purchases, but hearing a genuine endorsement from a model wearing the clothes sways me even more.

 

The Shop

Handily, a pop up boutique was nestled in the corner of the patio and offered all the items worn in the show.  I love a good pop up, and this one did not disappoint!  Lots of bags, tops, dresses, shoes, and trinkets to chose from and absolutely zero pressure to buy (which is a HUGE plus on Impressions’ side, if you ask me).  After two glasses of wine, I was feeling a little dangerous and had to keep my hands in my pockets or else I’d have walked away with all the things.

As it is, I’ve got to run by Impressions and pick up one of these darling bracelets.

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need it, love it, must be mine

You know I do love things that go shine, and the blue one calls to me every time I look at this pic.

There’s nothing like didn’t-buy-it remorse, am I right??  Through Impressions’ Facebook page, you can always do a run/ship on every.single.thing that was in their show and they’re constantly posting more items on their Instagram page too.  Here’s the link, but be warned: you’ll just end up wanting to buy it all. 

 

Don’t worry, there’s MORE

At the end of the night, we got more hugs from Pam and a promise of another show in May.  Yay!  After such a lovely night, put me down as a YES.  Hope to see you there!

xoxo,

Kat