Derby season is officially upon us! With 20 days til the first Saturday in May, here is my number one tip on what to get ready NOW.
People always ask me if I have my hat and dress yet - I stress them out when I usually say, "Oh they are ordered on Rent the Runway!" I know not everyone can handle the not-knowing if they actually like a dress or it fits, but at this point I usually know how things fit. AND - I have a couple of clutch back up dresses that I rotate in as needed.
My number one thing that I am prepping now? My feet. Cute shoes can be a bitch, am I right? Now is when I start trying out my shoes to see what pair will be the winner. I need style, but mostly I need comfort and they have to be wearable for long days standing and plenty of walking!
So many people tell me, "Yeah, but I have a box/table/suite - I won't be standing much." Lol. Girl. Get your life together. In case you missed the huge marketing effort by my beloved Churchill Downs, parking has CHANGED this year. I know, I know - you've got a guy and you always park at this house in the neighborhood. Great - then you know you have to walk. DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE how much strain you will put on your feet if your shoes suck and you have to make a 15 minute walk just to get to Churchill! And don't even get me started on if it rains.. There is a reason the bathroom attendants starting selling flip flops in the ladies room a few years ago!
But you've got that killer dress and want to show off your gams in your hot stilettos? NO ONE IS LOOKING AT YOUR FEET. There are so many beautiful dresses and show stopping hats, unless you have some sort of fetish - the feet are the last thing people notice. I'm not advocating for wearing your house slippers - just something that you can ACTUALLY wear all day.
Here's what I do: I start wearing my contenders for shoe choice to work. If your first choice isn't work-appropriate, wear it around your house while you cook dinner, vacuum, chase your kid/dog. It seems ridiculous, but if you can't do those things in your shoes you will hate your life and regret all your choices if you wear them to the track. Even if you have a pair that you love and have worn to events, I suggest you still "train" your feet in them. We've had a cold winter, you may have forgotten how the first time you wear said cute comfy shoe it rubs your toe. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE train your feet!
Here are my top picks and proven winners:
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