I'm all about spring - the increasingly warmer weather, flowers in bloom, and horses in motion as they run down the Kentucky Derby Trail. What else does one lady really need? That is, besides the perfect spring outfit to wear to the races ... which I couldn't seem to find in my closet last week before the Santa Anita Derby.
I've been here before, and I'm sure you've been here, too. You try to convince yourself that you don't need buy anything new, and within the hour you are in a dressing room with five clothing options for the next day’s race day.
SURVEYING THE OPTIONS
Before I entered my beloved last minute go-to store, Forever21, I set some guidelines for myself to make sure that I didn’t take too much time searching and most importantly, overspend. So I gave myself 45 minutes and $50. If I couldn't find something in that time, then I go home and get creative in my closet.
HERE’S MY LAST MINUTE SPRING DERBY OUTFIT:
I fell in love with that green striped dress as soon as I saw it on the rack. It had a timeless design and the color was great for a day of April racing, not to mention it was only $27.80! I already had the headwear and shoes picked out at home, so I spent the rest of my allotted funds on the other accessories. The coral necklace and bracelets provided the right pop with the green dress. I saw the horse ring for $3.80 and just had to have it. My entire purchase came to $45.20.
At least I knew that I had a successful shopping excursion if I didn't win on the Santa Anita Derby!
CIARA AT SANTA ANITA WITH PETER ROTONDO JR.
I was comfortable in the ensemble all day at the races, which is an important when choosing track attire. However, on this occasion all credit goes the awesome TOM'S wedges that I wore. They were stylish but I was still able to walk around the park for hours!
It is possible to find something quick and on a budget before that big spring stakes race! What stores or websites you like to go to for your last-minute outfit and accessories? Share in the comments below!
Get The Look: Classic Striped Woven Dress, $28, Forever21.com; Aintree Fascinator, $42, houseoffraser.co.uk; Layered Faux Gemstone Necklace, $6.80, Forever21.com; Horse Ring, $3.80, Forever21 Stores; Casade Lacquered Bangle Set, $6.80, Forever21.com; TOM'S 'Sierra' Wedge Sandal, $69, Nordstrom.com