The West 18th Street Fashion Show

“big hats and race tracks, double down or pony up. runaway with a photo finish, fashion takes the cup.” –

The West 18th Street Fashion Show is an annual event held outdoors on 18th Street between Baltimore and Wyandotte. Every year, 18 designers are chosen to be featured in the West 18th Street Fashion Show. The 2012 show is just around the corner! June 9th at 8pm! This year’s theme is Triple Crown Summer.

Now, when deciding what to wear to the fashion show, I am sure you’ve thought, what does one wear to the Derby AND how can I incorporate this Summer’s trends into my look? It’s all about vintage-inspired shapes, bright patterns, and hats! To the Derby, women generally wear dresses with high necklines, with polka dots or floral prints, and traditionally fuller skirts that are knee-length; compared to tight, short, “party skirts.” BUT how do you incorporate those Summer pastels and neons you’re trying to break into your wardrobe? Easy!

You can wear more modern shaped dresses and accessories with a vintage twist, for example: A maxi-dress with a vintage floral pattern, and some antique jewels. Another option is to wear a full skirt in a neon or pastel with a sheer top! Strappy sandals and bright heels are always nice, but this is definitely prime-time to wear your new wedges that are calling your name!

Most importantly…the hat! Hats are a huge part of traditional derby wear, and you should definitely bring those hat boxes out of the closet! Hats are used to tie the whole outfit together and can be embellished with pins, flowers, and feathers!

I will be wearing a floor length floral, sheer, black dress, with a low-cut vintage-inspired neckline, wedges, and a red “padre” hat decorated with vintage pins, flowers, and a large plume! The dress was $27 from Forever 21, the wedges were the “Ecote Strap Wedge” $60 from Urban Outfitters, and the hat was $40 from Urban Outfitters.

I am so excited for the show, it will be great. See you there!

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