Share with your friends!

There’s nothing better than looking good and feeling great in a beautiful dress — it’s the one piece of clothing that makes you look polished and put together without a lot of effort. With that in mind, this month’s “What to Wear” is all about dresses. Whether you like sundresses or maxis, florals or tassels, we found eight beautiful dresses from local retailers, each modeled by Charlottean and local business owner Nesha Pai, that are perfect for warmer weather, two of our favorite annual events and Memorial Day weekend.

The Event: Derby Days

  • May 6, 2017
  • Tickets start at $40
  • Learn more and purchase tickets at mintmuseum.org.

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby like you’re in Louisville at the 27th annual Derby Days, presented by the Young Affiliates of the Mint. The day includes lawn games, plenty of mint juleps, a 50/50 raffle and, of course, a screening of the greatest two minutes in sports. Tickets are $40 for members and $55 for non-members.

What to wear: Think sundresses in bright colors or floral prints. And if you really want to want to go all out like you’re at Derby, add a big, bold hat! Also, while cute heels may look good, we suggest wearing either flats or wedges to stay comfortable while you enjoy the lawn games.

Look #1:

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Yumi Kim dress, $215

Travling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Coral bracelet, $28

Look #2:

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Yumi Kim maxi, $288

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Drop earrings, $54

Look #3: 

Julie's Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Julie’s Boutique: Off-the-shoulder dress, $34.99; gold-rimmed sun hat, $29.99

The Event: Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

  • May 13, 2017
  • Tickets start at $39
  • Learn more and purchase tickets at beerandbourbon.com.

As one of Charlotte’s most popular spring events, the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival always delivers a day full of fun, tasty food and cold libations.

What to wear: You’ll be walking from one tent to another sampling beer and bourbon all day, so you’ll want to be comfortable! We suggest a comfortable pair of shoes and a casual dress. Make sure you check the weather, too, because it has been chilly in the past. Here are some options no matter what the weather!

Look #1:

Julie's Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Julie’s Boutique: Red embroidered tie-waist dress, $34.99

We’re all about the details with this dress!

Look #2:

Doll A Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Doll A Boutique: Judith March fringe dress, $108

Doll A Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Doll A Boutique: O’Neill clutch, $38; Twine & Twig Tulum stack bracelet (top), $35; Twine & Twig Cowrie Tribal stack bracelet (bottom), $30

Look #3:

Doll A Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Doll A Boutique: Kombi Folk maxi dress, $219

Memorial Day Weekend

What to wear: Whether you’re traveling, spending the weekend at the lake or staying in town and cooking out, it’s time to break out your summer gear. We’re digging tassels, rompers and colorful accessories — the brighter, the better! Oh, and of course we’re always big fans of a good sundress.

Look #1:

Julie's Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Julie’s Boutique: Sundress, $49.99; necklace, $29.99; beaded clutch, $34.99

Look #2:

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Judith March Kimono, $106; navy dress, $97; gold Cofi bag, $149; Diff sunglasses, $85

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

More of those sleeve details we love — plus tassels!

Traveling Chic Boutique|styleblueprint.com

From Traveling Chic Boutique: Mantra bands, $49 each

Thank you Nesha Pai for modeling and Alyson Willis from Alyson Willis Photography for the beautiful photos!

**********

Check out our “Fashion & Shopping” articles for more of the stylish looks that Charlotte’s boutiques have to offer!

Make sure you are subscribed for StyleBlueprint emails for exclusive offers, exclusive content and the best “me moment” of your day!

Share with your friends!