We’ve hit the middle of April, which means Derby season is in full swing here in Louisville. Multiple events and parties daily, picking up steam as we get closer to the first Saturday in May. Things started off on a fashionable note at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show presented by Macy’s. I was very excited to see all the fashion, but more importantly, to see they included plus size models on the runway!

Nicole of What Nicole Wore had to listen to me gasp every time a plus model would come out. I wasn’t ready!

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No scrambling for outfits this year: I have everything ready for events through the season, thanks to Macy’s. They gifted the outfit in this post, had me as a guest at the Kentucky Derby Festival Spring Fashion Show presented by Macy’s, and I’ll be in-store at Macy’s Oxmoor Center for an event on April 20th – details at the end of this post.

I have a total of 3 Derby-ready plus size looks I’m going to share in the coming days. When selecting the outfits, I went for variety ranging from sweet and romantic (this one) to neutral and modern. Pumped to share all of them with you.

A plus size Kentucky Oaks or Derby outfit idea from Louisville blogger Authentically Emmie

Kentucky Oaks Floral Outfit Idea

I selected this first outfit that would work for Derby, but also the Kentucky Oaks where pink is the color of the day. In the past, I’ve gone a little bolder with the pink. Trying something new this year with this blush Calvin Klein dress covered in peonies (my favorite.)

Sizing notes for this dress: I’m wearing a size 22, where I’m normally a 24 or 26. This is a stretch scuba material and fits well. For reference, I’m 5’10.

A plus size Kentucky Oaks or Derby outfit idea from Louisville blogger Authentically Emmie
Kentucky Oaks Outfit Idea

Shopping for shoes in-store is usually a challenge for my 11 wide feet, but not at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. They had a very large selection of options in 11, and even some wide widths. I don’t generally do high heels, and especially not for Oaks or Derby where you’ll be on your feet a very long time. These white Alfani Step ‘N Flex slingback pumps are extremely comfortable, come in a variety of colors, and the medium width fits well, even with my wide feet.

A plus size Kentucky Oaks or Derby outfit idea from Louisville blogger Authentically Emmie
Kentucky Oaks Plus Size Outfit Idea

As far as hats go, I generally stick to fascinators because I have a large head! But the stylist I worked with at Macy’s (did you know they had stylists you can make an appointment with? I didn’t!) pulled this blush hat to try and I was pleasantly surprised that it fit on my head. I liked that it’s a traditional hat option paired with the traditional, feminine dress. Though I had zero idea how hard it would be to take photos in a massive hat! The wide brim really does provide a lot of coverage. This particular hat isn’t available online, but Macy’s at Oxmoor has a ton of options in-store, including this one.

A plus size Kentucky Oaks or Derby outfit idea from Louisville blogger Authentically Emmie

Sticking with the theme of traditional, feminine style, accessorized with a southern staple: a faux pearl bracelet. This one is really old and I can’t even remember where I got it, but there’s a similar one at Macy’s here. The Kendra Scott pendant (old, similar here) and ELOQUII earrings completed the look.

Come Shop with Me at Macy’s!

If you’re in the Louisville area, I’d love to see you on April 20th from 1-3pm at Macy’s Oxmoor Center. There is a store-wide Get Ready for Race Day event and I’ll be there with 3 other fantastic bloggers around the store. There will be DJs, a bluegrass band, nail art, Steel City Pops, giveaways, kids activities, and of course, great shopping. Get all the details here.

Photos by Nicole of What Nicole Wore

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