LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This time of year it can almost be considered a sport: The search for the perfect Derby outfit. This year we're again asking for your help. What should we wear?
By voting, you could win a $1,000 gift card to go shopping yourself, at Rodes for Him for Her. You can cast your vote here.
Rodes has picked out two looks for my co-anchor Scott Reynolds and me. You'll make the final call on what we wear on-air Derby Day.
1. Look one
Shannon: Soft lilac and tulle dress by Julianna Bass, designer, and lilac hat with netting by Christine Moore, milliner
Scott: Suit with light blue shirt, purple tie and flower lapel pin, styled by Rhodes for Him for Her
Look number one is an elegant dress by emerging designer Julianna Bass. The owner of Rodes, Sue Vogt, discovered her on a recent trip to New York City.
The dress is off-the-shoulder with tulle that goes to the neck. There's also a ruffle.
"Ruffles, ruffles are everywhere," Vogt says about this year's fashion. "This is a simple ruffle, but it adds so much taste and elegance to it."
The length is a little longer, going below the knee and the color is pastel.
"This is the Italian Pantone color of the year, this beautiful soft lilac," Vogt said.
Christine Moore is the official milliner of Churchill Downs and created the hats for both looks.
The hat for this dress is in the same color palette and has some netting on the top.
"The French net is replacing the feather as a little bit of extra, a little bit of fuss. It's great because it's sexy and alluring," Moore said.
For Scott, Rodes matched his suit to the colors the dress with a light blue shirt and a tie with a pop of purple. In addition to the handkerchief, they also added a purple flower lapel pin.
"We're in the season for flowers and spring, kind of something fun to add on," Rodes owner Chris Burns said.
2. Look two
Shannon: Vibrant halter dress by Milly, designer, and colorful hand-sewn silk hat by Christine Moore, milliner
Scott: Suit with light green shirt with a contrasting orange tie and flower lapel pin, styled by Rhodes for Him for Her
The dress of look two is totally different. It's a halter dress by designer Milly, a brand that is new to Rodes.
"This is a party, party dress," Vogt said.
It's made out of a compact knit, which makes it very comfortable. And the colors are anything but pastel - they are vibrant.
"What's interesting about Milly is they dye their own colors - and they are only Milly colors," Vogt said.
As for the hat, it has just about every color in it, with hand cut pieces of silk sewn on the top.
"This is one of the hottest hats this season. So much going on. Like a party up here, and lively - it's what Derby is. It's a party - and you have one on your head now," Moore said.
Scott's shirt would be a light green contrasted with a bright orange tie and again a flower lapel pin.
So, please vote!
Do you like the soft elegance of Look one?
Or do you prefer the party attitude of Look two?
>> Vote here to be eligible to win a $1,000 gift card to Rodes for Him/for Her.
You'll find out the winning look on Derby Day!