I don't know if you got the chance to see all the fabulous and fabuloony outfits the ladies were wearing at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but for me, there was one major standout: The late model Anna Nicole Smith's daughter Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead's Mary Poppins costume won the Derby.
She wore a white dress with red ribbons just like Julie Andrews' character in the Disney film -- complete with matching parasol. And daddy Larry Birkhead wore a matching striped costume as Bert. Larry says the costumes were Dannielynn's own idea, too. He tweeted a photo of the Mary Poppins dolls that inspired their Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious costumes.
Aww! I love that this costume was Dannielynn's idea -- and that her dad went through so much trouble to realize them. It's just so sweet whenever you see parents enter the imaginary worlds of their kids.
And isn't it refreshing to see a child-appropriate outfit like this? It's kind of sad that this would need to be said. But after everything we've seen go down on Toddlers and Tiaras, we know that child-appropriate isn't always the default mode for parents. Mary Poppins, on the other hand, is a sweet, innocent character who's all about safely exploring your imagination. You know how much kids love playing dress-up. Well, as far as kids' costumes go, Poppins is practically perfect in every way.
The other thing I love about this costume is that she's not a princess and there's no pink! Bold move there for a little girl. Dannielynn is the new face of Gap -- a major high-profile job that makes me a little nervous, given her mother's history. But maybe this costume is Larry's way of assuring us that he'll still protect Dannielynn's childhood and won't let her grow up too quickly.
What do you think of Dannielynn's Kentucky Derby outfit?
Images via Stephen Lovekin/Getty, @LarryBirkhead/Twitter