The Arlington Million was filled with fantastic racing as well as a fabulous hat contest. Just after race 3, stylish ladies gathered next to the paddock and lined the stairs for their chance of being crowned the most stylish lady (and hat) at Arlington!
Thank you to Arlington Park, our own Bri was able to judge the contest along with the talented milliner Christine Moore. Here’s Briana’s take on the whole contest:
“It seemed like a whirlwind as we had hardly enough time to look at all the well-dressed ladies to choose a stand-out winner…but in the far left corner a floral dress stood out among the crowd. Truly, I wish we could have picked a first, second, and third, as there was definitely more than one stand out ladies but out of the crowd this lady with a beautiful smile and a slight air of confidence but also being humble stood out.”
As Arlington Park’s reporter, Alyssa Ali, introduced the competition and both Bri and Christine, Bri went over to the most stylish lady in the competition and pulled her out of the line up to bring her to light! Renee McKeeighan from Naperville IL took the Arlington Park Prize Pack for the day and look gorgeous doing so!
She entered along with her daughter, Erin Orr, and wore the outfit that she had styled for the Kentucky Oaks (following our floral trend of course!) in a dress borrowed from her daughter! Most of her shopping happens at Neiman Marcus which is wear to bought her hat, purse, and dress! Her dress was a gorgeous design by Lela Rose which had a tan and pink/green floral print in an A-Line shape. Her nude patent leather shoes bought from Anne Taylor gave the outfit a little jazz without taking it away from total femininity. Her hat was the perfect amount of Brim as it gave her a millinery accent without unbalancing the outfit. Her daughter represented as well and also wore a Lela Rose Dress going for the more modern print (our trend for Arlington Park) with a smaller navy fascinator. Both looked gorgeous and were very excited to be apart of the raceday as well as the competition!
“It was fantastic to pick someone with a stylish outfit from top to bottom that exemplified exactly what we are working toward at Fashion at the Races. We had women come up to us afterwards and say ‘Thank you so much for picking an actual stylish lady and not a homemade disaster.’ It was very refreshing to see that people are heading to the same direction we are! It can only get better from here!’
Thank you to everyone who put the time and effort into their outfit and competed in the Arlington Hat Contest…and Congratulations to Renee McKeeighan! Hopefully next year it will be changed to the Arlington Fashions on the Field…what do you think??
Check out a quick recap in a section of this video from WGN TV: