With so many great races coming up- here are some of my dress picks for the upcoming racedays:
Venturing away from her usually slim fitting dresses, Bri Mott went for some fun and carefree separates. Even more out of her normal comfort zone was BLUE!
“I was gifted this gorgeous blue skirt from one of my girlfriends as a birthday present. I knew I wanted to where to to one of my racedays and the Queen’s Plate was a perfect place to show it off. The only other plan I had was my birthday shoes.”
Her birthday shoes were a bright pink colored pair of Gucci pumps from a shopping splurge in New York City at the Belmont Stakes. Closed pointy toe with studs combined with a skinny T-strap up the center, the shoes stood out not only in the store, but on track as well.
As the Queen’s Plate is such a fashion forward raceday with more modern millinery than your traditional Kentucky Derby Hats, Bri approached Jenny Pfanenstiel at Forme Millinery for a unique headpiece. Jenny suggested her “glass blown” designs and after picking out the colors, the fun design was in the works. This fun fascinator incorporated the blues and pinks within her outfit and even had shiny studs throughout to tie in the studs on her pumps.
Last piece of the puzzle was a shirt. This light blue top with pink accents was found at H&M for $9.99. It’s great for everyday wear and of course to tie in the pink and royal blue of her shoes and skirt all the way to the modern millinery on top. Recycling the necklace from Preakness Bri accented the different blues with the teardrop necklace from Chloe + Isabel.
One more accessory to set the outfit off was the Fashion at the Races Exclusive Pony Clutch in Pink! This (luckily) matched her shoe color perfectly and really tied everything together. Grab one for your next racing outfit! Only $45!
I always like to try incorporating some metallic into my Million outfit. This year I wore a fantastic fascinator by Sophie Hunter that was an in between color to silver and gold. With a beading covering and detail to the front accented with an orange and blue feather. It stays on with an elastic band which is easy to hide. I kept my hair up (thank goodness because the temperatures were record highs for this particular day in Chicago) with a low bun (and 40 bobby pins). Ladies, this piece would be PERFECT for Breeders Cup. If you want a fur shawl to match- we can definitely make that happen.
I kept going back and forth between the blue or orange feather and which one I wanted to match, so I decided to match both!
I found this dress on Shopbop.com and noticed that it would be a bit short on me. So I paired it with an orange pencil skirt from ASOS that only cost me $16. The heels may have been my best find as I actually planned on a completely different pair at Dillard’s only to find out they were out of my size. Of course I saved it until Wednesday before the race, and started to panic in the store, but my eyes quickly spotted a blue pair on the clearance rack which fit perfectly…and rang up for $29 bucks!! BAZINGA!
Lastly I know I wanted a fun purse and found this furry baby on ASOS. Knowing that it wasn’t quite the perfect color to tie in, I searched the internet for a bright blue fur ball to attach…literally. Found one on trusty Etsy…and we had our Million Day outfit!
I had so many compliments on my “dress” as people thought it was one piece. I had a blast wearing something so different and the response was wonderful as well. This is what Fashion at the Races is all about. Dress your best and put some effort into the outfit ladies– it will pay off!