With so many great races coming up- here are some of my dress picks for the upcoming racedays:
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!
The second day of the Breeders Cup, I went for more of a girlish (less Cruella Deville) softer look with different shades of deep red. I had chosen this gorgeous Karen Morris piece from our store and then selected the outfit pieces to match. I stayed with the risky choice of Rent The Runway and had the dress arrive on Friday (when I was actually at the races). The coat or cape/poncho came in with my original order and although it was more of a wine color than a red, it worked out well with the full outfit. I had a pair of shoes that I had purchased from eDropOff on Ebay that were an in between color of red and wine.
Today I wore some tights and it was amazing! No more goosebumps on the legs and it kept me much warmer than I would have imagined. DryArt did another fabulous job of hair and make up giving me a more natural look with warmer tones in my make up and soft curls. I ventured out and put fake eyelashes on (so fun!) which gave me more of a Dolce & Gabbana look.
I again wore the Giles & Brother gold necklace that was rented and worn on Friday and also added a faux fur collar for extra warmth. The Tracy Reese Flutter and Fly dress was such a hit and it was both comfortable and fun!
I had a lot of people tell me how this outfit was “more me” than the one the day before. I loved both outfits and how they were so different! My feet needed some nursing after wearing heels both days and standing on the concrete all day but other tha n that- the weekend was a successful one with What Bri Mott Wore!
I chose to try a different route for this weekends races. Instead of purchasing two different outfits which would not only include a dress, a coat, shoes, etc…I chose to rent! I am the first to understand that buying an outfit for the races can get expensive. It is not just a dress that you need, its the whole ensemble including a hat! The hope is that you can usually use a bag that you already own and shoes but once you start to go all out- you really want to go ALL OUT!
While I was in Saratoga, I visited an antique fair just to kill some hours and maybe find some fun housewares. Instead- I walked away with a few vintage furs and a feathered pillbox (for $14!) . I knew this was a piece that I wanted to wear to the Breeders Cup here at Keeneland and therefore build an outfit around.
As usual, all of a sudden we are just two weeks out from the event and I have yet to find an outfit. I began the usual search online checking out a few of my favorite sites but couldn’t find any standout pieces. The only one I found was a purple dress (I was trying to wear purple for one of the days) which was $500…and at this point I wasn’t in the mood for that price tag.
Then I gave Rent The Runway a chance and in a quick sit-down, picked out a jacket, dress, and Giles & Brother necklace that would go with the hat. The Milly jacket had ostrich feathers surrounding the bottom which was going to be PERFECT with my feathery pillbox. The dress was just a piece to wear underneath and had that ‘tea length’ that I am in love with and the necklace had ‘horseshoe’ looking ends with a little glitter.
All of these items were due to arrive the Thursday of Breeders Cup week…giving me no time to fix a possible disaster. Although there wasn’t a disaster, there were some problems with my initial order. Two sizes in the jacket were supposed to be delivered but after a late night email on Wednesday, only one (the larger) was on its way. RTR did send another style although it was no where near a substitute for my original coat choice, it did give me something to wear to one of my dinners. The larger issue was that when the chosen coat did arrive, the feathers, that were the reason I picked the jacket out in the first place, were nowhere to be seen. How do feathers just disappear? We will never know.
In the end my outfit came together just fine. The Elizabeth and James black dress ended up being my favorite part of the rental- fit like a glove and was stand out by itself. I had so many compliments on the necklace so much that I wore it a second day on Saturday. For accessories, I grabbed a pair of long leather gloves from the FATR store, strapped on my trustee Valentinos, and went daring with a purple lip from Marc Jacobs. If it wasn’t for the amazing hair and makeup job by DryArt Lex- I probably would have looked like Wednesday from the Addam’s Family. Instead I looked like Morticia- in her madeup and fashionable younger days. It was Halloween weekend after all…..
Here’s a few of my instagrammy’s:
This is what the whole week led up to and I couldn’t wait to get dressed up and head to Sha Tin racecourse.
I spoiled myself with a phenomenal hair and make up job by Vicky Lai at the Makeup Parlor. She came to my hotel and did me up! It was one of the best H&M jobs I’ve ever had…she worked with such precision and detail. My eyebrows were like a masterpiece…seriously.
For the main part of my raceday wear I worked with talented Hong Kong designer, Sarah Lai, and grabbed one of her most popular pieces. The Lilian Dress had the A-line shape and midi length (my favorite!) that is perfect for the races. It is made with a heavier fabric which kept me warm when the night turned a bit chilly. My favorite part about it? The Twirl of course!
What a day!! Twirl if you’re happy! 😍🤗 #hkir @longines Hong Kong International Races wearing @sarahlailabel dress and @kmorris0714 millinery ! Until next time Hong Kong! #hkir #hongkong #horseracing #fashionattheraces #fashionblogger #twirl #travel #hk #dress #dance
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I sent a photo of the dress to milliner Karen Morris, a Hong Kong native now living in the US who then designed a piece to match. As always, her hats are so easy to wear and absolutely stunning. She designed two for the race and I chose the disc shape one to wear. Both are for sale here.
I knew it was going to be a long long day on my feet so I decided to stick with my trusty Valentino’s. I of course added some Dr. Scholl’s inserts…any smart gal would.
Lastly one of the coolest clutches I’ve ever worn was this Lady Luck bag designed by Fiona Kutor. It lights up when it senses
movement…yes this is like the light up sneakers you used to wear as a kid…but couture!!
Have to tell you a funny story though…I am standing there waiting for the fashion competition to start and all of a sudden Simon Baker is next to me (we met at the Kentucky Oaks a few years prior) and he goes…”is that working for you??” I of course thought he was talking about the lights….but no, he wants talking about the “Luck” in Lady Luck. And voila! I looked silly… 😉
It was a day to remember for the rest of my life. It is not often I get invited to a big international event…but to fly across the world and attend a week of racing festivities?! This was an amazing trip and well worth it! Be sure to put the Hong Kong International Races on your travel roster next year…hopefully see you there!!
…Hopefully you will do better than I do with the bets…I did win but not enough to brag about…or buy a glass of wine! 😉
What a night! I felt like Cinderella at a ball in a dress and skirt combo by Melissa Bui. Unfortunately the pictures do not do the gown justice as there was intricate beading throughout the skirt. I was actually wearing a black gown and then stepped into a sheer and beaded skirt that went over the dress. Melissa Bui’s Fall Winter 2015 collection, ‘Iridescent Nights,’ is an all black collection inspired by the Hong Kong night skyline and the multifaceted ‘Sunshine Azura’ quartz. Felt like a princess!
I kept my jewelry very simple with stud earrings and the Longines Conquest Classic timepiece. I brought the timeless pearl clutch to hold my phone, cards, and lip gloss. I snapped a few photos on the way in and with our group that attended that evening.
The event was absolutely amazing. They had a jazz band that I wanted to pack up in my suitcase and bring home with me. Graphics of horses running as if they were galloping through the stars surrounded you with gorgeous Longines Watches displayed everywhere. After a bit of mingling, the large doors opened up welcoming you to sit down at your table and enjoy a 5-course delicious meal. Entertainment took the main stage with Chinese female drummers being my favorite. The award for the Longines World’s Best Jockey followed which was given to England’s Frankie Dettori (who was in an amazing suit!).
Although there wasn’t any dancing or carriage rides, this princess was able to go home and rest her feet before the big weekend of racing. Luckily, I did not turn into a pumpkin either!
This outfit was a bit of a last minute collaboration as I planned on wearing a dress and fascinator but instead the weather turned and all I wanted was a sweater and Uggs outfit…yes, I wear Uggs. Luckily I had been at the amazing Atelier of Melissa Bui, a designer in Hong Kong as I was being fitted for my Gala gown. I asked if she might have anything that I could borrow for the races that evening and she suggested a black coat which was dressy enough to act as a “dress” in a way.
I paired the coat with a pair of leggings from Jessica Simpson’s fashion empire, my Steve Madden lace up sandals, and a pearl clutch to dress it up a bit more.
I tried a new lip color from Chanel- giving the outfit a pop outside the safety of the black and white. I stayed warm, fashionable, and comfortable during the rainy race night.
I love the detail of the coat with an almost sheer pattern and the collar and belt cut to match the pattern on the fabric. It is a pleasant surprise when you turn to the back of the coat. To see this coat and others by the talented Melissa Bui, click here. Prices are in the Hong Kong dollar, divide by 7.75 to convert to US$.
Our first event on the agenda was the Longines Jockey Championships press conference at the inner city Happy Valley Racecourse. There the 12 Jockeys competing for the title were introduced along with the country they represent. Pictures, interviews, and of course a cocktail party was in order. Names that you may recognize include Victor Espinoza (American Pharoahs & California Chromes jockey), Ryan Moore (one of the top jockeys in England), and Hugh Bowman (New Zealand native but top rider in Australia).
After the jockey party, we were taken on a tour of the track and its facilities. Might sound boring but it was far from it. I have NEVER seen an establishment like Happy Valley Racecourse. Fifteen years ago the track found a plunge in their profit margin, less people attending races, and far less betting on them. They realized they had to do something and something big…the did almost $5 billion HK dollars of renovations…and the result is absolutely stunning. See for yourself.
Dress for the event tonight was listed as ‘smart casual.’ I wore an over-zealous peplum top by Sarah Lai and paired with black boyfriend fitting black bottoms. I actually did not have skinny black pants as I planned on so I placed a short sleeve black jumpsuit from Target underneath. As I hardly own any flats that have a dressy flair, the Valentino’s made their mark here in Hong Kong. Of course as we got ready to take our tour, the guide asked how high my heels were as if to express his worry of my likeliness to keep up…obviously he doesn’t know me 😉
One of my important accessories throughout this trip is my Longines Conquest Classic timepiece. Of course many have phones now to check the time and don’t rely on the wrist watch anymore but once you do have one, it becomes a wonderful crutch to lean on. We have such a busy schedule this week and having my Longines watch to keep my on schedule (yes I’ll still be a few minutes late I’m sure) is a lifesaver.
I love this little River Island clutch purchased from Asos.com. It is such a pale pink that it can be paired with so many different outfits whether you want it to act as a nude or a pink. In this case- it was a little bit of both!
The Sarah Lai top will give you a teaser of my outfit for Sunday at Sha Tin racecourse. For the Longines Hong Kong International Races, I will be sporting one of her most popular dresses and cannot wait. There will be a twirl or two on Instagram. Stay tuned! <3
The third and final jewel of the Triple Crown did not disappoint in the least! With American Pharoah blowing the rest of the field out of the water – he grabbed the Triple Crown trophy that hasn’t been touched for 27 years.
Staying on trend, Bri Mott rocked the Black and White style with some edginess in her dress design, a unique hat made by the talented Marta Glazen, and of course fabulous accessories to set the look off.
Bri began planning her outfit around her dress that she sourced all the way from Australia from the modern yet elegant brand By Johnny. The dress had an easy design with a fun and unique print that gave it an edgy New York feel. She stuck with her trusty BCBGeneration heels that she wore at last years race. Recycle ladies!
For this race she reached out to Marta Glazen who designed her modern cap to tie into the lines and circles that the dress’s print shows off. The black and white hat tied in perfectly with some unique netting around the face. “Best Hat” might have been heard a few times in the crowd and she has Marta to thank for that!
As much as the dress and hat stole the show, her accessories helped push her outfit to the next level. Gorgeous earrings designed by one of the owners of American Pharoah, Ashley Zayat, complimented the outfit perfectly. Point Ashley’s Pearl Onyx Orbit Drops are Matte Silver (Original Rhodium) Plated over Brass Onyx Gemstone with sterling silver backs. Retailing for $200 right here, these earrings are a perfect addition to your next special occasion. Be sure to check out Point Ashley’s Triple Crown Collection- only available for a limited time ladies!
Her racing outfits are never complete without a Longines Timepiece to have her looking stylish as well as keep track of time and where she needs to be next. This piece is the same one Bri wore at Preakness with the face surrounded by diamonds on such a flat and minimalistic band. So chic and elegant for everyday wear.
The one thing everyone asked about?? Her purse! This pony purse will be for sale (shortly!) in the Fashion at the Races store! Retailing $45 each, we will offer black, pink, red, and metallic to help bring your next racing outfit to the next lever. The purse fit Bri’s two phones (don’t ask) plus cards, cash, and lip gloss. What more do you need?? Stay tuned for the product release coming later on this week.
All of Bri Mott’s hats will be for sale next month- and there is only one of each so be sure to purchase if you want it! xxoo
The Preakness Stakes is all about the party. Elegant Party that is! Bri Mott stayed on trend with a bold printed dress from ASOS.com. The dress had more of a conservative fit with her favorite midi length and mid-sleeved top. Recycling one of her favorite pairs of shoes, Bri wore her bold abstract wedge heels from BCBG to modernize the classic fitted dress.
Just because we say go bold for your Preakness Stakes fashion doesn’t mean you need an outrageous hat! Bri’s subtle yet statement making white crown was made by Australian milliner Pamela at Locopa Designs. Gorgeous detail made a bold statement without taking away from the rest of her outfit. To bring out the blues in the floral print, Bri grabbed one of her favorite necklaces from Chloe+Isabel. The teardrop stones added the perfect color to pull your eye toward the fun colors in the printed dress.
What would Bri’s racing fashion be complete without her Longines Conquest Classic timepiece. Gorgeous Sunray Blue dial face surrounded by 12 Wesselton Diamonds as the hours, and 100 of these gorgeous diamonds on the case. This timepiece embodies the oldest aesthetic tradition of the brand known the world over for its winged hourglass logo. The ultra-slim profile of the specially designed case lends this collection a timeless beauty. Maintaining all the characteristics of the original creations, the models in this line grace the wrists of those who appreciate reliability.
LONGINES GIRL POWER!
Lacey Johnson, last years Longines Most Elegant Woman contest winner wears her Conquest Classic timepiece with Bri Mott.
Keeping with the Southern Belle theme (minus the big brimmed hat of course) Bri Mott chose a floral fitted dress with an off the shoulder detail. This dress was actually found in the Bridesmaid’s section of one of her favorite sites Asos.com. Simple in that it had no additional accents except its busy print, the perfect addition was a hat to match.
You don’t have to go big to make a statement. Carol Kennelly’s chic designs had even the celebrities on the carpet starting a conversation about the hat. This piece named Consolata can be purchased for $395 (handmade one of a kind). Floral printed base with gorgeous ostrich quills curled with matching feathers accented with one flower and two lifelike butterflies, this was the perfect piece to accent the dress. Her laced up heels (bought on mega sale at Macy’s) brought all the pastel colors together giving it that fashion forward look.
As she does most the time, Bri Mott kept the accessories simple with just a bracelet and matching earrings from Chloe + Isabel. Click the links to purchase your own gorgeous outfit for your next time out.
Bri Mott again did her dress shopping at Asos.com looking for the perfect combination of racing fashion and PINK! She chose to use a pastel pink paired with a wide black belt detail that tied in a big bow in the back with wide strapped detail on top.
Going with her proven comfy black heels from BCBGeneration, the outfit was then topped off by a signature pieces by Karen Morris Millinery. A chic boater design made of sinamay with a black brim and pink base, accented with a star flower made out of feathers and two arrow feathers to give it a sharp finish.