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!
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:
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.