What Bri Mott Wore
Belmont Stakes in Black and White
…with a Pop of Red!
The last jewel of the Triple Crown takes place in the Fashion Capital of the World: NYC Baby! If you haven’t read up on our Triple Crown Trends, Belmont is all about the black and white. This year I found a black and white (or silver) dress that had such unique details. The open shoulder trend is still going strong and this dress had a nice twist on the regular off-the-shoulder look. With a zipper up the back and a high neck detail, this was a Victorian style dress with a modern metallic twist.
Like I said in my last article, I wore a Rebecca Taylor dress to the Kentucky Oaks and had my next piece from her collection on stand-by for the Belmont. There isn’t many pieces of this dress left (and its on sale!) but she has plenty more pieces to check out in case its gone!
I was excited to wear a Percher style piece that I had seen a while back designed by the talented Milli Starr. The piece had this edgy look about it with almost ‘barb-wire’ style hand-cut feathers. The piece secured with a headband and elastic keeping it in place all day with no issues. Laura, the millinery behind the Milli Starr name, said, “I’m so glad you want to wear this piece. Many ladies seem intimidated by the percher design.” I responded, “we are going to put perchers on the map here!”
Seriously ladies! Why would you want to wear this piece?! Understandably different from the traditional Derby hat, this style is so easy to wear and really brings your racing outfit to another level! Doesn’t mess up your hair, weigh down your head, or get in the way of any photos when your with your gals! If I was a car salesmen…I’d only be selling this model! 😉
Off my soapbox….since I was staying with friends in NYC- I just had to raid their closests and found these Ivanka Trump heels that tied my whole outfit together. Similar (maybe too similar) to the Aquazzura style, these heels were the perfect red to compliment my hat and horse clutch.
I had way too much fun in this racing outfit (even wore my percher all the way home in our Uber because I didn’t want to take it off!)
On Friday…we wear PINK
The weather may not have exactly cooperated for the Longines Kentucky Oaks Day but we made it work.
Oaks Day is all about the Fillies and the Lillies. Translation: The ladies and the pink cocktails! Lots of ladies were adorned in all different shades of pink holding their pink lily cocktails. The pink is in support of the strong women battling breast cancer and to the ones that won. Also the pink is worn in remembrance to the ones we have lost to the horrific disease.
The ponies wear pink, the riders wear pink, and even the jockeys wore some crazy pink pants for the main race (did you not see our Instastories??)
I started early looking for a gorgeous pink dress and I found the one I wanted a month or so out. Although I was a bit scared to pull the trigger, the closer we got to the event, the easier it was to press CHECKOUT.
I came across the Rebecca Taylor brand at the end of last year. Two things I loved about it: the effortless femininity of the designs, and the fact that the designer is a native New Zealander. I spent 3 months on the North Island working on a breeding farm and fell in love with the styles of the ‘Kiwis.’
I only had one day off a week and I would drive an hour to Auckland (their big city) and shop in all the boutiques on the street. Well window shop as my farm job kept me on a beer budget 😉
When my pink floral dress dress came in the mail, I opened the box, pulled it out of its safehaven in plastic, and was delighted to find the detailing that the pictures didn’t do it justice. From the fabric to the woven band on the skirt, this was a piece I knew I would cherish for a long long time. A cherry on top was that it fit like a glove! (and also gave me room for plenty of food and drink on the day).
Karen has designed my Oaks hat for the last 3 years. Her impeccable designs are a go-to for my racing events and I can always count on her pieces to be effortlessly worn all day long.
This years hat was no different. A checkered braided straw piece in red and white (which actually gave it a pink hue) adorned with an ivory bow fastened to my head via an elastic band (my favorite by the way). The piece was light and stayed comfortable for the entire day. The design was the perfect ‘pop’ against my feminine dress.
Check out Karen Morris’s designs here.
I wish I could repeat this outfit again and again. Luckily I will continue to adorn myself with Karen’s pieces and have already picked out a Rebecca Taylor dress for the upcoming Belmont Stakes….stay tuned!!
Click below to shop. I’ve also added some other products similar to what I wore from the same brands.
Kentucky Derby: Roses are Red….
This years Kentucky Derby all seemed a bit crazy to me as it came up so fast! It was winter in January and poof! all of a sudden we were only a week away from Derby. Seriously, where does all the time go?
As always, my intentions are to start planning months out, find some beautiful designer dress (on sale somewhere), pair it with the perfect hat or have a hat made, and then add the accessories to really tie the entire outfit together. Wellllllll that did not happen. Not even close.
I had my eye on my ‘perfect’ Oaks dress for a while but never bit the bullet and purchased it. Once it got close to game time, I decided that was an easy pick, purchased that and then turned to focus on the Derby dress. Ps-I’ll be showing the Oaks outfit in a couple days!
For colors, I wanted to stay along the lines of the GH Mumm fabulous bubbly brand and decided that red, like their red sash across their newly designed bottles, would be the color to grab. I decided to pick a hat first and then match the dress.
This Carol Kennelly piece really stuck out and even made me a little nervous. Now- when I say makes me nervous- I’ve come to find out that is a good thing. My Breeders Cup hat last year made me SUPER nervous because of its size and that piece had some raving reviews! This piece has amazing floral details, beautiful bright colors, and sits light as a feather attached by an elastic band.
The dress was a lucky find from Neiman Marcus. I picked out two red dresses and actually thought I was going to wear the other one. When they came (which was Thursday of Derby week by the way…) I put this one on first and knew it was the one. I ordered a size up which actually fit me perfectly because for the first time, I wasn’t worried about wearing spanx or pulling it down, sucking it in..etc etc. I wasn’t as form fitting as some of my past dresses but to be honest, it was a relief to have it be just a tick loose!
I decided there was no embellishments needed as the focus would be the hat. The dress was a strong piece too but it complimented my millinery in just the right way.
This year I was super excited to wear some new jewelry which had a ‘Kentucky Derby’ theme. Lagos, a gorgeous jewlery brand came out with a Derby edition that has a ton of beautiful options of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings! I kept it simple (as always) and wore the earrings, bracelet and ring on the red carpet. I had my beautiful Longines watch to make sure I wasn’t late (which I was early this year!!) and let the silvers glisten against my bright red.
There will be one year that I won’t be able to pull it off, but thankfully I was able to round out a winning outfit for this years Kentucky Derby!
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If you’d like to purchase this amazing hat, head to: store.fashionattheraces.com
Outfit Details: Keepsake Dress | Karen Morris Millinery |Jessica Simpson Shoes | Longines Watch |
Pink lace is the epitome of feminine style. This pink lace dress found in a Warehouse Sale and was a great buy. It had a small stain on the upper left chest area which is wear the ‘pin’ is positioned (have to give my girl Christine Lund credit on that one!).
Paired with the Karen Morris fascinator adding a darker pop of color which is matched by the darker fuchsia heels. For a piece like this, put your hair up so we can focus on your gorgeous face and millinery. Too many times hair styles fall flat and it ends up ruining a beautiful topping. I styled a simple low bun (with donut included) which will stay in place for the entire raceday. This style took me less than 5 minutes to do!
This outfit is a great cross over of fall and spring- perfect for the late months in California.
Pictured in my Parisian styled foyer, I love how the pinks really pop out in a delicate way.
This exact dress is 40% off right now! See below to click and shop I’ve also included some more pink lace dresses that are always perfect for the races or any event you might have. If you’d like to purchase the one-of-a-kind fascinator you can do so here.
When in Doubt…Wear Red
Beware the Lady in Red
Red is a powerful powerful color. I would be lying if I said it was for just anyone…Red is for a lady with fiery spirit! Someone who knows how to pack a punch and has a strong presence…or WANTS to have a strong presence. Once you put on a red dress, you have prepared yourself for a day to remember.
I wore this BCBG dress to the Kentucky Derby a few years back and don’t have the heart to pass it on yet. It is a light fabric with sheer detail at the chest and a pleated skirt with a peekaboo slit down the left leg.
How fitting it was to pair this with the bold Sophie Hunter fascinator from Ireland. With a sequin dark champagne center and white floral detailing, this piece NEEDS a strong dress to stand out with it.
Not many accessories are needed with this bold ensemble. A red lip is probably the best match and really accentuates your gorgeous smile. I kept things simple and classic with my always necessary Longines Timepiece, a pair of stud earrings, and red BCBG pumps. I tried adding a gold belt just for some extra metallic which the outfit could go with or without.
These sunglasses with a white pearl surrounding and gold reflective lenses are PERFECT for the added punch the outfit doesn’t require but always accepts….and only $60! I’ve included links to the exact pair of glasses as well as some other styles below. Check out some fabulous red dresses and heels as well as gold belts- these are fashion items that can be worn with other outfits outside the races. Timeless pieces!
Always Fun in Florals
It is finally feeling like fall here in the Bluegrass States. The leaves have changed and began to fall, the sun is a bit weaker than a month ago, and the nights cool down to a crisp temperature.
Fall racing is full steam ahead at Keeneland but we still need to set our sites on a warmer raceday brought on with the California Sun. Breeders Cup at Santa Anita still has us thinking spring/summer fashion but with the crisp air still a possibility, we need to prepare for the in between.
This outfit was literally plucked from my closet of pieces that I’ve had for a bit and wear in my everyday regular fashions (I actually wore this top out Saturday night). The skirt was a lucky buy at Banana Republic for $22 and the hat, which is perfect for Breeders Cup I might add, came from Ireland from the talented Sophie Hunter. The veil is removable but I think its an added drama that would be fabulous to rock at the races.
This shirt is back in stock and under $100. With all the feedback I’ve gotten from these pictures- you will definitely be getting asked where its from! I wore a Medium so if you usually grab a small possibly order one up. It fit perfectly!
With the high collar of the shirt, there’s not much need to wear a necklace so as I usually do, I kept my accessories simple with my Longines Watch and Pandora earrings.
Of course its totally normal for me to be dressed in my raceday fashion on my backyard swing with a glass of GH Mumm champagne. Typical Saturday…and wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is one of my most favorite racing outfits so far. I chose the ASOS dress because of its silhouette and it was under $150! It has such a classy shape that is formfitting to the woman’s body. It has my favorite midi length with longer “short” sleeves and a high neck.
The back shows a little bit of skin with a lower “v” shape. (I got terribly burnt at the Preakness because I forgot to apply sunscreen there!)
The print was a darker floral that could easily translate into fall. I paired it with a simple but gorgeous fascinator from Australian milliner, Locopa Designs. The Floral Crown brought out the white accents in the dress.
Since we are in the Corporate Village at Preakness which means I’ll be on grass most the day, I opted for a wedge shoe but still wanted them to be high fashion rather than a typical espadrille. I grabbed one of my favorite shoe buys, my metallic BCBG heavy heels. They were still a bit dirty from the Preakness rain storm we had to run in! Wasn’t ready to wipe off the fun memory just yet…
I never go to the races without my Longines Timepiece as I need to keep track of the time in between races and when the feature races are….like the Preakness Stakes!
What purse can you match with this outfit? A white clutch would be great but the metallic pony purse was PERFECT!