“Annnnd they’re off!”
It’s that time of spring again. Race days. Are you the ‘just going for the party’ type, the ‘people watching’ type, or the ‘there for the race’ type? I’m more of the latter two. And if the clothes and horses are pretty then it’s a good day! To me, the clothing options for Steeplechase fall into two broad categories. Fine yet relaxed outdoor attire and informal, relaxed outdoor attire. But of course, rain can throw a big ‘ol kink into it all. As of this writing, Steeplechase folks will have just rosy weather. Pun intended!
So, how about we forgo the traditional and try something with a bit of edge? The colors are lovely, the cut is so right now, and your shoulders and back will get a touch of sun (not too much!) I love this dress with heels but a more casual nude stacked heel or even a cute thong flat sandal would be nice. I actually love this dress, and it comes in solid colors also.
There’s nothing springier, more outdoorsy, or plain fun then an all over floral dress. And can I just say, pockets, pockets, pockets. Keys, phone, a little lip gloss, a few dollars…they all have a place now. Whether you’re at the races, church, or out to dinner, this is a go to dress. The colors are vibrant and the fit and flare silhouette will flatter most everyone. Switch up the footwear for a more casual look. Just so pretty.
If black and white are your Steeplechase mainstays here is a different take on those colors. Another all over floral but this fades into gauzy black and a handkerchief hem. A racer back is unexpected and will prove cool if the day is hot. Perfect for the beach also!
And then there’s this little item. Ladies, I stand in solidarity; no, you don’t have to pay $150+ to have a great dress. Ya’ll, check out that price! And then, cotton navy eyelet. Need I say more? Next, strapless. Perfect for a sunny day at the park. Slip on your favorite flat or heel and top off with a fab hat. You’re good to go. It’s in stores now.
Let’s be honest, the dresses are secondary. The real focus is what’s on your pretty head. Whether it is a 20 inch wide, pink brimmed hat, a feathered fascinator, or a straw cowboy hat, the millinery will be the focus. After the horses of course! And while this Etsy business says it can ship in one day, you don’t have to order. Most local department stores will have a selection to choose from. Take your dress to get a great match. But this one is pretty great…look at that flower!
The Iroquois Steeplechase is a Nashville tradition. It’s our derby and also a time to show your style. And, if you’ve never listened to Dan Fogelburg’s song Run for the Roses, do yourself a favor and watch it here (one of several videos of the song). If you don’t get a bit misty then I might not be able to be your friend!
Please remember to call me for any wardrobe needs. Thanks for reading and please share!
Have fun and stay safe. I’ll see ya there.