What to Wear to Preakness Stakes
It is officially that time of year ladies! The most well-known horse races in the country are right around the corner. Needless to say, that simple fact begs the question of "What should I wear?" If you are a first-timer like me, the possibilities may seem endless (and maybe a little overwhelming). So, this year I decided to do a little digging and style 2 Preakness (or Kentucky Derby/Belmont Stakes/Breeders Cup) looks with my newfound fashion inspiration. The great thing about both of these outfits is that they can be easily transitioned into weekend wear in the Spring or Summer as well!
Preakness style, to me, translates to feminine dresses, frills and ruffles, bright colors, bold prints, florals, and of course, big statement hats. I mean, where would we be without those, right? You definitely want to keep it classy with whatever you choose, but feel free to get a little creative with your overall style. In my opinion, Preakness Stakes is essentially a fashion show with a side of horse racing (just like the Superbowl is a really great concert with a healthy dose of football). So, have some fun with it! You will most likely be spending the day with friends, taking photos, betting on the horses, and enjoying a mint julep or two.
The first of my two looks is a navy blue ruffled, tiered mini dress from Sassanova, with a custom-designed diamond orchid fascinator by Soigné. Ashley Clark, the designer behind the well-known Soigné brand, created this one of a kind piece with Preakness in mind. It is probably one of the most intricate accessories I've ever worn, with the jewels and diamonds lining the headband and the orchid flowers blooming at the top.
After just one afternoon in this Misa dress, I can already tell you that it is going to be on repeat in my wardrobe this season. It is super flirty, fun, and can be dressed up or down depending on the day.
My second look for Preakness is a white floral midi dress and a grey floppy hat from Sassanova of Baltimore. The lightweight Rebecca Taylor dress is sophisticated, feminine, and perfect for Summer. I really wanted the gorgeous headpieces to take the center-stage, so in both looks I paired the dresses with classic nude pumps, and kept the rest of my accessories to a minimum.
How do you feel about these 2 looks for Preakness Stakes? Comment on the last photo on my Instagram feed and tell me your thoughts or tag me in your favorite Spring style!
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xo Anna Elizabeth