Clothes and Horses

Heather wrote previously about Lexington style. This stuff is serious, especially when you combine style with horse racing. Something about the "regality" of horse racing and the pride and tradition that it brings Kentucky.

This weekend, I am venturing to Churchill Downs for the first time. Thankfully, there will be no infield experience for me this time as I get to hang out at Millionaire's Row. Not that I'm a millionaire (but I'd be darling at it, per Dorothy Parker).

I understand Keeneland style. I've seen enough spring and fall meet outfits to know what is socially acceptable in each room and what isn't. Churchill Downs style? No idea.

Thankfully for my husband, the dress code is business casual, which does not require a tie. The Keeneland clubhouse, on the other hand, requires coat and tie at all times. No bueno for my scrub-wearing man.

My go-to rules for going to the race track:

  • Oversized sunnies
  • Comfortable, yet cute shoes (those crazies in their platform pumps look nutso when they teeter back to their cars with sore feet)
  • Purse you won't accidentally forget at the betting window
  • Your ID for bourbon
  • A weather-appropriate outfit
  • Something that makes you feel pretty
With those rules, I'm going to go for a 3/4 sleeve knit, knee length dress, brown leather knee high boots, a camel colored pashmina (or a statement necklace if it's warm), my Alesya bag, and oversized tortoise shell sunnies. I may or may not do boot socks out the tops of my boots.


Someone please tell me if this is a fashion mistake. And wish me luck at the track!