Note from Becca and Cori Sue: We will be judging the Best Dressed Contest at this year’s Virginia Gold Cup at the University Row. Put on your most fabulous ensemble and come say hi!
I am a pale girl. Think Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married, Emma Stone in the Help, Winona Ryder in Girl Interrupted and Nicole Kidman in anything.
I grew up wearing hats at the beach, at the ballpark, and anywhere else my sun-adverse father could convince me to. To this day, I pull on a hat with oversize sunglasses and pretend I am a celebrity dodging the glare of paparazzi en route to brunch.
Little did I know that all those years in hats prepared me for the most fabulous of hat-donning occasions: the Virginia Gold Cup.
Yes, I have been counting the days to this Saturday’s Gold Cup since the minute we stepped off the bus after last year’s event. Last fall, during a particularly heavy wave of friend engagements, I found myself secretly praying that none of the pending nuptials would coincide with my dreams of equine- and bourbon-fueled debauchery.
Here’s the fashion I’m lusting for at this year’s event, for both the dapper gent and the lovely lady.
For the Ladies
First thing’s first: the hat. Last year, everyone went with fascinators (probably due to post-Royal Wedding obsession), but this year, the weather is going to be even hotter than last, so make sure you have a wide brim to shade you. I love this Pink Ribbon Hat from Vineyard Vines, $69.
For other colored hats, Bloomies has this Kate Spade topper ($78) in both white-and-navy and white-and-lime, depending on the color of your frock.
For an affordable hat that will go with everything and can be re-worn year after year, opt for a straw colored hat with a cream or white bow like this one, available for a mere $50 at Bloomingdales.
The second most important thing is your dress, of course. Pick something fun and lightweight. Stripes, florals and eyelet are mainstay spring Gold Cup prints from reliable preppy chic brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Milly, Trina Turk and Shoshanna.
Lilly’s Maybell Dress ($198) comes in pink stripe, blue stripe, white eyelet and more in a flattering fun cut with a sweetheart neckline.
Shoshanna has loads of sweetheart-cut strapless dresses in bright patterns, but we think this sunshine yellow number ($395) will allow you to stand out in the crowd and will likely pair well with shoes and accessories you already have in your closet. Shoshanna dresses are available at Urban Chic in Georgetown.
Finally, accessorize. Bring a clutch that can hold your camera and Members Hill badge. Or, if you like to be prepared, bring a straw tote and fill it with water, deodorant, face blotters, lipstick, gum, and all the other feminine accessories you’ll need to stay fresh during a full day of drinking. Tory Burch and Kate Spade have loads of totes available right now.
For the Gents
The suit is the foundation. Seersucker is a must. Critter pants are perfectly acceptable, and encouraged. But underneath that, make sure your shirt fits you right. My guy friends swear by Georgetown shirt-maker Hugh & Crye. They offer their snazzy shirts in nine different sizes so you can find one that fits your body type.
Colorful ties are lovely, but be daring (and cute!) and go with a bowtie instead. The girls will love it, I assure you. How about this blue one from Ralph Lauren‘s Rugby collection, $49?
Men wear hats, too! Go vintage with an adorable straw boater hat. I found this one in the aptly named Gentleman’s Emporium for $60.
But most of all, wear a smile. You’re always fashionable when you’re happy and having fun. And Gold Cup is lots of fun, I assure you.
Editor’s note: Arielle couldn’t resist pretending it was 2011 and bought a fascinator this past weekend. If you see her on University Row please remind her to reapply her SPF.