Oh, spring, a time for brights, prints, short skirts, sandals, and sunshine. Every spring, I say to myself: I have enough summer and spring clothes. Then, every spring, all the pretty pieces and bright prints arrive, and I must have it all.
Here in Washington, every spring, we make the annual trek down to The Plains for Gold Cup horse races. In New York, the city denizens board buses and hop in cars and make their way to Belmont Stakes. This year, I’ll be at neither horse race—due to wedding season.
Instead, I will be donning my most fabulous fascinator, favorite frock, and best pair of espadrilles at the Annual Woodrow Wilson Garden Party, a spring cocktail party and hat competition here in Washington.
For the races, our suggestions are to go with the tried-and-true summer prep attire: a patterned fit-and-flair frock, a cute wide-brimmed sun hat, and espadrilles. You’ll look put-together yet comfortable, with comfortable shoes that aren’t flats and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your face from the sun.
If you are heading to the races, we recommend forgoing the cute clutch for a larger handbag filled with the necessary survival attire: dry shampoo, deodorant, oil-dabbing face sheets, lipstick, cell phone charger, mascara, tissues, hand sanitizer, and, of course—a flask.
If you’re looking to relive your sorority girl days, we’d suggest picking up a bow from South Sail, a North Carolina start-up that makes bows for hats and dresses of all different prints and monograms. Think of it as a bow-tie for a Southern gal. It’s a really great way to dress up a sundress you already have, refreshing something that’s already in your closet.
If there’s ever a time to dress traditionally, wear your most offensively bright dress (or pants, for gentlemen), or out-prep your counterparts, a horse race would be it.
If you’re sick of Lilly Pulitzer and want to stand out in the crowd, I’d suggest wearing a matching crop top and skirt in a floral print, paired with a jean jacket, straw hat, and espadrilles. For more picks, check out our Lust List: Cropped & Matched.
Wide leg pants are also in season—why not try a floral pair with a crop top and wide brim hat? The horse races could always use a little more laid-back Coachella style.
See you at the races!