Belmont Stakes Attire

While the Kentucky has long been known for its hat sensibilities and fashion New York’s Belmont Stakes has its own sense of style.

Here, Ashley Lauren shows off her horse-shaped handbag, June 11, 2016. Lauren was the winner of the Longines Most Elegant Woman fashion contest. Lauren’s father, George Kerr, has a share in Preakness winner Exaggerator.

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A woman shows her handmade hat in the picnic area.

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Two young men watch the races wearing flamingo patterned suits.

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(L-R) Darren Metzger, Oscar Vigo and Craig Allen picnic in their horse hats at Belmont.

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Kathleen Kenneally from Philadelphia wears a rose-shaped creation from Fab Hatters in L.A. at Belmont.

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Two contestants show off their fastners by created by LisaMcFadden Millinery for the Longines Most Elegant Woman fashion contest at Belmont.

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Jennifer Nowicki poses for a photo with Victor Espinoza, the jockey who rode American Pharaoh to the Triple Crown in 2015, at Belmont.

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Two hopeful contestants, (L) Leckie Roberts and Heidi Lee, wait for the start of Longines Most Elegant Woman fashion contest. Both are wearing designs by Heidi Lee Millinery.

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Miss New Jersey USA 2016, Jessielyn Palumbo wears her crown as she judges the Longines Most Elegant Woman fashion contest with Huffington Post contributor Tom Murro at Belmont.

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Casual to elegant rules the day.

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Even some of the horses make a fashion statement.

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Near the paddock area before the big race of the day.

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Ryan Cooney goes all out preppy at Belmont, including swordfish on his pink socks.

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This woman’s phone is dressed up as well.

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Michael Cooke wore his lucky suit to the races at Belmont.

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People party at Belmont.

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A floral patterned skirt with red high tops.

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Danny Quinn in an American flag-themed suit at Belmont.

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Carolo Villa wears Chubbies shorts.

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Hats and more hats.

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Father and son watch the races appropriately attired.

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Edwin Callazo made this hat for Belmont.

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Hanging out at Belmont.

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Ferdous Perzada wears a Constitution-themed tie at Belmont.

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Two women in between races.

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Photographers have a more casual sense of style at Belmont.

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Three women on race day.

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Four-year-old Lorenzo accessorized with a stuffed horse named Secretariat.

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A range of styles.

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Some folks went the college sweatshirt route.

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An interesting choice of shorts.

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Ashley Gunzelman and Dustin Osborne from North Carolina.

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New York street-style.

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A jacket and hat plus bow tie.

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A patriotic bowtie.

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The kids are set for racing.

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Formal attire.

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A yellow sunflower.

How to Dress to Impress for The Belmont Stakes

M

y favorite part of the year is fast approaching and with it comes the pageantry of horse racing. This year will be the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes. It’s the final leg of the Triple Crown and the most exciting race in all of horse racing.

In celebration of the race, I’ve partnered with the NYRA (New York Racing Association) to give you tips on how to dress to impress. Be sure to bookmark the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, June 6-8, featuring 8 Grade 1 Stakes races on Belmont Stakes Day! Keep reading for simple style tips that will have you looking your best come race day.

It’s All About The Hat

There are few and far occasions when you can go all-out with your hat, and the Belmont, Derby and Preakness are one of them. Whether you are custom building a headpiece or shopping off the rack, the options are endless and the most important part is to have fun with the process and find one that speaks to you. I’ve chosen a more simple hat that can be dressed up or down with multiple outfits.

Outfit 1: If you prefer something a little more dressy, you’ll love this pink satin set. It screams spring and is so comfortable. I opted for a nude lip to go along with the effortless chic look.

Shop: Satin Skirt

Nothing More Classy

Outfit 2: To me, there is nothing more classy than lace. For a more formal look, I’ve opted for this adorable halter lace cocktail dress.

Prints FTW

Outfit 3: You can never go wrong with print! For a more sleek and casual look, I’ve paired high wasted structured gingham pants with a linen asymmetrical top. Adding a pop of red lipstick + the hat will make for a dramatic look.

My first Belmont Stakes was a couple years ago and I had no idea what to expect. We had General Admission tickets and ended up picnicking in the backyard and doing a ton of standing. Had I known this, I definitely would have packed flats or a more moderate heel. So when planning your outfit, make sure you’re comfortable, because it’s a long day and as beautiful as you may look, your feet may be begging you for mercy by the end of the day.

 

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