The third race of the Triple Crown can be the most exciting! It is in New York, after all, and New York makes champions, so naturally the fashion should excel above all the other stakes races.
This stakes day can stand on its own and become the pinnacle of America’s racing fashion just like the Kentucky Derby – the racing fashion event of the year!
There are so very few occasions where ladies of all ages can come together and dress up, and that is especially true for the 20-to-40s group. What is great about Belmont is that I have found that a large portion of the crowd is this demographic, and many of them wear some sort of hat to the race.
Finding the right hat, however, is the key!
Women should avoid beach hats. Find an elegantly trimmed hat to coordinate with their outfitand do not be afraid to go big!
Men should avoid the baseball cap for the day and step it up to a summer straw fedora or even a boater. They are very popular at the derby and becoming more popular at Preakness.
Racing fashion for women can be a very serious and elegant for sure. Racing is, after all, called the sport of kings, and looking back in history the fashion has always been as important a focus as the horses and the jockeys. I think all that we New Yorkers need is a little encouragement to think it out and wear our best.
So here are the trends that I see in dressing for Belmont.
Look for strong sleek lines; clean but dominant trim. Medium brims to small brims for hats and medium and/or tall fascinators. I would not go for the small and dainty ones – grab some attention! Colors should be neutral, subdued (but not pastel), monochromatic for all colors or strong earth-tones. New Yorkers are so black and gray in dress, so do not be afraid to experiment and find your own style, colors and the photographers!
Remember that “a head without a hat is like a jockey without a horse.”