Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack holds a special place in the hearts of San Diegans – some may even call it a holiday. It’s a day where glamor reigns, drinks flow, ponies race and the best fashionista is dependent on the size of her hat.
So what are the trends of the track? Our own fashion guru and supervisor of on-property Lilly Pulitzer boutique, Pinkalicious put together her list of must-have fashion items for Opening Day at the races – which are all available right here at the La Costa Plaza Shops. Fashionista, Laura Bull says, “This year, we’re throwing subtle out. It’s about making a statement.”
One-Shoulder Dresses – The Greeks may have been onto something with the toga. This year at the racetrack, we’re expecting to see a sea of shoulders as the biggest dress fashion is the one-shoulder dress. And while we found this adorable blue, white and gold striped Lilly Pulitzer Tyran dress in Pinkalicous, we are expecting to see a lot more bold, solid hues particularly in corals, reds, teals and blues. As far as bodice goes, Laura explains that women are looking to show what they got. “Race-goers will be wearing fitted dresses with a dropped hemline or short, fitted summer dresses with a flirty skirt.”
Wedge Shoes – Though the Del Mar Racetrack may appreciate us fashion diehards aerating the grass for them, our shoes definitely do not appreciate soil or grass ruining its 5-inch stiletto. Not only are wedge heels easier to walk through racetrack dirt and paddock grass, but they also provide the perfect height to give its wearer longer, sleeker looking legs without the imbalance of a pump. These Lilly Ashley Wedge Canvases are a perfect match for the adorable Tyran dress.
Accessories – No outfit is ever complete without being properly accessorized. And at the Del Mar Racetrack this year, it’s all about simple, cute and statement-demanding. As we mentioned above, drinks will be flowing and bets will be made, requiring easy access into your wallet. Ditch the bulky hobos and totes and go for the simple envelope clutch. No zipping needed, easy to pack and even easier to get into – not to mention, you’ll be forced to leave the unnecessary bulk that make up our purses at home.
Go for the Gold...jewelry, that is – Gold isn’t just the goal for Olympians this year, it’s also the piece that will tie together the rest of your outfit. Depending on your dress neckline and color, it’s safe to assume that you can’t go wrong sticking by the trusty 14 karat gold necklace. We adore the convertible gold necklace from Jewel Ya (see image to the left). All their pieces are hand-hammered and made in 14 karat gold. Laura also suggests ditching the earrings and going for the bangles. “This year, it’s all about statement pieces. There’s no reason your fashion should start and stop with your hat.”
Which brings us to the most important part of Racetrack fashion – the HAT of course! – While the best hats are usually the ones made with extra love and care (thanks to Michael’s, ribbons, gemstones and a glue gun), Laura still recommends going for the large, floppy, wire-rimmed hat paired with a side-pony with cascading curls. For Opening Day, do not be shy with your bedazzling. The more flamboyant the hat, the better! To get started, stop by the Plaza Shops this weekend and check out some incredible hats from Flora Bella, San Diego Hat Company and Karen Kaminski. The San Diego Hat Company trunk show takes place for only one day, tomorrow, July 7, so be sure to stop by and shop in the sun!
With less than two weeks away from Opening Day at the Races, this weekend is the time to visit the Shops at La Costa, where we can style you from head to toe, to fingers to wrists. Enjoy designer labels including Lilly Pulitzer, Trina Turk, Nanette Lepore, San Diego Hat Company, Nicole Miller and more this weekend.
What other fashion trends do you anticipate seeing on Opening Day?