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Believe it or not, I am always stumped on what to wear to the races. When I attended Breeder’s Cup in 2010, I didn’t decide until the last minute. Much that was due to Breeder’s Cup being at Churchill Downs and the weather was bitterly cold. However, the 2017 Breeder’s Cup will be held in sunny Southern California on November 3 and 4, so that makes the choice much easier!
The fascinator with the horses shoes is one I designed for Breeder’s Cup in 2010. It was a challenge but probably one of coolest pieces that I have ever done!
The biggest tip that I can give to a lady is to pick something elegant and classic to wear to the Breeder’s Cup. This racing event is quite different from the other races, even the Kentucky Derby. The atmosphere is very posh. Remember that these are top race horses in the world who have already proved themselves in other races. This is a stylish and sophisticated event, very different from the Kentucky Derby. Breeder’s Cup hats and fascinators.
The official Breeder’s Cup color is purple. Purple can be paired with greens, blues, dark rust oranges for a stunning finish. And for some reason, purple really works with most hair colors. In my opinion, Breeder’s Cup purple is an easy color to work with.
I have designed hats and fascinators featuring the racing colors for different stables. Polly Singer Couture Hats is known as the expert for designing custom hats using all sorts of colors. I haven’t been stumped yet. Challenged but not stumped!
At one point in the late 1990’s, I almost moved to Del Mar, California. It holds a very special place in my heart. There is so much to see in San Diego. I would encourage people to visit for the entire week. I loved San Diego’s Old Town, Balboa Park, the Gaslamp District, Hotel Del Coronado, Encinatas, etc. It just doesn’t end.
So enjoy your trip to the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Classic, either via your armchair or visiting the Del Mar Race Track. Visit Breeder’s Cup
The Breeders’ Cup Race Hats and History
When race day arrives, what is one of the most important wardrobe pieces you need to have? There are a few key pieces of your Breeders’ Cup outfit that you will want to plan in advance for if you want to arrive in style, and what’s really interesting is that even the official Breeders’ Cup Race website agrees with us – your hat!
As a World Championship race, the ultimate in fashion is what you can expect to find on every attendee at this horse race, and you’ll have two days to present your own unique style.
Hats in various styles are popular at this esteemed fall horse race, and we have several examples for you to consider on our Breeder’s Cup Hats page.
The official color for the BC is purple, and it is a popular color, for sure, yet it is no the only color you’ll see! Fall colors are always a favorite, with midnight blue, earth tones, burgundy, and even teal making a showing. If the days are chilly, you’ll see people layering their clothing with stylish jackets, shawls, suits, and even an elegant pantsuit.
When you’re choosing a hat for the Breeders’ Cup, there are a few things to take into consideration:
- The color, fabric and look of your outfit.
- Your height – if you are tall, broad and medium-sized brims, fascinators and the hybrid “hatinator” are popular choices.
- If you are vertically challenged, small to medium-sized brims are often more appropriate, as are fascinators.
For a beautiful selection of hats, hatinators, and fascinators perfectly suited for the BC race, visit Polly Singer’s HatsAndVeils.net store to choose from a gorgeous selection of hats. Be sure to order in advance if you want a custom hat for the Breeders’ Cup, as each of Polly’s hats are handmade and come in a beautiful signature hat box, yet custom orders require special attention and it is best to make arrangements in advance whenever possible.
We don’t want to forget the men! A fedora is a popular choice at the race, and this type of hat can be designed in various shapes and sizes, with felt recommended for the cooler season. Fit is important, but you’re in great hands with Polly, so don’t hesitate to give her a call to ask questions regarding fit or style.
Whether you choose from one of our ready-made hats, or a custom hat, you can rest assured that your design will be unique, original, and crafted to make a statement in keeping with your personal style.
The color trends change from year-to-year, and for 2017 we have some incredible options! The Pantone 2017 colors are Grenadine, Tawny Port, Ballet Slipper, Butterum, Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Shaded Spruce, Golden Lime, Marina and Autumn Maple. The options are truly gorgeous and we are already busy creating hats that reflect the most recent color trends, along with those more in keeping with the traditional elegance of this Grade 1 Thoroughbred horse race, spanning two days. (You can read that article here.)
2015 was the first time a Triple Crown had been won since the Breeders’ Cup inception in 1982, and thus created the first opportunity for a horse to win a “Grand Slam;” amazingly enough, American Pharoah did just that in an exciting wire-to-wire finish at the Breeders’ Cup Classic!
This event attracts the top horses from North America, as well as Europe. Although the Cup was met with significant skepticism in the racing community originally, support has increased exponentially since then and it achieved significant popularity both here in the United States and abroad.
Thirteen Cup championship races take place over the course of the two days, and the last several years have seen sellout crowds for both days of the event.
If you’re attending the Cup this year, let us know in the comments below or reach out to us on the Polly Singer Couture Hats Facebook page. We would love to see a photo of you in your hat, or even a pic of the hat you wore last year if you’re keeping this year’s hat a secret until the big day.
If you’re wearing a Polly Singer original, we definitely want to see pictures of you and your hat, so please circle back on Facebook and share it with us!
Most people think that the major horse races occur in the spring and summer. However the Breeder’s Cup is the biggest weekend in horse racing, second only to the Kentucky Derby.
This year’s Breeder’s Cup Race is on November 4th and 5th, at Santa Anita Park.
If I was attending Breeder’s Cup, here are a few selections that I might consider. Visit our Breeder’s Cup page.
While I love this dress, it has a lot going on in the pattern. I think a simple fascinator in this soft, shimmery shade of gray would highlight the dress nicely.
I love the soft flow of this pale pink dress. It’s contemporary, comfortable for a day at the races. I think Snowdrop has the flirtiness and flow to work with this cool, trendy dress.
Nothing is as dramatic to me as a hot red dress. I adore the lines on the back of this dress. Add the Ellie hatinator/saucer hat to this for a drop dead winning combination. Be prepared to stop for lots of photos. The cameras will not be able to resist you in this combination!
The perfect Breeder’s Cup classic!
Don’t forget that Breeder’s Cup is just around the corner. November 4th and 5th at Santa Anita Race Track.