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What to Wear to the Races!

Now that spring is finally here, many of us will be gearing up to attend some horse races, both steeple and flat. With that comes the unveiling of some really fun, and functional, spring outdoor styles for both men and women. Here at Springtime, we are excited to attend many of the races in Maryland this year, as well as plan our outfits! We decided to make some quick and fun suggestions as to what to wear to the races.


Women will want to be practical but FUN. When it comes to fashion at the races, color and patterns are always in favor. This year, some of the hottest trends include: bohemian prints, feathered accessories, tie-dye, shorts, big bows, and ruffles.

You of course want to make sure your look will be comfortable in a variety of settings, such as walking around on the grass, and tail-gaiting. You want shoes that won’t sink, so find some fun flats, or even better, some funky wedges will look great and keep your feet above ground.

We would be remiss if we didn’t include hats and fascinators in our conversation about women’s fashion when it comes to races! If you want to keep the sun out of your eyes, you may enjoy a big floppy hat with a bow or some feathers. Don’t want to wear a hat, but still be on-trend? Or do you have a hat you like, but want to update the look? Why not try a fascinator to add a little extra pizazz to your look!


The races are a great opportunity for men, so often limited in their outfit choices, to really have some fun with their looks. Of course, you want your look to be both bold and wearable. This is the time of year to bring out your linen suits. If you want to spice them up, consider pairing your suit with a fun button-down shirt. Tired of wearing a tie? Try a bowtie! They come in many fun patterns and are a great way to mix things up. You can also play with patterns- find a shirt and a tie with the same colors, but in different patterns such as paisley/stripes, or checks/polka dots.

Many men will also want to wear a hat to keep the sun off their faces. Consider adding a feather or a patterned band to the hat to match your outfit. You will also want to carefully consider your shoes as we may be dealing with mud or slippery grass.


Kids will want to follow many of the same fashion trends as their adult counterparts, just remember how much more likely they are to get dirty and grass-stained and plan accordingly!

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