If there ever was a reason to dress in our often too casual a world it is for the races! Fashion is a huge part of the fun. One reason many list the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup on their bucket list is for the top-notch fashion. To be fully involved in these outrageous sporting events, one must dress the part! Don’t miss out by underestimating the power of dressing appropriately for the two days of Breeders’ Cup.

It's two full days of the best of everything — the best horses, jockeys, and races, plus the best fashion, food, and parties. You'll want to shine in true Breeders' Cup 2015 style. Women wear elegant dresses with the finest fascinators and stunning hats, men wear suits, bowties, and pocket squares with a classic fedora.

Go all out and don’t be upstaged. Go for the look that will turn heads, and remember, “A head without a hat is like a horse without a jockey!"

Christine A. Moore, Official Milliner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup

Christine A. Moore

Christine A. Moore started as a costume designer in the theater. It was during her theatrical milliner days while making hats for Broadway shows that she dreamed of starting a fashion millinery company. In 1994 she founded Christine A. Moore Millinery based in the heart of the fashion district of NYC. Since then she has created countless collections and designs a wide range of styles. She is best most known for her explosive Kentucky Derby racing styles, one of which is in the Kentucky Derby Museum. Her hats have been used in the official artwork of both Churchill Downs and the Breeders’ Cup. In 2009 she partnered with Churchill Downs and Mattel to design the official Kentucky Derby Barbie. Christine has been on the TODAY show for the past six years live from Churchill Downs as well as Access Hollywood and countless news segments across the country to talk about hats and fashion. NBC calls her the milliner to the Triple Crown, and Breeder’s Cup calls her their official milliner. Her wide range of styles, quality and comfort has made her one of the top hat designers in the U.S. She is known for studying the essence of an event, designing hats that reflect her findings and creating them. For horseracing events, Christine works closely with most of the major tracks in the US to personalize and perfect their unique styles. She has worked with America's Best Racing and other well-known companies to highlight fashion and lifestyles at the races as well as to generate fans for the sport. Christine has brought the art of millinery to life through her distinctive style, her attention to detail and her unsurpassed skills. Her hats have graced many magazine covers including InStyle with Katy Perry and Vanity Fair with Jennifer Lopez.

Christine A. Moore

Each hat Christine designs starts with a sketch, which is then realized. When those sketches come to life, they are begging to be worn. From start to finish, Christine strives to make every hat come alive and to create the best product possible. And as the” Queen of Hats," there was no better fashion partner for the Breeders' Cup.

Christine's hats will be worn at all 2015 Breeders’ Cup events October 29-31. We recommend contacting her in advance so you can have your own unique custom Breeders’ Cup design. Christine and her team will design a style right for you and coordinate the colors with all your Breeders’ Cup outfits. She will also be more than happy to design your fascinator or hat in your favorite silk colors! You can also order from the shopping page of this website or meet her at one of her Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” trunk shows (see list of dates and stores below). For those who love last minute fashion, Christine’s hats will be available during Breeders’ Cup at the track, the Keeneland Gift Shop, and at Lexington’s Marriot Griffin Gate and Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel.

General Fashion

A day at the races is the ultimate “fashion’s day out," and whether you are male or female, the Breeders’ Cup always calls for the ultimate in dressing. It is the World Championship of horseracing, after all! So as you decide what to wear for this year’s event, the key to dressing in Breeders’ Cup style is to remember elegance and sophistication. A good tip to remember is that with racing attire one element of your ensemble needs to be over the top. You always want to be seen!

Christine A. Moore

The 2015 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky will be wonderful, but remember — it will be chilly! Be assured that no matter the temperature you should dress in fall clothing and colors. Dress comfortably and warm. Wear a dress that is lighter in color and you can still wear a straw hat or a fascinator. Here are some general tips to keep in mind as you decide what to wear. You will definitely want to wear a hat, a fascinator, or a hatinator.

Fascinators create a great silhouette, but if you prefer a hat, no worries — you'll be in great company! Dressing is all about individual personality. Remember to wear shoes that are comfortable. The general consensus is that dressy wedges seem to be the most comfortable for grass and visits to the paddock! As far as colors you can never go wrong with purple or your favorite silks color combination. It is like showing your team spirit! Whatever look you go with, be sure to join in the fun!

Fascinators and Fedoras

The Breeders’ Cup is all about the fascinator and the fedora. Women should consider a chic fascinator or even a “hatinator” (a short crowned full sized hat on a headband). A fascinator is small elegant ornamentation on a headband, comb, or clip. Hatinators are a unique blend of a hat and a fascinator. Wear one to get the size of a medium brimmed hat and the light airiness of a fascinator.

Men should wear a fedora. They come in different shapes and dimension so try on different ones to find the best look and fit for you. Wear it up in the front for that jazz look or down for the classic Sinatra look. As far as this year’s materials, felt or all fabric hats will be the best choice for the season and be in keeping with the climate and the time of year.


Men’s Fashion

Christine A. Moore

As you plan your own fashion and style for this year’s event, always ask yourself what is your attire saying about your personality. A suit is traditional for Saturday, Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, and a jaunty sports coat and pants combination for Friday, Breeders’ Cup Distaff Day. For either one, add an extra touch of class with a striking long tie or a bowtie. Add a pocket square for a handsome touch of color. The fedora is the hat for both days. Look at Breeders’ Cup ‘s shopping page for many styles and colors, but if you don’t see what you are looking for call Christine A. Moore Millinery and Christine will help your and even design a custom look for you. Her men’s hat collection is called “Blake Collection." All of Christine A. Moore Millinery hats have a drawstring in the hatband to adjust for a perfect fit. We can also make a custom hat and all you have to do is provide your head size. Proper fit is important and hats should fit squarely and comfortably on your head. Think about a good straw like a Panama if the weather is going to be warmer. If it is cooler think about a felt fedora. The width of the hat is equally important as it shapes your face and cheekbones. You want the crown of your hat to be wider than your cheekbones. If you are tall, go for a taller crown and a wider brim. If you are shorter, go for the smaller brim and a crown that complements your face shape. Then, ask yourself how bold you want to be. If you don’t think your look is complete, place your hat on an angle to proclaim your distinctive style. As far as colors go choose a hat color and trim to match your suit. For Breeders’ cup 2015, you cannot go wrong with fall jewel tones. Remember purple is a jewel tone and is Breeders’ Cup main color.

Women's Fashion

Christine A. Moore

The Breeders’ Cup is two full days of racing, standing, cheering, and more importantly, partying. So, your appearance should be elegance to the nines and comfortable! A classic chic dress is a woman's best option — solid colors with fabric treatment like draping, and pleats are a perfect option as well. Lace, embroidery, and prints in a fitted, tailored silhouette are fabulous as well. As for footwear, remember you will be walking all over, so think about a wedge style shoe. As far as colors – the hottest colors for fall are marsala as well as a calming, dusty shade of strong earth-tones like mustard, brandy, evening blue and olive green. Purple, which is Breeders’ Cup’s signature color, is always a terrific pick!

This year with the Breeders’ Cup in Lexington, a dress with a jacket or a suit will be the best as you will most certainly need a cover to keep warm. If the dress you choose is clean cut, being bold with your hat will allow you to express your individuality. In comparison to other races, hats at the Breeders’ Cup are clean and orderly with elegant trim and bold, strong lines. Remember, there is a hat that looks good on any face, just be sure to choose the right shape for your face, and the right fabric and trim to complement your dress or suit. And for every face, asymmetry is always best. Here are a few tips to help you make the right hat choice. Taller women look great in broad and medium brims as well as fascinators and hatinators. Shorter women should consider medium to small brims with a taller crown or a fascinator. To elongate your figure, always leave space between your shoulders and the hat. To pull together your entire look, don’t be afraid to play on the signature Breeders’ Cup colors as well as the colors of fall like burgundy, charcoal, teal, dark fuchsia, gold, and orange. As you prepare for the Breeders’ Cup, remember that this fun weekend calls for an elegance all its own. Make your fashion speak for itself! Be bold and make sure you are ready for the attention! Cue the photographers!

Designer Christine A. Moore of Christine A. Moore Millinery would love to meet and design a hat for you specifically. Please come to one of Christine ‘s upcoming trunk shows. For more information about the trunk shows call 212-279-1775 or email

August 2 - Haskell Invitation, Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, New Jersey in Paddock area near the gift shop

August 6 - Saratoga Trunk, Saratoga, New York 12866 (518) 584-3543

August 14-15 - Arlington Million, Arlington Park Race Track, Illinois 60016

Pacific Classic, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club - lead up trunk shows

August 20 - Sheridan Boutique at Ranch Valencia Resort & Spa, Rancho Santa Fe, California (858) 759-6425

August 21 - Studio Savvy Salon, Rancho Santa Fe, California (858) 832-1061

August 26 - Encounter, Saratoga, New York 12866 (518) 450-1450

August 27 - Saratoga Race Course Ronald McDonald Fashion show with Saratoga Trunk, Saratoga, New York 12866v

September 25-26 - Sonia Rose, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (717) 394-3700

September 30-October 1 - Rodes for Her, Louisville, Kentucky (502) 753-1055

October 2-4 - Keeneland Race Course Gift Shop, Lexington, Kentucky (800) 456-3412

October 10 - The Fifth Season Hat Luncheon at the Dean Center for the Performing Arts, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania (570) 724-6910

October 16-17 - Sonia Rose, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, (717) 394-3700

October 23-24 - Rodes for Her, Louisville, Kentucky (502) 753-1055

October 27-28 - Keeneland Race Course Gift Shop, Lexington, Kentucky (800) 456-3412

October 28-30 - BREEDERS’ CUP LOUNGE at the Marriot Griffin Gate & the Hilton Downtown, Lexington, Kentucky

October 29-31 - BREEDERS’ CUP at storedront by paddock, Keeneland


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