What to Wear

At the ‘Super Bowl of horseracing' one must definitely dress to impress. The Del Mar backdrop consists of a beautiful California Dreamin’ scenery, warm sunshine, and super stylish spectators trackside. So, don’t “skimp” when it comes to the outfit. Ladies and gents will be wearing their finest frocks topped off with their most fashionable fascinator or fedora.

Turf Club Dress Code

If you're sitting in the Turf Club at Del Mar, there are a few dress code restrictions you must adhere to:

  • Gentlemen: Suit or sport jacket must be worn at all times. A sport shirt with jacket may be worn. Ties are optional.
  • Ladies: Suits or daytime dresses/slacks.
  • Tailored Denim may be worn.
  • Inappropriate Attire: Denim that is ripped, torn or oversized, shorts, t-shirts, athletic wear, flip-flops, abbreviated clothing.
  • Children over 12 years of age are expected to abide by the dress policy.

2017 Style Tips

This year, we focus on the following style trends provided by from classic whites, bold and bright, and exciting prints.

Accessorize in the best! Completing the look with a Christine A. Moore hat, fascinator, or fedora is a must at the Breeders’ Cup. The shoes should be nothing but glamourous. We absolutely love the new Christina Lombardi collection featuring fine craftsmanship and luxurious leather from Italy.

Ladies: Think classic and elegant for Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Subtle details like lace, beading, or embroidery will add just the right amount of pizazz for race day. Jazz it up with a showstopping heel like these featured by Christina Lombardi, the black suede ‘Nicole’.

Gents: Break up the monotone look with a touch of Breeders’ Cup purple in your tie or pocket square.

Ladies: Dress fashionably, but it’s important to be functional for a long day and evening of exciting races. Wearing a dress that can easily transition from day to night with a simple accessory change is key. For example, wear wedges during the day, and black suede heels for the evening.

Gents: Break out your boldest and brightest colored sport coat and coordinate with your date.

Ladies: Stand out in the crowd with some exciting prints and patterns for the Breeders’ Cup this year. You never know who you may run into in the Turf Club or trackside VIP areas. Standing amidst stylish celebrities like Elizabeth Banks, Bobby Flay, Kate Upton, and Carson Kressley on the purple carpet is just one reason to sport some exciting prints and patterns this year.

Gents: Go big or go home. Jazz up the suit with a printed bowtie and pocket square. From polka dots to paisley prints and horseshoes to horse bits, these print details will spark conversation not only amongst the group, but maybe even spark some new relationships.

Don’t forget the kids! Color coordinate with your “mini me” in matching accessories, but as we always say… One can never go wrong wearing the color purple!


Don’t miss your chance to see, and be seen with, the VIP crowd as you watch the world’s finest race horses compete on the track.

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