What to Wear

This year marks the first-ever Breeders’ Cup World Championships at the beautiful beachside Del Mar Racetrack in southern California. “Where the Turf Meets the Surf’ often bests describes the lifestyle and fashion for dressing up in Del Mar. The Del Mar Racetrack backdrop consists of the classic ‘California dreamin’ scenery, warm sunshine, traditional tall palm trees, and stylish spectators. Dress your BEST when it comes to the 2017 Breeders’ Cup! Remember, Ladies and gents, always top off the outfit with your favorite fascinator or fedora from Christine Moore Millinery, the Official Milliner of the Breeders’ Cup.

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

Del Mar, California weather in the month of November is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures from mid-to-low 70°F, and evening temperatures can potentially drop into the low 60°’s. Layering with your favorite cashmere wraps to light-weight trendy jackets will be key for this year’s Breeders’ Cup.

Classic White

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.

Bright and Bold

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.

Exciting Prints and Patterns

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!

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