Hats are in at Arlington Park's biggest race day, the Arlington Million (Photos courtesy Eclipse Sportswire).
One of the best races to start the close of the summer is only a week away.
The Arlington Million is located about 20 minutes outside the fantastic city of Chicago, Ill. On this day, the stylish ladies and gents of the windy city dress for a day at the races and flock to Arlington Heights for the first post of 12:15 p.m. at Arlington Park.
The biggest day of racing for this stylish racetrack expects the highest form of fashion, which can be inspired by none other than the fantastic city in its close realm. Chicago style is all about pushing the boundaries just a bit. You want to show your uniqueness with just a little more jazz than usual. Don't just flock to the LBD for this raceday, pick something out of your closet that you've always been a little too nervous to wear. Nothing too outrageous ... if you think you shouldn't have bought it ... then you’re probably right. As Illinois Native Claire Novak says: "Don't try and make a splash, make a statement."
Channel our two favorite Chicago style icons: Giuliana Rancic and Corri McFadden. Both who we hope will attend this stylish raceday ... (don't worry we are working on it!).
Guiliana's style is always refined but always trendy with the just the right amount of accessories. Corri loves to wear her own line of jewelry, which is usually layered bracelets on her wrist and gold cocktail rings with her signature pop of color on her lips. She always looks laid back but effortlessly stylish and does a fantastic job of picking a stand out piece and pairing with an everyday piece. She makes a statement ... not a splash (Thank you, Claire!).
The races represent the more refined side of fashion but we always include a trendy flair somewhere! This isn't the place for mini skirts and tanks with a sunhat (although we see this all too often), we want to see a more classic sense of style. Whether you're going for a vintage look of a modern print, always channel 'racewear' not 'clubwear.'
Being the biggest raceday at Arlington, this is the time to go all out for your outfit. Start styling it now and get the pieces you need throughout the week leading to Saturday so you're not scrambling at the last minute. Carefully select your dress and hat so that they mix perfectly. We say mix because match can come across too literal. You don't need the hat to match the outfit, it is an accessory, it needs to mix but also be a standout part of your outfit. See Bri's Top 10 Hat picks for the Million.
What we would LOVE to see at the Arlington Million:
With only a week to go you can still get your perfect millinery piece for the big raceday. Email us if you have interest in a specific one in our store, or contact us for a last minute piece from two of our milliners who are right in the city of Chicago! Lisa Farrell and Jenny Pfanenstiel have beautiful pieces that will finish off your outfit perfectly and we can help deliver right to your door (or hotel!)
We are so excited for this raceday and can't wait to see the racing fashion it brings! Besides, why should the horses get all the attention? ;)