Breeders’ Cup: Perfecta Your Look


With two full days of championship races and stylish parties, Breeders’ Cup stylist and milliner to the stars Christine A. Moore explains why the experience of the World Championships warrants more elegant fashion attire than even the Kentucky Derby.

For men, a slight-wool or rayon suit and a fedora is a tradition of the Breeders’ Cup. However, a nice sports coat and pants will also work, as long as the fabric is comfortable and suitable for the Santa Anita weather. Add an extra touch of class with a striking long or bow tie. Use a pocket square to splash a handsome touch of color.

A classic chic dress is a woman’s best option—think solid colors with fabric treatment like draping, pleats, a jacquard,
or a textured lace. Shift and “A-line” cuts
just above the knee are perfect, while sleeveless or cap sleeves will keep you cool
in the hot California sun. And with so many Breeders’ Cup attractions to see, a wedge-style shoe may be a woman’s best friend.

“A head without a hat is like a horse without a jockey” says Moore. Women should consider a chic fascinator or even a “hatinator”—a combo hat and fascinator inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. Men should play with fresh takes on the popular stingy-brim fedora. Wear it up in the front for that jazz look or down for classic Sinatra style.

Keep in mind the darker, jewel toned colors of fall and the naturally stunning backdrop of Santa Anita. Also, since the hottest colors for fall are dark fuchsia and purple—the signature Breeders’ Cup trademark—expect to see a lot of this hue at the track. Other popular colors are navy and royal, brown and brandy, and greens and teals.

Make a dramatic statement with your color and fabric choices and use the event as an excuse to splurge on your best outfit in 2014. “Have fun, be adventurous and don’t be afraid to attract a little attention,” says Moore. “The cameras will love you.”