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Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks

August 16, 2010

This past weekend I went up to Boston for my soon to be sister-in-law’s bachelorette party. As a lover of horses, she has always wanted to go and see a real live horse race, so we surprised her and took her to Suffolk Downs, the local race track in Boston. To jazz things up a bit, we decided to turn this event into our own mini Kentucky Derby, so we bought ridiculously giant hats, wore summery sun dresses and booked a driver to escort us to the races.

there are a few hats missing in this picture, but you get the idea •

Despite the fact that I had been warned about Suffolk Downs’ less than fashionable crowd, I admit that I still imagined it to be like that famous scene in My Fair Lady when they go to the Ascot Races.

Boy was I wrong. We stood out like flowers in December amongst a sea of jeans and t-shirts. People just don’t get dressed up like they used to. Sure, there’s the Kentucky Derby where everyone from college drunks to Miranda Kerr get dazzled up in big hats and fancy ensembles, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if every horse race required this kind of dress code? There just aren’t enough events anymore that demand upscale and posh attire.

Despite the lack of fashionable get-ups, we had an absolutely wonderful time and even won a couple bucks on one of our bets! However, being the fashion focused girl that I am, I’ve gathered some incredible photos of horse race fashion from earlier decades where everyone is impeccably dressed.

photos via tumblr & google image search
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2010 4:45 pm

    Love the old photos from the horse races!! It really makes me wanna go to the Kentucky Derby next year…it’s officially on my list.

    xxo Kelly
    Glamourous Spirit

  2. August 24, 2010 6:56 am

    people are stupid

  3. August 24, 2010 7:12 pm

    Haha. Cool David…

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