Picking the Perfect Outfit for The Preakness

Choosing a stylish look for the Preakness event you plan to attend on May 17th can be a tricky venture.  For the uninitiated: The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. For some, the focus of the event is on the actual thoroughbred race that will take place, but for many of us, creating the perfect Preakness look is a must.  Your Preakness inspired look can be worn to a Preakness viewing event or a gathering at your home with friends to watch the race over fun food and drinks. There are plenty of Preakness inspired events to be found by just a few clicks of your computer mouse or touches to your phone. Philadelphians who are still finalizing their Preakness Plans can purchase their tickets for the Preakness at the Piazza; a fun event that also supports a worthy cause: 100% of the net proceeds of this event benefit Multiple Sclerosis education, wellness programs, and research initiatives. Read on for tips on how to create your perfect Preakness look.

Preakness at the Piazza

Garner inspiration. Peruse Instagram or Pinterest to garner some style inspiration for your Preakness look. There should be plenty of inspiration to choose from being that the Kentucky Derby took place in early May.

Pick a style that flatters. Depending on your figure and height, you may want to pick varying styles. Petite ladies may want to consider dresses with fitted pencil silhouettes. Full figured and plus sized ladies may want to consider A-line dresses or skirts in midi lengths.  Ladies who aren’t into wearing dresses or skirts can consider printed pants or jumpsuits in springy prints, pastels or white.  A blazer can add a nice touch (and a layer of warmth for finicky spring weather) to a variety of looks.

Shop your closet. Before you head to the mall (or to your computer to shop online), look through your existing wardrobe to see what clothing and accessories you already own that could work for the Preakness event. That clutch you bought during the spring sales may work perfectly with your planned Preakness outfit.

Pick the key component to your look: Your Hat! Hats can be the trickiest aspect of completing your Preakness look. Definitely choose a hat with a brim size that flatters your height and size. You can go for a more dramatic look with an exaggerated brim or a smaller brim.

Bringing a date? Make sure your look compliments your gent’s look! There is nothing like a dapper gentleman in a springy inspired suit and hat to top off his look. If you are taking your guy BFF or your beaux to a Preakness event, make sure your outfits complement each other. Coordinating outfits is not a necessity, but definitely makes photo ops and Instagrams more fun. Gentlemen can wear lightweight and summer suits in classic styles and fabrics. Menswear accessories like unique cufflinks and waistcoats are nice touches.

So tell us, what are your some of your Preakness plans this year?