StyleBlueprint gets flooded with questions every spring about what to wear to Steeplechase. I always say, “Pick a dress that you can sweat in, one you can throw a cotton cardigan over and one that can get caught in the rain. Oh, and make sure the dress isn’t too short. People will talk.” That pretty much defines the perfect Steeplechase dress. Two more things to know? Hats are a must and a wedge works better than a heel.
*Update: after a certain video went viral, ladies, wear your panties okay?!
Here are some great options:
Steeplechase is about fun, community, traditions and charity. As this is Nashville, there is an “appropriate attire.” But, there is also the ability to have fun and giggle at ourselves collectively. This is when we break out those big hats with birds, flowers and feathers on top, those crazy ties, embroidered peach pants and (sometimes) bright pink rain boots. The more flamboyant you are, the far more likely you are to have your picture end up in the next year’s Steeplechase LookBook.
The Steeplechase LookBook is a wonderful publication created and published by Bagwell Macy. It is always filled with fun suggestions for how to “do” Steeplechase – including plenty of pictures from the previous year’s Steeplechase enthusiasts. Revenue from all the ads in this high-gloss magazine benefits the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Amazingly enough, Damon Bagwell spends four and a half months putting the LookBook together, and he doesn’t charge a penny for it. This publication is filled with gorgeous photography by Michael Gomez, who also completely donates his services. And, the paper and printing is at cost. You like it even more now, don’t you?