Steeplechase: What to Wear?

The LookBook’s inaugural Steeplechase Fashion Show on April 14th will inspire men and women alike on what to wear to the 70th running of the Iroquois Steeplechase.

To order your tickets, simply click on this invitation.

We know there is a pent-up desire for such an event, as 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.

Gus Mayer. Dress: Lela Rose, $1295; Hat: Christine Moore, $370; Bag: Sandra Roberts, $470.

Join Gus Mayer on April 29th and 30th for a Christine Moore trunk show featuring this gorgeous line of hats. Christine will be on hand to answer any questions.10am-6pm.

Gus Mayer. Dress: Lela Rose, $1595. Hat: Christina Moore, $698. Bag: Sandra Roberts, $525.



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.

Who says you have to buy a designer hat? Check out this homemade beauty! Photo credit: Courtesy Steeplechase LookBook


Photo credit: Courtesy Steeplechase LookBook


George “Bucky” Sallee, the official Steeplechase bugler. Photo credit: Courtesy Steeplechase LookBook


Wow. Gorgeous. Photo credit: Courtesy 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.

The LookBook cover 2010. This year’s cover will be unveiled at the April 14th fashion show.

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?

The Steeplechase LookBook super-serves the box-holder demographic and is mailed directly to the home addresses of these race supporters.  The other 5000+ copies are placed around Nashville for you and me to pick up – FOR FREE.  Pick up this year’s LookBook to read about StyleBlueprint‘s favorite Steeplechase cocktail.

Stacey Rhodes Boutique. Dress: Max and Cleo, $158. Hat: Rosebud, $398.


Join Stacey Rhodes Boutique on April 21 from 5-8 pm at her 9th annual An Affair of the Hat trunk show, featuring Palm Beach hat designer Carol Carr and honorary chair Cathi Aycock (aka the Tennessean’s Style Diva).  The $10 suggested donation, as well as a percentage of the sales, will benefit the The T.J. Martell Foundation.  Wine and Champagne will be served.

Stacey Rhodes Boutique. Dress: Laundry, $195. Hat: (actually a fascinator) Carol Carr, $459

With Kate Middleton fever running high, these “head band” fascinators are becoming very much embraced by us Southeners…

As mentioned, 2011 marks the inaugural Steeplechase LookBook Fashion Show. This is one of those events that, once announced, caused us to say in unison, “Of course.  Why hasn’t this been going on for ages?”  The fashion show will be great fun at a very reasonable price. Both men and women will enjoy it.  I’ve heard in great detail about the market place, the food and the clothes – very fun.  And, between you and me, there will be some serious eye candy for the women on the stage… fashion shows aren’t only about pretty women walking down that runway. Check out the LookBook Steeplechase Fashion Show website:

Macy’s. Dress: Jessica Simpson $98; Hat: Giovannio $100

Macy’s: wedges and platforms: A bit high for me, but these do work well on grass.  From left: BCBG Generation, $110; Inc. $79; Michael Kors $140

Macy’s. Dress: Taylor: $158; Hat: Giovannio $100

Boutiques involved in this Fashion Show include many of our favorites:

Gus Mayer
J. McLaughlin
Stacey Rhodes
H. Audrey

General admission tickets are only $40. Click here to order your tickets.

Be sure to see StyleBlueprint’s THIS WEEK section with a complete listing of Lexus Nashville Fashion Week activities as well as our $1,500+ giveaways!