Steeplechase is basically Nashville’s way of saying “Let summer begin!” Seriously, far more than Memorial Day, Steeplechase is when all will agree that flip flops are okay and linen is once again a mainstay in our wardrobe choices. Today, we are showcasing fashions for both men and women, as well as sharing some pointers from MODA Image Consulting owner, Mila Grigg.
Men’s Fashion for Steeplechase:
Today, we are starting out at J. Michael’s. We have put together a couple of looks for the man who has a grey or tan suit that he needs to update for this daylong event at the track. For men, think fun. Mix some patterns. Seriously, for a guy, if you go all out, it’s only to be more respected and embraced by everyone around you!
Next, let’s look at the basic grey suit and how to liven it up:
Next, I stopped by The Oxford Shop looking for sport coats, fun colors and patterns. My aim was to find some options that could update what a guy might already have in his closet.
One last stop was J. McLaughlin, in their men’s section.
The best men’s hats I found were at Stacey Rhodes Boutique by Carol Carr. It’s not just the ladies who can have fun with a hat. Men, these are calling your name! The prices I saw were $149-$249.
Women’s Fashion for Steeplechase:
As we head into women’s fashion, I want to highlight a few words of advice from Image Consultant Mila Grigg (www.modaimageconsulting.com):
Shoes: “A nude wedge is a safe and chic option. I would choose a leather or cork verses a rope wedge–rope can tend to add bulk to your feet, and you want to keep a clean line with your dress!
Hat: “Have a ball with your hat; just make sure it fits proportionally to your frame. The brim and the crown should not overpower your narrow face. Or if you have a larger head, keep the feathers and flowers to a minimum and decide to have a bit more fun with your dress. Think of a mullet: business in the front, party in the back. If you decide to go wild with your hat (the party), find a classic dress with a simpler pattern to accent your shape (the business).”
Dress: “You don’t want the dress pattern to fight with the flowers, birds or feathers on your head. Dress length is important–right above the knee is perfection. Many of my clients don’t want to show their knees, and we keep it right below the knee cap. If you decide to go below the knee, make sure to add height with a wedge so you don’t chop off your length. Have fun with color this year; be bold and use fashion to tell the world who you are and invite them to get to know you.”
Next, we walked across the street at The Hill Center Green Hills to J. McLaughlin:
Now, let’s talk shoes. Leave any heels, with the exception of a wedge, at home. You are walking across dirt and grass and your heels will sink. Flat sandals work, as well.
Our first stop was Stacey Rhodes Boutique for these sandals:
Next, I found some fun shoes with vintage flair at Kayce Hughes:
We hit the jackpot at Elaine Turner. Did you know that her shoes have two layers of memory foam for added comfort? Just found that out myself! Comfort + style is all I want:
Hats: This is where you can go conservative or go wild.
My first stop was Gus Mayer. They carry a large selection of Christine Moore hats. And, if you are reading this early Friday morning, Christine Moore is going to be on the TODAY show discussing hats straight from Churchill Downs! Yes, she’s the TODAY show expert on hats during this Derby weekend! The price range is wide here, under $200 to about $500.
Next I was off to Stacey Rhodes Boutique to check her Carol Carr hats, straight from Palm Beach! Each year, Stacey Rhodes fills her store with hundreds of hats, at many price points, and people flock to find their perfect one. Stacey has hats from $35 to over $500.
Jewelry: With crazy hats and bright dresses, jewelry is often overlooked. But, there’s a large group of women who want to wear a solid dress, a simple hat and then shine in some statement jewelry. It’s a great look.
My first stop was Kendal Boutique:
Next, I headed down to the Gulch, as I knew there were a couple necklaces from Two Old Hippies that I wanted to highlight. Have you been to Two Old Hippies yet? It’s just a blast. It’s a music venue, guitar and mandolin store AND a lifestyle store with fashions, gifts and a newly launched home collection. I really do have a weakness for their jewelry.
And, since turquoise is seriously catching my eye as of late, here are a couple more goodies:
There are plenty of places to shop for Steeplechase, but get out there and support your bricks and mortar establishments. Enjoy!