How to Ace Race Style at Del Mar

How to Ace Race Season Style at Del Mar


Summer has returned to Del Mar and we are in the thick of racetrack fashion. Needless to say, this is the time of year where you’ll see the best summer styles – complete with statement hats, bags and heels – on display.

Our styling experts have been getting the women of Del Mar and beyond ready for race season for over 17 years, and we put together our top three tips to guide your summer shopping this year. It’s time to flex your sartorial know-how and find a fit that helps you stand out in all the right ways:

Look for a one-of-a-kind silhouette


This season brings a plethora of stunning styles that are perfect for your racetrack debut.

Off-the-shoulder, bell sleeves, ruffles and large bow details bring a whimsical feel to the pastel summer palette or a splashy print, while see-through mesh paneling and tactful cut-outs show just enough for an outdoor occasion.

If you love these styles in our lookbook, but aren’t sure about them in your closet, then the racetrack is the perfect place to experiment with new shapes and details. Our stylists pointed out that they work one-on-one with women to find a curated look that is all their own (seriously, we only sell one of each design) and flatters assets on and off the racetrack.

Mix it up with a skirt and top

Sometimes, in a sea of dresses, a billowy blouse and flirty skirt can be a bet worth making.

Push the envelope and employ color blocking, mixed prints or a mix-up of styles.

For example, a crisp pinstripe button up can add a dose of prep to a pleated chiffon midi skirt, and works double-time with jeans as summer rolls into fall. The key to pairing separates, is to look for something unexpected - and bring it all together with neutral heels and a bag.

Think about the whole outfit

Hats, fascinators and statement accessories are a fun part of summer at Del Mar but – we admit – it can be a little daunting to put it all together.

Our secret? Curating a whole outfit at the same time.

It can be fun to browse different stores for different pieces, but bringing the whole look
together right in the dressing room is something our stylists love doing. This ensures that no detail or accessory is left out and saves you hours sitting in front of your closet thinking, “but what shoes do I wear?”

And when it comes to those beautiful hats inspired from our friends across the pond? Our team has the best recommendations and ideas to turn the racetrack into your personal catwalk and add some extra oomph in your step.