Women’s Fashion: Equestrian Etiquette

Dressing for The Hampton Classic


Feminine Frocks

It’s hard to decide what is more lovely on a summer afternoon—the horses running across the pristine greens, or the pretty array of summer sundresses filling the stands. You’ll see a wide range of outfits—from casual rompers to flowy maxi dresses, but you can’t go wrong with a great dress, especially in the VIP tents. Erin Fetherston dresses are feminine and preppy, with clean lines and romantic prints that channel the likes of Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly. The Tessa Dress features an ivory ponte knit with a fit and flare style that is universally flattering. The sheer stripes at the waist and hem add a bit of edge and the sleeveless style will show off your sun-kissed arms. ($295, erinfetherston.com)

Wearable Wedges    

There won’t be any divots to stomp, but don’t be the one creating them with your stilettos! For any event on the lawn, wedges are highly recommended, unless you’re trying to irrigate the grass and ruin your heels as you walk! Lanvin’s wedges combine an espadrille-inspired heel with a beautiful wooden sole for a summery look, and a neutral snakeskin-effect leather strap goes with everything. ($690, net-a-porter.com)

Top it Off 

Shade your face in style! When picking a hat, think more downtown than derby. While hats are wonderful accessories to keep the sun off and your hair down, avoid the fascinators and Chiquita Banana look. Instead, choose a hat with a simple frame and fun accents, like Eugenia Kim’s tulle-trimmed sunhat. The black grosgrain band breaks up the neutral toyo paper, and the delicate tulle trim adds interest to the edge. ($415, net-a-porter.com)

Keep it Light

The hot sunny afternoons at the Classic grounds may be fashion-forward, but without the dazzle of evening affairs. Keep your jewelry as light and natural as your outfit, by opting for pieces made of natural materials or with fun, colorful accents. Sea Elise’s “6th Street” earrings or Cove necklace both beautifully incorporate tassels, one of the summer’s biggest jewelry trends that is also slightly equestrian without being obvious. ($65 and $95, seaelise.com)