Step into Spring with Steeplchase Style 5

Stand out in the crowd with fashion-forward apparel

The Iroquois Steeplechase, Nashville’s Day at the Races, falls exactly one week after the world-renown Kentucky Derby. And just like the Run for the Roses, it marks the unofficial beginning of the spring and summer social season.

While The Iroquois does not rival The Derby in terms of scope and scale, it stands shoulder-to-shoulder (hat-to-hat?) with its famous northern neighbor when it comes to fashion and style. And whether you’re a lady who wants to stand out in the crowd, or a gentleman who prefers something more traditional, it’s time to treat yourself to something you’ll want to wear on the second Saturday in May, and all season long.

This eye-catching, midi-length dress by Blaque Label is a sure bet to turn heads in the box seats at the Iroquois Steeplechase. The unique contemporary cactus print in fresh shades of green and fuchsia sets it apart from the crowd.

You’ll also be in the running for the Best Hat Award in this gorgeous, one-of-a-kind handmade hat by Carol Carr Millinery. It is in perfect proportion to the dress and creates a classic silhouette. The upswept brim is bound in green grosgrain-ribbon, adorned with hand-shaded flowers in pink, white and green. Black and white feathers sit atop the bouquet and an exquisite Lady Amherst feather in shades of lime green wraps elegantly around the crown.

“The hat is handmade and one-of-a-kind, making it very special,” says Stacey Rhodes of Stacey Rhodes Boutique in Brentwood. “Women take their hats seriously at the Steeplechase and the Derby and want to know that no one is wearing the same one. The cactus print is very unique and the tea-length and the full skirt make it sophisticated, yet youthful and edgy. This outfit would be equally appropriate for a wedding, luncheon or outdoor reception.”

Men’s fashion for the Steeplechase has grown quickly to be as competitive and as stylish as women’s fashion. This single-breasted, power blue, 3-piece seersucker suit is the quintessential classic that is synonymous with southern culture and style. The additional spats, trilby, and multi-colored oxfords provide an additional level of sophistication that’s sure to impress.

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