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The Style of Steeplechase



There are many traditions surrounding Iroquois Steeplechase, one of which is the whimsical wardrobe. When it comes to a dress code, Nashville doesn’t shy away. Thousands of men, women and even children ascended the lush green course at Percy Warner Park in their finest “rite of Spring” fashions. 

Ladies leaned into the pastels and bright color palettes in pretty pinks and purples, and bold blues and oranges. Popular patterns were florals, polka-dots and stripes. Monochromatic moments proved to make an impact, as one of the best dressed female nominees wore a head to toe violet look. The winner of best dressed female wore a stunning silk Ramona LaRue horse-printed kaftan, which totally wowed us. We spotted several other stallion themed accessories, including crystal earrings and a vintage wooden clutch with painted ponies. 

Some may say the day is all about racing, but we say it is all about the hat spotting. From oversized wide brims to extra tall fascinators, we scanned the crowds for the most fabulous headwear. A few notable styles included extravagant pheasant feathers and gravity defying geometric head pieces. The winner of best hat went to a woman in a homemade sky-high butterfly fascinator, and the most outrageous was a mint julep perfectly perched on a headband, ice and mint included! 

Gentlemen attendees looked ever so dapper in colorful lightweight suits and playful patterns including plaid, gingham and equestrian prints. We particularly appreciated a few men who sported mint green jackets that cleverly matched their juleps. The accessories were not just a woman’s game at Steeplechase! Blokes topped off their looks with fedoras, boater hats and even towering top hats. The winner of best dressed male scored with his attention to detail, donning a gold horse lapel pin, a silk scarf and a straw hat. 

As we stood on the track and admired the colorful array of attire in the stands, we were astounded by the community’s commitment to Iroquois Steeplechase traditions. Everyone is all in on the fun and the fundraising. The day was a picture perfect success in every way.

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