You wouldn’t think getting dressed to attend a horse show as a spectator would require much effort. But when that show is the Hampton Classic, one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States, you take some time to plan your look.
Since I’ve been going to The Classic for nearly a decade now, I have some thoughts when it comes to outfits, namely how to stay cool, be comfortable, and look cute. The show is outdoors, meaning that even on a beautiful summer day, it can get hot quickly, and few spots offer much protection from the sun. Also, the show grounds are entirely on grass, making trying to wear anything but flats (or maybe wedges, if you are intrepid) difficult. Aside from that, even the most careful stroller will have to contend with the dirt, so I wouldn’t recommend wearing your best shoes. Keeping these things in mind makes it easier to pick out your outfit of the day.
This year, I had the perfect dress from Loft in mind. I spotted it a couple of months ago when I was in my local store looking to replace my white jeans, and I instantly thought it would be great for the Hampton Classic. This ruffle tiered midi dress was an ideal length to wear to the show, as it wasn’t long enough to reach the ground, and the fabric was lightweight, making it easy to stay cool in. On top of that, the color is always on brand when at a horse show (think blue ribbons). I paired it with my Loft denim jacket that goes with everything for some added sun protection for my shoulders and wore my Jack Rogers flats, which are my go-to sandals for the show. Of course, no look would be complete without my Joanna hat from Equisite Elements of Style. I purchased the straw hat at the last horse show I attended for some added sun protection, and it did not disappoint. I love the large brim, which is both stylish and functional, and the added pop of blue coordinated nicely with my ensemble. I can’t recommend this hat enough, especially when you’re in the sun all day. But the best part is the fit. I have a hard time finding hats that don’t slide down on my head, and this one fits snugly and isn’t going anywhere, even on a breezy day. I always get compliments when I wear this hat (and it’s so stylish that I’m even thinking of hanging it on my wall as decor when it’s not in use).
If you haven’t made it to The Classic yet, there’s still plenty of time to hit the show grounds in Bridgehampton, New York, before it wraps up this year on Sunday, September 3. And, if you do go, make sure to peruse the vendors at the Boutique Gardens and say hello to Brianne at the Equisite booth, where you can shop my hat and her new fall/winter collection!
P.S. Check out this Reel for some behind-the-scenes from my time at the show on Opening Day!