Fashion at the Races: Black-and-White Belmont

By Briana Mott, courtesy of Fashion at the Races, @fashionatraces

For the first Breeders' Cup Challenge race, we're setting the fashion bar pretty high. You'll want to dress your best for Belmont Park. Why, you ask? Because it's New York City, of course!

The Metropolitan Handicap, aka the Met Mile, falls on Saturday, June 7, sharing the afternoon with the excitement of the Belmont Stakes. Black-and-white is your on-track trend here. Channel the timeless glamour of the New York City native in an all-black ensemble, a patterned monochrome dress, or a tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit, and be ready for a fantastic day at the races.

Make a statement with your millinery, and let your headwear express your personality. Wear a classic brimmed piece for a more retro look. You can also choose a feathery fascinator or artistic hatinator -- anything but a floppy sun hat goes, girls! See what's available and pick up a great piece from the Breeders' Cup official milliner, Christine A. Moore, at Fashion at the Races.

If you wear an all-black or all-white dress, put extra effort into your headwear. This will set you apart from the crowd. Your other fun accessory for the day will be your handbag — if you want to add a pop of color or a fun pattern, this is another way to do so.

Belmont Park is a heel-friendly track, so have a blast with your favorite shoes. As always, raceday shoe rules apply: Add those Dr. Scholl's and bring a few band-aids!

This is your chance to be a native New Yorker for a day. Get inspired by the fashion capital of the world, and show off your style at the Met Mile. It's a win — you're in!