This year the Virginia Gold Cup takes place on May 4, 2013 at The Great Meadow in the Plains, VA. Every year since 1922 the Virgina Gold Cup has drawn horse race enthusiasts and families around the world to their steeplechase race.

Simply put, the day will be filled with pastels, preppies, horses, day drinking, food and good weather. The combination makes for an awesome time of tailgating, building new friendships and nurturing current relationships. Trust me, a good bond can be built around a nice glass of whiskey and a cigar.

If you are a regular to horse races, then you may know the unwritten dress code. If you aren’t a regular, then I’m sure you have seen at least one on television. The unwritten dress code: dress to impress! This is one sporting event that everyone is ready to show off their new Spring duds. So to help you pick the perfect outfit or to get ideas, I’ve put together a couple outfits that will not only keep you in “dress code” but also stand out for the 2013 Virginia Gold Cup.

*All the options below take into account of fickle Spring weather. Best to have light layers and peel off as needed.

Mint Julep

Pants // Dockers Alpha Khaki
Shirt // Ralph Lauren
Blazer // Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Two Button Linen Blazer
Watch // Swiss Army Airboss Automatic Watch
Belt // Nordstrom
Pocket Square // Charles Tyrwhitt
Shoes // Sperry Top Sider Authentic Boat Shoe

The Great Meadow

Suit // Maison Martin Margiela
Shirt // Brooks Brothers Oxford Strip Shirt
Belt // W. Leinberg
Watch // Bulova
Pocket Square // Canali
Shoes // John Lobb William Leather Monk Strap
Hat //Goorin Bros.


Blazer // J. Crew Ludlow
Shirt // Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton Striped Shirt
Pants // J. Crew Broken-in Chino
Tie // Brioni Neat Dot Silk Tie
Belt // John W. Nordstrom
Watch // Michael Kors Bradshaw Watch
Pocket Square // Robert Talbott Paisley
Shoes // Cole Haan – Dwight

The Box Seat

Suit // J. Crew Linen Ludlow Suit
Shirt // Brooks Brothers Classic Oxford
Belt // Allen Edmonds Manistee Brogue Leather Belt
Watch // Brera
Pocket Square // Paul Smith
Shoes // Cole Haan – Air Madison Monk Strap

The Capital Club

Blazer // Brooks Brothers FItzgerald Seersucker
Shirt // Brooks Brothers Classic Shirt
Pants // Brooks Brothers Clark Garment-Dyed Twill Chinos
Belt // John W. Nordstrom
Watch // Citizen
Pocket Square // Neiman Marcus
Shoes // Cole Haan – Carter

Tailgate Prep

Polo // Ralph Lauren Custom Fit Polo
Pants // Brooks Brothers Milano Garment Dyed Twill Chinos
Belt // Brooks Brothers
Jacket // Polo Ralph Lauren Windbreaker
Bracelet // Miansai
Shoes // Sebago Spinnaker Boat Shoe

The After Party

Blazer // Joseph Abboud Cotton Blazer
Shirt // Ralph Lauren
Jeans // Levi’s Original Fit for Brooks Brothers
Belt // W. Kleinberg
Pocket Square // Scott James
Ring // Alexander McQueen
Watch // Philip Stein Teslar
Shoes // Grenson Marcel Slippers

*Jeans are rarely seen at Gold Cup – If you choose not to wear jeans, they can be opted for blue slacks.

-Phaon K. Spurlock

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