Odds-on Favorite

With a fabulous hat and subtle glamour, you'll be a winner right out of the gate at the Preakness

Preakness Fashion

May 20, 2006|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN REPORTER

Win or lose at the Preakness Stakes, you want to look good doing it. For that, you need a great dress with just the right accessories. May we suggest a fabulous hat, sexy shoes and a handbag big enough to hold (you hope) your winnings? Your jewelry should make a statement, and even your sunglasses could have a subtle equestrian theme.

Subtle is the operative word. You don't want to cover yourself with horsey motifs or black-eyed Susans. You just want to look springlike and fashion-forward - a winner, in other words.

1) You can't attend the Preakness without a great hat. This broad-brimmed black straw chapeau by Jack Connell Boutique with netting, rhinestones and large yellow silk flower fits the bill. From Jones & Jones, Cross Keys; price $185

2) More than a sundress but not too formal, this flirty creation from Cynthia Steffe has a multi-tiered skirt, polka-dot net overlay and skinny patent leather belt. From Sitting Pretty, Annapolis; price $268

3) Black and white glass bead bracelets from Gems by Rococo redefine elegance. From Trillium, Green Spring Station; price $150 each

4) Enough restraint! This faux bling ring is nothing short of fabulous. From Bosom Buddy Bags, Mount Washington; price $18

5) Roomy enough to hold everything, this Balinese straw bag with grosgrain ribbon and vintage ivory horse pin makes a strong fashion statement as well. From Bosom Buddy Bags, Mount Washington; price $175

6) Shoes can make or break an outfit. Strappy black boa-skin sandals with gold pave rings from Luciano Padovan are definitely in the "make" category. From Joanna Gray Shoes of London, Cross Keys; price $145

Spring weather can be fickle. If a cool breeze comes up, an aqua cotton gauze shawl by Love Quotes will be just the thing to wrap around your shoulders. From Trillium, Green Spring Station; price $68

Carry through the black, white and yellow color scheme with this charming zebra six-pack tote with bottle opener. From Bosom Buddy Bags, Mount Washington; price $20.

And, of course, don't forget the sunscreen. We recommend Estee Lauder Sun Performance SPF 30 sun block. Available at most department stores; price $24.

These utterly hot Cartier "reva" sunglasses have tiny platinum horses' bits at the temples. From Optical Images, Pikesville; price $430.

Dangly black crystal earrings by LSB Designs add a bit of quiet sparkle. From Hannah Elizabeth, Green Spring Station; price $40

Bold but not ostentatious, this necklace from Gems by Rococo is handmade of pearls, brushed sterling silver beads and black crystals. From Trillium, Green Spring Station; price $225.

elizabeth.large@baltsun.com

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