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Del Mar Opening Day is almost upon us, and with it comes the Opening Day party and all those fantastic hats! Let's be honest...the horses and jockeys are great, but we're especially looking forward to the latest in fashion – what's hot in hats, which dress goes with which shoes for which look, and best of all, which jewelry rounds out that hat the best!

July 17 is opening day at Del Mar, which naturally implies the opening of racing season...time to head down to the races and place your bets, and all that! Opening Day is also the 20th anniversary of the Opening Day Hats Contest – a long and well-loved tradition among enthusiastic party-goers. It's a relationship that has lasted years, the world over – races and fantastic hats! Ladies, this is your place to be.

 

What to look forward to on Del Mar Opening Day

Del Mar Opening Day is when all the ladies are putting their best shoe forward, so to speak. Not to mention, their best clothes and dazzling jewelry! Since a formal look isn't a must (these aren't the Ascot races, after all), this is an occasion where glamour and sultry are looks you definitely want for this fabulous day of sun, style and action.

That being said, let's consider the basic must-haves for your Del Mar outfit. First and most important – a sun hat. Whether you're attending the party and it's practical since it is a summer day, or you're an enthusiast who's entering the hat contest and have been working on your masterpiece for the last year, a big summer hat is a must have! Consider it your canvas for inspired creativity. Rule of thumb?...bigger is definitely better, so diva it up!

Next on the agenda is your outfit. It's a summer day and what's better than a summer dress? Bear in mind though, that you're gonna be outdoor all day, so make it something cool and comfortable (tube dresses and other tight dresses may not be the right choice here!), and something you can transition to evening wear if you decide to party on. Consider taking along a wrap or a swanky cardigan, because the nights could be quite cool.

The perfect dress requires the perfect heels. Unfortunately, since you're gonna be on your feet all day on the turf, traditional heels are a no-no. A good, trendy pair of wedges give the needed height and silhouette, without killing your toes in a few hours! Time to wedge-out, ladies. For more tips on dressing for the occasion, check this out.

And with that we come to...

 

Your jewelry for Del Mar Opening Day

As gorgeous as your outfit is, your jewelry is gonna be what makes it or breaks it. Considering the best loved styles, these are some suggestions we can make for the perfect complement to your hat and the rest of your outfit! Whether you're looking for a statement necklace, stunning bracelets or beautiful earrings to wink demurely from beneath your hat, you're sure to love these.

David Webb Gold Diamond Panel Necklace

David Webb Gold Diamond Panel Necklace

1950's Sapphire and Pearl Necklace

1950's Sapphire and Pearl Necklace

Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Yellow Gold Amethyst and Diamond Necklace

Bulgari Mediterranean Eden Yellow Gold Amethyst and Diamond Necklace

Rose Gold Diamond Earrings

Rose Gold Diamond Earrings

Colombian Natural Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings

Colombian Natural Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings

Invisible Set Sapphire Diamond Bracelet

Invisible Set Sapphire Diamond Bracelet

Bulgari BZero1 White Gold Diamond Bangle Bracelet

Bulgari BZero1 White Gold Diamond Bangle Bracelet

 

If you're looking for a really unique, eye-catching statement piece to set you apart from the rest, perhaps this will interest you:

David Webb Emerald Floral Brooch

David Webb Emerald Floral Brooch

 

These are just a few examples of how we can help create your Del Mar look. If you like what you see or want to know what your other options are, contact us today. Even better, since you're definitely gonna be passing through en route to this celebration of style and class (thoroughbred and otherwise), take some time to visit us at CJ Charles Jewelers and see what we have to offer, in person.

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