Del Mar, the world-class sporting and entertainment destination located just 20 miles up the coast from downtown San Diego, returns for its 77th year this summer. In addition to top Thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers, people from all over flock to “the track” at Del Mar to place bets, experience local foodie festivals and concerts – including Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums and Ziggy Marley – and top-tier people-watching. The track kicks-off its summer season on Opening Day, Friday July 15 and runs through September 5. The seaside oval has long since been a tradition for Hollywood Heavyweights, locals and visitors to see and be seen while dressed to the nines. This year, four stylish locals have been enlisted to help define Del Mar’s style, offering outfit inspiration, tips and how to create a winning look at at the track this year. Del Mar’s Style Ambassador squad includes:
Andrea Van de Vort // Boutique Owner and Style Expert
Style Profile: The Del Mar boutique owner and style expert describes her style as comfortable and casual, yet polished and trendy.
Del Mar Style Tip: “It’s all about two-piece sets… there’s nothing cuter than a flirty crop top and matching high-waisted pant. A floppy hat is a quintessential accessory for the races, but I’m leaning toward a wide-brim fedora, or even a super-chic straw visor this year to keep tradition while stepping it up a notch and showcasing my unique style.”
Lisa Allen // Lifestyle Blogger for the Modern Mom
Instagram: @LisaAllen, @LunchpailsandLipstick
Style Profile: Lisa Allen lives in North County San Diego with her husband and three daughters. She is the co-founder of LunchPails and Lipstick, a lifestyle blog for the modern mom. Lisa is also a licensed esthetician and personal trainer.
Del Mar Style Tip: To complete any look, the self-proclaimed sunglass addict won’t be without stylish sunnies at the track this season.
Vanessa Bali // Style Blogger and Hair Care Entrepreneur
Style Profile: A San Diego fashion blogger, stylist, and owner of her namesake luxury hair care brand, Vanessa loves sharing her view on all things beauty and fashion related. She loves combining high-end and affordable styles, which are often showcased in her Outfit of the Day posts.
Del Mar Style Tip: “I love fascinators, especially on opening day, you can always expect to see them all around Del Mar. Blake Lively and Kate Middleton are two style icons that I’ll look to for track style inspiration this year.”
Alden Steimle // Professional Model
Style Profile: The California native and globetrotting model has always thrived off the spirit of adventure and the outdoor which also defines her unique, bohemian style.
Del Mar Style Tip: I love to wear something airy and light for summer, but also like to keep it classic, mixed with a casual element. For example, a low crop cut top, and flowy pant set from Flynn Skye, mixed with a chunky wedge; and of course a big hat!
Follow #DelMarScene and #DelMarStyle for inspiration on how to win at style this year at Del Mar.
Summer racing at Del Mar takes place Wednesday through Sunday with the one exception of Closing Day on Monday (9/5). For more information, call 858-755-1141 or visit www.DelMarRacing.com. You can follow Del Mar on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @DelMarRacing or become a fan at www.Facebook.com/DelMarRaces.