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Belmont Stakes day is a not only a day of high-stakes horse racing, but it’s also a chance for fans of the sport to flaunt their very finest New York fashion sense.

If you’re like me, you want to look your best but stick to a budget. After all, we all want a little extra money in our handbags that we can use to play the ponies! So I decided to put together five affordable looks to play with for the biggest day of racing on New York’s spring calendar.

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Our first outfit is a total Blair Waldorf-goes-to-the-races look: it’s the Upper East Side goes to Belmont, and it looks much more expensive than it actually is. The little black dress at the center of the look is $30 from Top Shop. I paired it with a fabulous two-tone hat from Amazon at $30 and then accessorized the ensemble with a $45 GUESS? necklace, a $20 Style & Co. watch and a really cool sea urchin bag for $20 from Target. Throw on a comfortable yet stylish pair of espadrille wedges for $27 from Daily Look, a killer pair of oversize black sunglasses from Body Central for $4.98 plus the perfect Big Apple red nail polish from Crabtree and Evelyn for $6 and you have a complete sophisticated look for just $152.98. Not bad!

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I’m really in love with the look above (as in, I need that skirt and those shoes in my life. Desperately, I need them.) The focal point of the outfit is the eye-catching graphic pencil skirt, which is $44 from Miss Selfridge. I opted to have the shoes mimic the subtle tomato-colored detail at the bottom of the skirt (mostly because I choose to leave pink pumps to Barbie) and the ones I found ($41, Arden B.) have a rad zipper detail that’s in line with the skirt’s modern feel. The shawl-necked blazer is $20 from Body Central, and I opted to pair it with a simple black tank from Uniqlo for $13. Add a wonderful pair of drop earrings from Kate Spade for $48, a $23 scalloped clutch from ASOS and a black fascinator ($45, Amazon) and you’re Belmont Stakes ready for $234 for the complete look.

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If your look is more East Village and less East Hampton, you can still bring edge to the track while looking totally race-day appropriate. When I found these $42 Steve Madden oxfords, I knew I had to work them into a look. How perfect are they with this $47 John Zack dress? I added some stacked silver rings ($11) from Nasty Gal that kind of look like knuckle dusters, plus a black-and-silver cross-body bag for $15 from Payless. Add some hoop earrings for $30 from Overstock and a SCALA fedora for $32 and you’re off to the races for  $177.

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If you’re read my other affordable fashion blogs, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of maxi dresses; if you’ve read my Triple Crown Diaries, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of California Chrome. So I decided to combine my two obsessions and incorporate the colors of California Chrome’s silks into a wearable look for the Belmont. The royal purple maxi dress is $30 from Target, and $6.59 will get you the green fascinator from Amazon. I love to wear flats at the track since I wander all over the place, and I love these gladiator sandals for $35 from Express. Add to the boho look with lots of layered jewelry: I picked a set of bangles from Wet Seal for $8.50 and some necklaces from Forever21 for $8.80. (LOVE the coins.) Finish it all off with a cute green $20 cross-body bag from Forever21 and you have the complete look for just $108.89.

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Our final look is a flirty but sophisticated take on florals. I love the 6KS dress because it incorporates an unusual but still delicate color scheme (plus, it’s only $25!) Add a bright pair of espadrilles from Mod Deals for $10, a $40 indigo bag from DSW, a chunky gold-tone watch from ASOS for $42, a $38 fascinator from Nordstrom, plus a great pair of button studs at $20 from Express. The finishing touch is a $16 pair of gold aviators from Aerie and you have a complete look for $191! Now take all of that money you saved on clothes and buy yourself a cocktail and make a bet. You’ve earned it!

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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Penelope Miller

I'm Penelope Miller and I'm the Senior Manager of Digital Media for America's Best Racing. I've been involved with the Thoroughbred industry for most of my life and I want to make sure that the great sport of horse racing is enjoyed by people all over the nation. Please share your thoughts and ideas with me in the comments section below!

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