Arlington Million Fashion on a Budget

Events / Travel

Arlington Million Day is truly an international event; held at beautiful Arlington International Racecourse just outside of Chicago, the race attracts horses and fans from around the world. The style of the day is definitely Euro-chic; but just because the horses are running for millions of dollars doesn’t mean that you have to spend that on your wardrobe! I’m here to show you how to dress to impress the international crowd without breaking the bank.

14Arlington1 by penelopemiller featuring silver tone earrings

Our first ensemble takes a fantastic garnet-tone dress ($38, J Tomson Plus Size) and pairs it with jewel-tone blue pumps for $38 from 6K Shoes. Add a $43 white purse (the silver studs subtly mimic the dress’s dot motif) from Purse Boutique, a classic watch ($23, Wet Seal) and a great pair of stud earrings for an affordable $6.01 from Nine West. Top it all off with the classic European fascinator from Amazon for $50 and you’re Arlington Million day-ready for only $198.01.

14Arlington2 by penelopemiller featuring black glasses

Our second look is super-glam for Arlington Million Day. I’m in love with this floral blazer, which is just $30 from The ecru pencil skirt is both sexy and totally appropriate for the racetrack; and it’s only $22 from LE3NO! I’m living for the $40 pair of vintage-inspired Mango shades, and the salmon-pink bag from Pink Ice ($33) is a great compliment to both the blazer’s floral tones as well as its black buttons. The patent leather Aldo shoes are only $24 and, while high-heeled, aren’t the ankle-breaker 5” jobs that leave you footsore after 15 minutes. Finish the whole look with a cheerful fascinator from $30 by ModCloth and you’ve got a perfect racing outfit for $179.

14Arlington3 by penelopemiller featuring a skater dress

This bright orange dress is by LOVE (which is perfect, because I’m kind of obsessed with it) and it taps into the brights/neon trend that’s so big right now without being over the top. It’s all yours for just $58, and I love the contrast that the wide-brimmed floppy navy hat at $36 from Zappos brings. The floral shoes ($25, Go Jane) keep things youthful and modern, and the straw bag from Back In Style ($50) is neutral and won’t detract from the boldness of the rest of the ensemble. I like the way this ring ($35, MICHELA) subtly incorporates the color of the hat, and the gold Good Times watch finishes the look for just $15. The entire outfit comes to $219, leaving you plenty of money to make a few bets!

14Arlington4 by penelopemiller featuring a zippered tote bag

I adore the pattern in this $35 organza dress from; I paired it with some $22 snakeskin sandals from and a matching fascinator for $43 from Add a black $23 haircalf cuff from Express and a sleek $50 tote from Daily Look plus some killer shades at $20 from Lucky Brand and you’re good to go for just $193.

14Arlington5 by penelopemiller featuring gold tone hoop earrings

OK, I know I just told you that the Arlington Million is a sophisticated international event and now I’m telling you that you should definitely consider dressing as a fruit bowl; but I actually think that this is a killer skirt if deployed in the right way, and when if not summer can you rock a pineapple-and-watermelon skirt? This one is $16 from and I paired it with a fitted green peplum shirt for $20 by Xclusive Collection. Put on a pair of $16 Napier gold hoops, a $32 enamel cuff from Fornash and then finish everything off with black patent shoes ($49, Maiden Lane) and handbag ($40, Aldo.) You’re off to the races and ready for fun for just $173. Use your spare change to go get a delicious daiquiri or some other fruity cocktail and enjoy the Arlington Million! 

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