Car lovers go all out to show their auto adoration, whether it’s the down-home Indy 500 or the high-end Concours D’Elegance. Dressing up shows your devotion to all things automotive.
To help you choose the right look, here are automotive themed fashions and accessories that will put you at the front of the pack.
The Retro Look
Dressing in period attire is almost de rigueur for classic car owners at the Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach. The owner of this 1911 Pope-Hartford Model W Pony Tonneau looks quite dashing in his homberg and suit.
But this flapper at the same event looks just a bit out of tune with the 1939 Bugatti Type 57C, and about 10 years too late, historically speaking. And in hot weather, she may regret all the dressing up.
Understated and Classy
She could still make a statement, but stay cool, by wearing casual wear accessorized with a genuine Bugatti belt buckle, appropriate for any model year. These buckles are low-key and elegant, just like their namesake.
How often do you get to add ostrich, alligator or python leather to your wardrobe? The buckles are also available in silver, gold and enamel.
Make a Statement with Accessories
For the Indy 500 lover, try this leather and steel cuff bracelet. It’s edgy and has the Indy logo on the front. It comes in a variety of colors to complement your laid-back attire.
Check out the Ferrari store for a car-themed watch. It’s practical and easy to show off. They are available in a range of colors and designs, from the Formula Italia S to the Ferrari GTB-C. Look how well the RedRev T Scuderia Ferrari model fits with this 1949 Ferrari MM Touring Barchetta.
How about designer cufflinks for the Alfa-Romeo lover, perfect for a man or woman? These cufflinks coordinate perfectly with this 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe, on display at the Concours d’Elegance.
What to Wear to the Big Car Event
The Indy Star points out that even the Indy 500 is becoming a place of “glitz and glamor.” The Speedway has become a local hotspot for fashionable parties.
But should you wear fancy togs to the actual event? The consensus is no. The newspaper advises wearing comfortable clothes that are appropriate for the weather.
Autos Cheatsheet makes the same point. Dressing for comfort is just common sense. The purpose, whatever your financial background or motor preferences, is to rally for your passion–cars.
Even the Concours D’Elegance can experience unseasonal temperatures and even a shower. Whatever the weather, the day is long. To see everything, you’ll do a lot of walking around. The right shoes and loose clothes keep it fun.
If you want to dress up in period costume, check out one of the cocktail parties or charity galas associated with many auto events.
At the actual race or event, dress comfortably. And show your passion by scaling up with your accessories. You’ll stand out in the crowd wearing your Ferrari watch, Alfa Romeo cufflinks or Bugatti belt buckle.