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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Will Carolina Cup Fashion Impact Gold Cup Fashion?

A major event on the spring steeplechase calendar, the Carolina Cup was held on Saturday.  Spring officially started last Thursday prior to the big race (and party), but for some Carolinians, spring doesn’t start until Carolina Day. And for many attending, the biggest thing on their minds was what to wear.
LucyGordon Smith, left, and Karley Nyman, employees at Julia Neal Fashions in Five Points in Columbia, said that Carolina Cup fashion is becoming “a lot less preppy” and more “bohemian chic.” (TRAVIS BROUSSARD — USC School of Journalism)

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More than 60,000 people show up for the horse race each year in a sea of neon colors, floral patterns, bow ties and sun hats. It is the bellwether of spring fashion in South Carolina, known for its fashion as much as for its horses. Think of it as a modern-day Woodstock for the conservative minded.
For years now, the traditional outfit has been preppy – a Lilly Pulitzer dress (maybe a Stinger or Elephant Ears print), a pair of Jack Rogers sandals and a monogrammed sun hat to top it off. It is a classy look that will stick around. Guys have always kept it simple with a pastel button-up, a bow tie, a pair of khakis and a matching koozie.
But fashion evolves, and traditions stay the same, so what better place to see the clash of new and old than the Carolina Cup?
Joy Hoffman, left, and Reta Whitten have fun at the 82nd Annual Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC.(Jeff Blake, The State)

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