Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Welcome to Dress Code, a new feature borrowed from our sister site in which we pick an event in Los Angeles and ask three of our favorite shops to solve the what-do-I-even-wear-to-that dilemma.
A sneak peek at Shareen Vintage's look.
If April's Britweek wasn't enough to fill your teacup and and you're into being a stylish spectator at fashion fixture events like the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, brace: British Polo Day's LA matches are tomorrow. For the first installment of our Dress Code series, we challenged Echo Park indie shop Myrtle, essential vintage boutique (and latest Kim K. haunt) Shareen and Indie 38-er Polkadots & Moonbeams to help us get properly dressed for the games.
Why: As a major backer of all things lady-made, we had to tap Myrtle shop owner Whitney Bickers for her Eastside expertise on all things prim and proper. "The dress is Heinui designed by Claire Pignot—I think it's very lady-like, and it'd pair really well with a cute little hat for Polo Day," she tells us. "The chevron pattern has hidden lady legs in it, which I think is kind of cheeky like British humor." The shoes by Nina Payne "complete the feminine look," perfect for showing off your cute pedicure, she adds.
Where: Shareen Vintage
What: Shareen Beth Dot dress, $298
Why: "I think dots are day, but the dress has glamour and elegance for the event," says super sweet shop owner/stylist/designer Shareen Mitchell of the polka dot wrap dress from her very own line. "The skirt has drama and sweep and although it has a very classical feeling, it has edge if you style it with the right shoe," which is a must, she adds. Here, production manager Erika Corral wears it with a pair of Steve Madden pumps and a black miniskirt for non-flashy purposes, but a daring match-goer might sport this piece sans the anti-peeky underpinnings. "I believe anywhere you go, you should be a head-turner, and this is a dress that turns heads and catches the eye," Mitchell says.
Image via Polkadots & Moonbeams
Where: Polkadots & Moonbeams
What: Free People Circle of Flowers dress, $88; Dolce Vita Shandy wedges, $179; Christy's Lovell hat, $66 (from $106); vintage bag.
Why: Rather than go the Kate Middleton-on-holiday route, P&M owner Wendy Freedman chose this laid-back look for one of her favorite customers, Viena Godman. "I didn't feel like [going] very structured; I wanted to do something that was fun and fabulous," she says. "I was feeling very girly and of course, anything British you have to put a hat with it. [For British Polo Day], I wanted something accidentally sexy, and I think outfit embodies all of that."
· Myrtle [Official Site]
· Shareen Vintage [Official Site]
· Polkadots & Moonbeams [Official Site]