What to Wear to a Car Show: Tips from Highland Park Village for Supercar Showcase

The Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase is back for its 3rd year featuring a full Collectors’ and New Car Concours, a Car Club Expo, Beer Garden, and food trucks, live music, fine foods, Haute Hat Contest, a kids zone, and yes last but most certainly not least…a professionally produced Fashion Show serving looks from our returning Sponsor, Highland Park Village.

Two years down and the fashion scene at the Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase is only gaining momentum. Year one, we invited ladies and gents to flaunt fabulous hats. Year two, we created a runway experience for our Haute Hat contestants. Speaking of ‘runway’, last year we debuted a fully-produced fashion show with looks from Dallas’ own landmark, Highland Park Village. And yes, they are back for another year of fabulous fashions- including updated styling tips on “Concours Casual” pieces that are the perfect blend of timeless and trendy.

Highland Park Village Returns as Runway Sponsor with Bold Prints and Fashion Sneakers in Tow

In case you missed it, last year we introduced bold prints and colors and sensible (but 100% on-trend footwear) as key staples to a Concours Casual look. This year, we’ve asked Highland Park Village to come back with their expert opinions to update our Concours Casual tips with advice straight from this year’s runway. (Major Spoiler Alert: one of the most fabulous takeaways from our interview is that a Fashion Sneaker (yes, sneaker) is pretty much the most universal accessory for both our ladies’ and gents’ outdoor event wardrobe this fall.

So let’s begin our Q & A with Liz Thrash, Personal Shopping Director at Highland Park Village, and you can start coordinating your WOW moment for the 2019 Park Place Luxury & Supercar Showcase on September 28th at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Q: After working with the Luxury Supercar Showcase last year, how would Highland Park Village define “Concours Casual”?

“Being fashionable and keeping in mind the setting is key – guests have the unique opportunity to see hundreds of the world’s most impressive vehicles along the Four Seasons fairway, so finding a look that’s sensible given the turf and elements, but also striking, is what the day is all about.

Focusing on statement accessories is always a simple way to have a high impact. Think bold handbags that are easy to carry, earrings that provide the wow factor, and a flowy dress or low block heels that will make the day that much more enjoyable!”

Q: What fabrics and styles would compliment the Concours Casual dress code, while also keeping our guests comfortable?

“For ladies, a flare of bold color and pattern is always a good idea, and think breathable fabrics and tailored casual for the men – from a chic dress with a striking pattern to a sharp blazer and versatile pants”

FASHION SNEAKER ALERT: Q: Any tips for footwear? Both men and women?

“Comfort will be key so that you can enjoy every aspect of the event, but take the opportunity to elevate key elements – a stylish sneaker for the men (Theory’s collection is perfect for the man who appreciates incredible craftsmanship but with a sporty edge), and block heels or a fun fashion sneaker that is easy for all-day wear is also perfect for the ladies!”

Q: What are some major DON’Ts for the Concours, or rather, recommendations on what to avoid so that you can enjoy a full day at the showcase?

“Save your stilettos for dinner out and opt for something that will be easy to walk and peruse the entire event! Also, go with a bold handbag that is easy to wear and carry – a crossbody or a shoulder strap are ideal. Sunglasses are a must!”

Q: One of the major attractions is the return of the full Runway Show. What retailers and trends should our attendees look out for?

“Highland Park Village’s Fashion Show will be featuring an incredible mix of looks for every style — from the colorful and youthful pieces from Alice + Olivia, the polished and eclectic mix from MARKET, the tailored and timeless looks from Theory and St. John, and the bold patterns and colors of Trina Turk.”

“An array of looks will be captured on the runway and we can’t wait to unveil this season’s fabulous collections! Our hope is that guests can experience a small part of the true and charming essence of our historic shopping center through the incredible brands that bring it to life, and then join us in Dallas for dining, shopping and more! ”

Well, you heard it from Dallas’ own ‘First  Place in Fashion’ so you know they can’t be wrong. Ultimately, we want you to enjoy the day from start to end. From Concours to Runway. So what makes you feel confident and comfortable? Is it a staple linen piece with a fashion sneaker? Is it a bold shoe with a more understated dress? Is it a classic suit or a knit sweater?  Whatever the piece, just make sure to pair it with an Haute Hat (Link to Haute Hat Release) and come ready for a day on the Concours like none other in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Learn more on Fall trends and what to wear by following @hp_village and @shophpvillage on Instagram.  To purchase tickets for the 2019 Luxury Superar Showcase click here.