The article brought back my memories of my one and only visit to UVA. During my senior year at Lehigh I traveled to Charlottesville with my "roomie" Sara to attend the Foxfield Race. Never in my life have I seen more madras. A-m-a-z-i-n-g.
For those not familiar with this steeplechase race:
Wikipedia - Foxfield Races - UVA Tradition
The Foxfield Races are a longstanding University of Virginia tradition. Some chide the event as the pinnacle representation of the upper middle class nature of UVA’s student demographic. Students use Race Day as an excuse to break out their “preppiest” attire. There is an abundance of pastel colors, Lilly Pulitzer patterns, and large sun hats. Girls are found wearing sundresses and many boys don a colorful bowtie for the occasion.
This year's spring race is on April 30th - more info here. Wish I could be there!