Every mid-August in Northern California’s picturesque Monterey Peninsula, thousands of luxury and vintage car collectors, auto enthusiasts and industry insiders, and haute living socialites gather to enjoy Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week.
From exclusive, invite-only soirées hosted by renowned luxury vehicle brands (like Jaguar and Lamborghini) and world debuts of new vehicles and innovative concept cars, to stimulating auto industry forums (held at the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum) and exhilarating auctions of rare and unique cars, Monterey Car Week has become an epic week-long extravaganza for those who love the world’s most beautiful cars, a luxe lifestyle, and the best place to see-and-be-seen in California.
The Ultimate Style Guide: What To Wear To Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance & Monterey Car Week Events
To help you don your finest apparel and accessories for this fabulous week of parties, auto exhibits, and more, Inspirations & Celebrations is sharing the ultimate style guide for what to wear to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week.
Whether you’re the flamboyant type of gal who wants to turn heads and get people buzzing about your ensemble, or you’re a more conservative type of woman who enjoys looking impeccably pulled-together, elegant, and chic, these insider style tips will show you exactly what to wear to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week events.
The Fierce & Fabulous Diva’s Style Guide to Monterey Car Week
Set on the 18th fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links (overlooking Stillwater Cove and the Monterey Bay), Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the grand annual one-day event that boasts an exhibit of hundreds of spectacular vintage automobiles.
In keeping with the style of yesteryear, you can expect to see some women show up dressed to the nines in over-the-top, eye-catching hats. From dramatic fascinators to wide brim hats with peacock-worthy plumes, the best way to show how fierce and fabulous you are at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is to accessorize your outfit with one of the time period style hats. To really steal the spotlight away from the cars, opt for a vibrant hued color with flashy accoutrements (like feathers or bows).
The Sophisticated Lady’s Style Guide to Monterey Car Week
If you’re attending some of the other gatherings during Monterey Car Week (like The Quail at Quail Lodge & Resort in Carmel Valley or McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center in Monterey), then it’s wise to dress for the occasion.
From figure-flattering sheath dresses accessorized by bold statement necklaces and glamorous oversized sunglasses, to classic menswear-inspired blazers off-set by feminine fit-and-flare dresses, these are a few of the best ways to get noticed (in a good way) at Monterey Car Week events.
Since several of the auto events hosted during Monterey Car Week are held on golf courses during the daytime (such as Concorso Italiano at Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside), opt for a smart, pulled-together look that’s both sophisticated and classic.
To ensure you can walk around the event without being uncomfortable (or looking out of place), opt for pointed toe flats, espadrilles or wedges, or even flat sandals. Leave the stiletto heels and platform pumps at home (if you don’t want to look like a car week novice).
When planning what to wear to Monterey Car Week, the key words to remember are – effortless and elegant.
The Girl-Next-Door’s Style Guide to Monterey Car Week
Since August marks the last official month of summer, why not go for the girl-next-door look at Monterey Car Week? From flirty skater skirts with all-over auto-inspired prints to playful striped summer dresses, putting together a sweet-but-sassy look for Monterey Car Week is easier than you think.
To turn a retro-inspired fit-and-flare skirt into a modern ensemble, opt for a cropped, fitted jacket and tasteful accessories (like a cheery red clutch and oversized sunnies). Black and white tones play nicely with a bold red patterned skirt and matching bag.
When selecting a skirt for Monterey Car Week events, keep things appropriate by going no shorter than 4″ from the knee. The fastest way to get off track (style-wise) is to look like you’re trying to hard or screaming for attention. Keeping that in mind – it’s better to veer toward the conservative when putting together your outfit.
Another great way to stand-out from the crowd is to add some punch to your outfit, while keeping things casual. A fun hat (that shades you from the sun, while looking oh-so-stylish) combined with a sailor-worthy striped dress and go-with-anything tote bag is an easy, effortless way to look cute and coordinated.
The Fashion-Forward Man’s Style Guide to Monterey Car Week
While it might seem like the ladies get to have all the fun at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week, that’s certainly not the case.
From the debonair gents who look dashing in bow ties and bespoke suits to the fashion-forward men that love to sport high-style accessories and apparel, if you’re a guy who wants to look as good as the cars around Monterey Car Week, then here are the must-read style tips for you.
To start off with – you can never go wrong with a sport jacket, nice shoes, and a great watch. Whether you dress up your look (for one of the swanky parties) with tailored pants and a statement-worthy tie, or you go for a more casual daytime look by pairing your blazer with khaki pants or designer jeans, a blazer or sport jacket always comes across as professional, stylish, and ready to jet-set.
Another idea for what to wear to Monterey Car Week is to opt for racer-style apparel (like edgy leather moto jackets and sporty attire), coordinated with a trendy t-shirt. To complete the downtown-cool ensemble (for that covetable VIP status), go upscale with high-end designer accessories (like a Rolex watch or David Yurman jewelry).
To learn more, check out the annual car-themed issue of Carmel Magazine, featuring fashion trends and style tips (written by Christina-Lauren Pollack of Inspirations & Celebrations), the scoop about Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and exclusive news about life on the Monterey Peninsula.