Raceday fashion tips

Published on: August 1, 2013

It is race week in Galway (today is ladies day!) and with a flurry of race meetings happening right throughout the country, knowing what to wear can be an ordeal! From the dress, heels, bag and then of course … THE hat! There are so many components to your outfit it’s hard to get the complete head-to-toe look bang on.

Here are some of my top tips and pics to inspire you…

Given that the Irish weather has never been conducive to wearing high heels and showing off lots of flesh go on your gut instinct to help you achieve that perfect balance between style and practicality. If it feels impractical for let’s face it standing around a rainy racetrack, then it probably is!

Here is the winner from this year’s Irish Derby…

Deborah Barrett

Deborah Barrett

Being appropriate is key. Keeping racing etiquette in mind by always wearing hemlines at knee length or below and always think about your complete look. For example, matching your shoes, a fun umbrella, gloves and a handbag shows great attention to detail. Gloves are also a great way to finish off a race day look. Go for girly fabrics like soft leather or lace. Second hand and vintage shops can be a great place to find these.

If you are going to the best dressed lady competition (and why not!)It is usually best to take a timeless approach. In the current economy especially the judges will look for the lady who has a nice mix of both designer and high street. Money does not equal style! Creating a great look on a budget is definitely one that will catch the judge’s attention.Here is a sample look I created to inspire you!….

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There is a definite hat fascination for the races and it is most definitely part of the fun! Go all out and try if you can to personalise your hat or make it as bespoke to the outfit as you can. Also, look out for a quirky alternative like a headband or clip in fascinator. A talent in Millinery is one something Ireland is famous for. Check out Fiona Mangan, Edel Staunton, Bonzie or search for something quirky and more affordable on Swoop.ie or Etsy.com.

Here are some great pieces I found online…

Vintage bag €51.50 from Swoop.ie

Vintage bag €51.50 from Swoop.ie

 

Vintage inspired fascinator €75 from Bonzie Designs

Vintage inspired fascinator €75 from Bonzie Designs

 

Metallic Neckpiece €140 from Bonzie Designs

Metallic Neckpiece €140 from Bonzie Designs

 

Fascinator €135 from Princess Pallas on Swoop.ie

Fascinator €135 from Princess Pallas on Swoop.ie

Finally, this season less is more when it comes to hair and beauty trends at the races. The key is to not look too overdone at the track. Leave the bronzer for the beach and keep your foundation base fresh and dewy and then add sleek liquid eyeliner or a bold orange lip to add impact this autumn. Accompany this make-up look with natural waves or a simple chignon and you’re set to go!

Finally, look natural, comfortable and like you!

Julie xx

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