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With just a week to go until the Galway Races are upon us, we’ve taken a look at what Ladies Day has to offer and what the judges are looking for so we can help you dress for the races. The Galway Races commence on Monday 31st July and run through until Sunday 6th of August. The main event of the week, that we know you’re all looking forward to, falls on the 3rd of August.
This year The G Hotel & Spa’s Best Dressed Lady competition is being judged by Bairbre Power, fashion editor at the Irish Independent, and celebrity judges, Aoibhín Garrihy and Baz Ashmawy, making history as the first male judge.
Every woman who shows up to Ladies Day on the 3rd is in for the chance of winning the fabulous prize worth approx. €12,000! This is why we want to help you put your best foot forward with these top tips on how to dress for the races.
1. Follow The Golden Rule:
This will make or break your race day outfit! If you’re wearing a busy dress, always wear a simple hat. And the same goes vice versa! There’s nothing worse than an outfit that’s got too much going on. We’re talking a pattern heavy dress and an out there hat, styled together. The number one fashion faux pas of the event. Avoid it!
2. Dress For The Races’ Weather:
Always dress appropriate for the weather conditions. Buy a jacket that goes with your dress that you can bring along with you and you won’t end up a shivering mess!
3. Stay True To Your Style:
Judge Aoibhín Garrihy recently said that she’s looking for someone who exudes confidence and is comfortable in what they’re wearing. One of our top tips would be not to step too far out of your comfort zone. While we know that you want to be unique and stand out, there’s no point if you’re going to look uncomfortable and awkward whilst doing it. You need to wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you. If you’re not a dress person, think pant suit or jumpsuit. Did anyone see how Roz Purcell rocked that last year? Embrace your own unique style irrespective of fashion trends. As they say, there’s nothing more attractive than confidence.
4. Show Your Individuality and Personality:
Baz Ashmawy is looking for someone showing their individuality and personality in how they dress for the races. It’s not about money or designer labels. It’s about what you wear and how you wear it. While the latest trends may help in choosing what you’re going to wear, don’t let it be the deciding factor. Think personality! If you are a bright and bubbly individual, try to pick an outfit that emanates this. Go wild with colours but keep in line with the rest of your outfit.
5. Pay Attention To Detail:
The little things matter as much in these competitions as they do in life. When you dress for the races, don’t just focus on your hair and make up. You have got to think nails, upkeep of your heels and the all too common, dodgy tan. Please don’t try to replicate an Oompa Loompa, that’s so 2005! Try to wear little statement pieces of jewellery too. Bairbre Power loves vintage pieces that have a story to tell.
6. Appropriate Shoes
Ladies, you’re going to be walking around all day in these heels.. Please choose carefully and always bring a pair of flats in your clutch for the end of the day. We’ll bow down to any of you that last the day in heels with zero pain, we know we couldn’t regardless of their comfort. Just keep in mind that they need to be appropriate for the occasion. Under no circumstances should you wear those skyscrapers. Think elegance.
Plan ahead Ladies! If you take these tips on board, we have no doubt that you’ll be a strong contender in the competition. Even if you don’t win, think of how hard you’ll slay.
From all of us here at Shoe Rack, we wish you the very best of luck.