AND THEY’RE OFF! A style guide to dressing for The Sligo Races
Racing season is in full swing and if you find yourself sartorially stuck, follow my style guide to ensure you’re on the right track. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up? The races is the perfect chance to let your style shine. I’ll help you gallop ahead in the style stakes and you’ll be one step closer to the coveted Best Dressed crown. The prize for Thursday’s Best Dressed Lady is:
- €1,000 shopping spree at Johnston Court Shopping Centre, Sligo.
- A weekend breakaway for 2 at Farnham Estate, Golf and Spa Resort, Cavan.
- A return flight for 2 people to a UK destination + executive lounge at airport and free parking.
First things first: Dress code.
You certainly don’t want to turn heads for the wrong reasons so avoid short hem-lines and heels you can’t walk in. Comfort is key. A personal favourite are classic, feminine court style shoes. See my recommended picks from Zara and Topshop at Athlone Town Centre. Don’t have too much flesh on display – leave a little to the imagination. The races calls for sophistication, elegance and smart dressing. Keep the silhouette lady-like and sexy. A-line is always a flattering option as it gives the illusion of a tiny waist and feminine pencil dresses will have everyone talking for all the right reasons.
1. Colour block
Opt for bright, bold colours and colour block with accessories (heels, bag, hat) in contrasting colours. This is a show-stopping look and you’ll be sure to turn heads. That matchy-matchy look is a little dated. For a more minimalist, but on-trend approach, choose a culotte jumpsuit like this navy one from Warehouse at Athlone Town Centre. It is a comfortable yet very flattering option. Introduce colour with bright accessories.
Choose fresh and feminine florals, which are an ideal choice for summer race meetings. You don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars. This beautiful floral dress is now only €25 at Warehouse. Pop in to Oasis, Pamela Scott, M&S and Born Clothing at Athlone Town Centre for more options. Add a blazer like this one from Zara to dress up the look.
For a modern approach to race wear, choose stylish separates like trendy coords or a skirt and simple cami top. Irish presenter Laura Whitmore nailed the look and wowed the crowd at Epsom Derby with her fresh approach to racing fashion.
Accessorising is a great way of showing your personality and they add interest to simple, minimalist looks, but accessories don’t have to be oversized and flamboyant; Sometimes less is more. Your headpiece should complement your look; Don’t allow it to overpower your dress. Ireland is bursting with creative talent and award-winning milliners so why not celebrate and support Irish design by sourcing your headdress locally? For a less traditional approach, consider alternatives for a headpiece – some fresh flowers, layers of beautiful jewels or a wide-brimmed hat. It’s all about letting your individuality and personality shine through. How about showing your creative side and making your own accessories this year?
We’re looking forward to seeing you tomorrow (Thursday 6th August) and may the best lady win!