The Galway Races are something of a staple on the Irish social calendar and, with the big week looming, it’s time to start thinking style.
Ladies’ Day may attract the most attention in terms of style, but the entire week is something of a catwalk, whether you’re by the track or soaking up the atmosphere in the city.
If you’re not looking to enter any best dressed competitions but still eager to look your best, then comfort is key. Race day dressing has become somewhat formulaic, so why not try something new for the day?
Playsuits and jumpsuits are the best dress alternatives without having to opt for separates. This black ruffle-neckline jumpsuit from Warehouse is perfect race-day chic, without being OTT. Priced at €78, it allows plenty of room for accessories. Add a brightly coloured fascinator, clutch and a pair of killer heels to finish the look.
For a more traditional option, this champagne and black V-front dress from Bastyan is perfect. Reduced to just €60 and available at Brown Thomas, it offers timeless elegance at a great price. Pair with a dramatic oversized black headpiece and simple black sandals to achieve full impact.
Coast offers a wide variety of occasion dresses and this floral number is perfect race attire. Priced at €225, it would look great teamed with off-white courts and a slick of red lipstick. If you are after something a little different, Galway’s range of vintage stores are full of one-off pieces to really make you stand out from the crowd.
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