Giddy Up!

Post by CM

*This post was first published in 2014, and the dates have been updated for 2018 accordingly!

The Galway Races 2018 kicks off once again this Monday 31st July. If you’re a die-hard racer, not to mention an avid Ladies Day competitor you already know that, have been preparing for months and are shocked and appalled that this fixture on the calendar needs any reminder at all. If though, you have just decided to roll up and forego the hoopla and rivalry of your gussied up peers and enjoy the day in a stylish way – what to wear? Never mind the horses, from Monday through to Sunday there’s many an excuse to get your glad rags on… 


Tolula Adeyemi at the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup Final

A relaxed but elegant look is the order of the first day, particularly as you could potentially be in the running for the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady. Take a leaf out of Tolula Adeyemi’s book and go for cheerful florals and (semi)comfortable stack heels. A bag in a contrasting colour to bring out the pattern is eye-catching, and add a cute boater hat to 1. keep the sun off and 2. get in the mood for the week ahead.


Roksanda Illncic

Make like a Lady What Lunches on Tuesday and get out the full skirt and refined heels. Add a graphic print to modernise the look and you’re off! There’s another Best Dressed Lady prize going today so a fascinator or hat might seal the deal and get you in the running. Try a piece from up and coming Co.Galway milliner Michelle Kearns!


Emma Stone

Wednesday doesn’t offer any official fashion events, so is the day at which you can actually get caught up in the excitment of the races. I’d go for a long sleeved maxi like Emma Stone’s, maybe with flats and a hair-band to dip into the Sloaney look that’s making a resurgence. Carry a wicker bag and you’re all set for a picnic – the pattern will hide any grass stains!


Audrey Tautou

Today’s the day, and if you haven’t got your outfit sorted months ago, chances you’re not competing for the prize to end all Ladies Day prizes. Not that you can’t enter into the spirit of the affair! A crisp white is the colour of the moment; it will get you noticed by the eagle eyed judges who only wish you were entering, it lends you an air of sophisticated nonchalance and it can look great at any age.

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Helen Mirren

Both Audrey Tautou and Helen Mirren wear this Dolce and Gabbana dress beautifully, and only proves that style and fashion are achievable at any stage in your life. Both have paired the look with bright shoes, but the strappy detail doesn’t take away from the intricate lace.


Kate Bosworth

Even after all that, judges will be seeking out Friday’s Fair Lady. Look to Kate Bosworth for a fresh choice. The shoes sex up a dainty dress in such a pretty print and the plait gives an allusion to innocence – a stronger lip then suggests that the innocence is willing to be corrupted. Perfect!

Saturday has Lady in Red competition (which is exactly as it says on the tin) and Sunday brings with it a family day of Mad Hatters. 

Galway Races
Look chic and stylish without bothering with the hoopla of the competition

The look above is one that can be simply emulated on each or any of the days. Monochrome continues to be a winning combination, and a hint of gold is chic. The flat sandals can be exchanged for a higher pair, but I’d stick to an open toe. More races outfit suggestions can be found here, when I tried my hand at styling myself for last year’s outing!

For more information on this year’s meeting check out their website here.

Have fun on your day out; you can send any hot tips my way via our twitter account! @tmcm_ireland


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