How to Put a Race day Outfit Together

February 2, 2011

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How to Put a Race day Outfit Together

With the racing season kicking off this weekend at the Hennessy Gold Cup (where Jasmine Guinness and Philip Treacy will be judging the Best Dressed Lady competition) we get in the mood with some racing outfit inspiration.

I got as a gift an animal print dress and matching shoes from Karen Millen.  I have been trying to match a head piece/bag/umbrella to it as I would like a nice outfit for the racing season. Any tips? S.

For this Ask the Stylist query, we turned to Martha Lynn for her expertise. Martha has won quite a few Ladies Day competitions herself, most recently at Leopardstown Races. She also happens to be a milliner (hat maker) and works out of her studio in Dublin.

The dress and shoes are amazing. Animal prints are very popular this season.

As the dress and shoes are matching I would probably go for some neutral accessories ie nothing too busy, to bring the outfit together.

I would suggest focusing in on either the black or the beige colours in the animal print. This also means that you will be able to wear your headpiece and accessories with a variety of different outfits.

I would also recommend going for a simple headpiece to compliment the pattern on the dress and shoes, as the pattern on the dress and shoes in themselves are the showpiece.

It would of course be ideal to get your hat or headpiece made to order to compliment your individual style, but if that was not an option there are a great variety of headpieces and fascinators available from some of the high street shops, like Accessorize and Marks and Spencers.

Avoca do a range of coloured umbrellas and occasionally have matching gloves.

I make hats and headpieces to order, to suit the character and individual taste of the costumer. I take into consideration their outfit, hair style and of course, the occasion. There are a variety of sample pieces on my website

Each of them can be customized to suit your own style.

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5 Responses to “How to Put a Race day Outfit Together”

  1. Heather Says:

    I do hat/fascinator customisation if this lady wants it! Email me at I get so many ladies looking to highlight their own individual style for weddings, races etc. PS Love this blog!

  2. Annemarie Says:

    Thanks for that Heather. Is there anywhere our readers can see your designs online?

  3. mis jo-jo Says:

    Heading to the Races this w.end..Ladies Day at Leopardstown …Henessy Cup.. Judged by Philip Tracey (guess a hat is a must then!!)

    Question to the Stylist: What does one wear to a winter Race Meeting .. look glam.. and still stay warm?? Thanks !!!

  4. Annemarie Says:

    Hey Mis jo-jo, I’ve asked Martha for some tips and will get them to you asap


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