Race Day Dresses – any tips?

July 10, 2009

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Race Day Dresses – any tips?

Following the popularity of our recent article on What to Wear to the Races, we’ve decided to go in search of dresses in particular. Bear in mind that you could also wear these dresses to a summer wedding.

Some girls started their outfit search for Galway Races Ladies Day months ago. Dubbed the most stylish (and most fun) race meeting in Ireland, there is sure to be some competition at Ladies Day on Thursday 30 July.

But if you haven’t found your ideal dress, don’t despair. The WhatSheWears.ie team is at hand with some quick tips on where to find your killer gown:

1. Hire a designer dress

Do you crave to wear an individual, designer dress but can’t afford the price tag? We stumbled across GirlMeetsDress which rents you a designer dress for 2 or 5 days from £50 upwards, depending on the designer. Check out dresses from Missoni, Alexander McQueen, and Stella McCartney et al.  What a find! ://www.girlmeetsdress.com/

Our favourite is this navy and white Miu Miu dress (for rent for £119,  it retails at £661) which is not unlike the dress that actress Isla Fisher wore to the Bruno Premiere in London (she wore a Stella McCartney green and white version).

2. Accessorise an existing dress

75% of women in the UK own 14 items of clothing which will never be worn again.  Imagine! So we bet that you could chose AT LEAST one dress from your wardrobe which you could update.

If you remember the advice from the WhatSheWears.ie Recessionista Fashion Tips article –  in times like this the motto Accessorise Accessorise Accessorise comes into its own.

While you may not be able to justify the purchase of a new dress, have you thought about what you already have in your wardrobe and how you can update these pieces?  A statement belt or corsage could be a perfect solution. Make like Gok Wan and get theeself to your local haberdashery and you’d be amazed at the treasures you can find there which will instantly glam up your outfit.

3. Stalk the Sales

You should usually plan for the sales and have tried on your “must have” item before mid June so that you are ready to pounce once those golden words “Sale. 50% off ” are pasted on the shop front windows.

So if you missed that snippet of advice, fear not. If the dress that you covet is now only left on the sale rack in a size 18, check out the shop’s online presence too.

Take for example Karen Millen.com. This fab designer brand has some dresses selling for a steal and some only available online. Take this purple, satin number (pictured) with embellished shoulders which is reduced from €250 to €125!

You can always wait and wait some more, until the second wave of sales kicks in – but you run the risk of never getting your size. 

4. Boutiques, High Street and Vintage

Visit your favourite boutiques right now as they all have summer sales going on. Fran & Jane, who have boutiques across the country, have classic cut dresses which have won Best Dressed Lady at two race meetings we know of, most recently at the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

You can also find some classy dresses in Reiss, a favourite of Irish actress Amy Huberman. We particularly like this coral and black “Krista” dress pictured.

Monsoon and Coast are best avoided for the Races, you don’t want to rock up in the same dress as someone else (although at an event this size it’s sometimes inevitable).

For sheer originality, vintage could be the way to go. We’ve recently discovered Dirty Fabulous, on 97 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin which has some amazing, high end vintage occasion dresses and hats on their racks. (For all you discerning brides, they also have a vintage bridal collection).

5. Keep an eye out for dresses while on holidays

No matter what time of year it is you go on holidays abroad, keep a dress in mind for the Races or your friend’s wedding. It’s always nice to have something original that one can’t buy here and also make the conversation more interesting when you’re asked “Where did you get that?”!

6. A final tip

If you live in Galway itself, Anthony Ryans seem to have some fantastic dresses and headpieces, all selling for reasonable, recession-proof prices (for example €90 for a head piece).

Check out this Galway Races style video from TV3’s Ireland AM – (Watch out for the initial blast of sound on your PC!) .  It might give you some more ideas.

See you there!

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8 Responses to “Race Day Dresses – any tips?”

  1. Catriona Says:

    Great ideas for the races, thanks. Its a fabulous website always good to get information on where to buy in Ireland whether it be in Dublin, Kildare, Cork or Mayo!

  2. ed hardy shoes Says:

    I think you made some good points.

  3. teenager Says:

    Thanks that was a good read!


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