With the hotly anticipated Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Galway Races only days away, head judge Mandy Maher shares the style scoop on what undoubtedly promises to be an unmissable day out for fashion lovers as well as her tips for dressing for Ladies Day!

What are you expecting to see at this summer’s Racing Festival? 

I don’t know what to expect this year as fashion has evolved so much in the last few years. However, I do hope to see plenty of colour.

What style tips would you give when dressing for Ladies Day?

The best style tip I can give to anyone dressing for Ladies Day is to remember it is a day event, so dressing appropriately is imperative. Being chic, elegant, and stylish is important, but not to be afraid to add your own uniqueness to the outfit and show your individual style!

How important are the details when choosing an outfit for Ladies Day? 

Details are vital. Judges will look for the complete package, so everything must be impeccable. Preloved and sustainable fashion are in focus right now.

Are you hoping racegoers will keep this in mind when planning their outfits? 

We all love preloved and sustainable fashion, and it’s important to remember this is the new trend too, which I hope we will see this year. This is where people can get creative with outfits already in their wardrobes by recycling the styles and adding their own twist to finish the look.

Millinery trends have changed a lot over the years. Are you looking for anything in particular?

Millinery….. I never know what to expect. We have so many incredible milliners in our country, and there is always someone that will come up with a new creation and be different. It will be down to the finished product, which must be unique and perfectly made.

Ladies’ Day takes place this Thursday, 28th July, ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Day’, during the seven-day Summer Festival at the Galway Races. The Connacht Hospitality Group will sponsor both the Best Dressed Lady competition with a €10,000 cash prize and €3,000 for the winner of the Best Hat. www.galwayraces.com @galwayraces_official

For more information on all things Galway Races, pick up a copy of our Festival Issue of GALWAYnow magazine. On shelves now

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