Winter Racing Style

img_2168Coming up to the Christmas period Horse Racing comes to the fore and with people having time off it is part of many family’s traditions to go racing on St. Steven’s Day. In Ireland meetings at Leopardstown and Limerick spring to mind, with both places hosting a Ladies Day on 28th December (see prizes for each listed at the bottom of this post). I think we can all agree these prizes are not to be missed out on and a day of fun is guaranteed. While you’re there you may as well place a few bets!

A trip to the races might only be an annual occasion for some and what to wear can sometimes prove difficult. I thought now might be the perfect time to put together some of my style tips and tricks. These will hopefully see you right for most of the winter season and will bring you to Cheltenham, and possibly Punchestown depending on the weather!

Dress Appropriately

This is something that applies to all areas off fashion, not just racing!

Be Comfortable

Comfort is key at the races. It can be a very long day, especially in the winter time as racing starts earlier. Often a day at the races can lead to a night on the town so one needs to be prepared.

Hats & Fascinators

With so many great milliners in Ireland your options are endless. I have selected some of my favourites below, just click on the image to be redirected to the respective websites. For Ladies Day if you want to compete a hat/fascinator is a must, from my experience of helping judge Ladies Day you won’t be a contender if you’re not wearing one.

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The Winter Coat

A good winter coat is my racing staple. It can make a statement or can compliment you hat/fascinator if you decide to go with one. Also if that night on the town happens after you can be ready to go with your outfit underneath.

cream  red-coat blue camel gal


Accessories have many functions but my favourite is helping you get the wear out of your winter coat. If you invest in a simple black coat accessories are going to help you wear it in many ways. A chunky belt, statement necklace, a fur stole, a Gilet layered on top, a brooch – these are some of my ideas on how to accessorise.

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Referencing back to the comfort point, comfortable shoes/boots will help you enjoy your day at the races. Also take into account what areas of the the racetrack you will be accessing. Will you be accessing the parade ring which is usually grass? Is it wet? – Mind your suede boots!

black-over   lace  brown   heel


Ladies Day Prizes

Check out what Limerick and Leopardstown have on offer.

Limerick Racecourse:

1st prize – Sunway Holidays prize of a sun holiday for two people to include flights from Shannon Airport, accommodation and transfers.

2nd prize – A luxury hamper sponsored by Shannon Duty Free

3rd prize – €200 voucher for Fab Fillies accessories.

Leopardstown Racecourse: 

A total prize fund of €10,000 to be won and €5000 in prizes for the Winning Lady.


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