Galway Races is one of the biggest social events in many Irish people’s calendar. Whether it be for the love of betting, beer, equestrian or fashion Galway Races never fails to disappoint.

This year I was lucky enough to attend my first ever Ladies Day. Whilst being full of excitement in anticipation of my maiden voyage to this brilliant festival I knew that it also spelt the beginning of a hunt for that ‘perfect dress’!

I felt uncomfortable at just the thought of slipping into a plain structured dress of modest length and demure styling, as this is just not me.

I decided to build my whole outfit around one purchase – this amazing hat by Suzanne Ryan Millinery. It was love at first sight when I saw this piece on Facebook and at €80 I had to have it. The best thing about this hat for me is that it is not a stereotypical headpiece and I feel I will get wear out of it at music festivals and the like. Suzanne’s pieces are amazing and she has quite the flurry of high profile fans such as the Beauty Blogger, Suzanne Jackson – So Sue Me.

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My dress was purchased in Zara a few years ago and I had only worn it once. I love the beading detail and loose fit of the dress which I nipped in at the waist with a vintage leather belt given to me by my Mam. I also accessorised with nude sparkle heels from Barratts and a nude clutch from Penny’s, both donated by my sister.

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With such a wide array of beautiful outfits and amazing hats I don’t know how they decided on one winner for best dressed lady. If I am being honest the winner was not what I expected – I guess it is just not my personal style. What is interesting is that an almost identical outfit was seen on the ‘Sugarbabes’ singer Heidi Range’s sister, Hayley at the – Audi International at Guards Polo Club just a week previous!!

The skirt can be found at Coast – Rita Skirt €155

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