Leopardstown ladies have lots to smile about
A vintage hat and coat bought on eBay helped Wexford woman Chloe Culleton scoop the most stylish lady title at Leopardstown yesterday.
The 23-year-old trainee solicitor paid just $9 in the US for her 40s accessory which she complimented with a second-hand Marc Jacobs woollen trench coat, and shoes bought in Penney's -- a low-cost combination which helped her beat 15 other finalists in the Irish Tatler & Carton House Most Stylish Lady Competition.
"This is my first time at the races. I can't believe I've won -- it must be beginner's luck. I'm having a fantastic day and I'll definitely be back" said Chloe Culleton who was accompanied to the first day of the festival by her boyfriend Tommy.
RTE presenter Maura Derrane, who judged the competition with Jessie Collins, editor of 'Irish Tatler', said it was Culleton's 40s-style hat which had won her the title.
"The hat was just so unusual. But overall we were looking for a beautiful outfit which was appropriate for the weather. Sometimes less is more, and in Chloe's case, less is definitely more," said Maura Derrane.
A vintage look helped Suzanne McGarry from Kevinsfort, Co Sligo, take second place with a 1930s black coat with white trim from shop Enchanted Vintage in Sligo. Her hat was by Martha Lynn.
Maria Osborne from Kilrush Co Clare came third, the psychology student wearing a red suit with a hat designed by Niamh Reilly, along with a bag from eBay and shoes from H&M.