Hats off to Carol on a great dress
Carol Kennelly proved that a great look isn't just about the hat.
The style queen may have made her own hat based on her signature look of encrusted pearls, but the mother-of-two from Tralee wisely knew just how far to take Coco Chanel's favourite accessory and where to stop.
Her sophisticated cream dress had a real point of difference, something that style judges adore. Her long-sleeved one-piece boasted fabulous contrasts in both texture and silhouette.
The peplum top was classically chic and curvy while the flattering, narrow skirt featured layers of ostrich feathers that bristled deliciously in the wind and added movement - yet another element to admire.
Carol Kennelly sprang to national attention in 2008 when she won Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races. She has become one of the busiest, most respected milliners in the country - with an eye watering 50 hats worn by ladies at the Galway races last week.
When I met Carol at Ballybrit on Ladies Day last Thursday, she laughed about how was wearing "the last hat left" but there was absolutely nothing 11th hour about her RDS outfit by Tina Griffin from Killorglin which was well considered and judged.
Carol was runner-up at the Curragh last year wearing a Tina Griffin- designed 1950s-style outfit.
The two Kerry ladies have clearly forged a winning combination together. It is an indication of Carol's superb millinery skills that she was responsible for two of the hats in yesterday's line-up of finalists. They were worn by Faith Amond and by Mary Stapleton, both of whom reprised the outfits they wore at the Galway Races a week ago.