Ditch all the fake tan and high heels if you want to be a Ladies Day winner - Roz

By Elaine McCahill

DITCH the orange fake tan and matchy outfits for this year's Ladies Day - that's the advice from top model and designer Roz Purcell.

The fine fillies attending this year's Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show should opt for less traditional outfits if they want to be a standout winner, the model said.

Roz said that she has seen some particularly woeful outfits at horse racing events, but said that with a bit of effort and thought, women could easily catch the judges' eyes.

"Some women go OTT with the fake tan and that can actually ruin an outfit," she told the Herald.

"Another pet peeve of mine is girls being crippled in their heels, you don't have to wear mega-high heels to look well and flats are really in at the moment as well.

"Finally, you have to be so wary about your fascinator - you don't have to have all of your accessories matching."

But Roz, who was speaking at the launch of the 2014 Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, thinks that Irish women's style is evolving.

"The conventional Ladies Day is definitely changing, even when I'm judging the best dressed competition, my brief is to look for something more modern, and you don't have to spend loads of money to be a winner," she said.

"Nowadays you can be a bit more street-style, and wear clothes from high street stores.

"I would also choose someone who was a bit more alternative."


With her suit range coming out in September, Roz would love to see a girl in a suit win best dressed on ladies day.

"I'm really excited about my range that are tailor-made for women and it would be great to see a girl wearing a suit win best dressed," she said.

"I'd even go for a suit with a flare and a big floppy hat, which would be really cool. That's the kind of outfit I would wear."

Roz was joined by Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Affairs, and Newstalk Presenter George Hook at the launch.

Mr Ring said that the Horse Show is a major event for Ireland and Dublin.

"It's in 141st year and welcomes thousands of visitors from both home and abroad," he said.

"It's great to be launching such a wonderful Irish event especially with the Garth Brooks concerts cancelled, although I hope those who were planning to travel will still come to Dublin as we'll be putting on events throughout the city and there's lots to do in Dublin anyway."