Friday 15 December 2017

Top tips for Ladies Day at Dublin Horse Show

Diana Donnelly wears a selection of Ladies Day outfits from Arnotts at the launch of the Blossom Hill Ladies Day at the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show on August 5th. All photos James Horan/Collins
Diana Donnelly wears a selection of Ladies Day outfits from Arnotts at the launch of the Blossom Hill Ladies Day at the Failte Ireland Dublin Horse Show on August 5th. All photos James Horan/Collins

With some great prizes on offer, there's sure to be some hot competition for Blossom Hill Ladies Day on August 5th. Official fashion partner Arnotts have given us some pointers on how to impress the very stylish judges.

Blossom Hill Ladies Day takes place on Thursday August 5th at the bandstand area of the RDS (close to Anglesea Road entrance). Judging for the second year running will be top couturier Synan O’Mahony and the ever stylish and newly married Amy Huberman.

Proceedings on the day will be MC’d by Xposé’s Aisling O’Loughlin, and a team from Smashbox cosmetics will be on hand to ensure everyone looks their best on stage.

This year Arnotts has come on board as the fashion partner for the event and the two Highly Commended winners, Best Dressed Man and Most Creative Hat winner will all walk away with a €500 Arnotts voucher. The Most Colourful winner will win a stunning Longines watch and the Best Dressed Lady on the day will win an amazing trip to California worth €10,000 from Blossom Hill.

Deirdre Devaney, Fashion and Beauty Director at Arnotts, has these tips to help you be 'best in show' on Blossom Hill Ladies Day at the Fáílte Ireland Dublin Horse Show:

Be yourself

The most important criteria is style. A woman must look confident and comfortable in what she's wearing and understanding the cut and colour that works for you is key.

Be appropriate

Originality is important, attention to fashion trends and, of course, the outfit must also be appropriate to the event - when at the Horse Show, cocktail wear is a real no-no.

It's all in the mix

Style is about how you put an outfit together and carry it off, not how much it costs.

Take care with accessories

Accessories can make the outfit, it is important in choosing an accessory that will match your outfit on the day. Don't wear a hat just because it's the Horse Show. You can always try other things like cute head bands and flowers in your hair.

Watch your bag

Skip the oversize hefty bag and opt for a clutch - it's just that little bit more elegant.

Making up

Natural beauty; don't go overboard with makeup bear in mind that make-up is an accessory too. Simple, basic grooming adds the finishing touch to a look and whatever you do, don't overdo the fake tan!

Weather or not

Predicting the weather can be as tricky as the Puissance, the clever girl knows that a chic cover up is very important. Always take a pashmina or a wrap because even if it is a sunny day, the temperature can drop dramatically by the afternoon.

Arnotts Head of Menswear, Valerie O Neill, has thse style tips for him indoors:

Be suited

Nothing oozes style and sophistication than a man in a well-tailored suit. A suit is an investment so be wise and choose good quality fabrics that will enhance the cut.

Show your personality with your choice of tie or be more laid back with an open neck shirt. Keep it cool by wearing a linen mix or a lightweight wool and mohair mix.

Accessories are key

From the great colour combination in your tie or the timeless elegance of your cufflinks to the personality of your humorous socks and don't forget to buckle up - a great belt can complete the look.

Less is more

Don't mix too many colours or patterns from your suit to your shirt. You don't want to be noticed by the judges for the wrong reasons.

Tie the knot

From schoolboy to windsor knot, so much can be deciphered from a man’s tie. Many men choose to stay away from ties altogether and instead open the top two buttons to create a casual laid back look. My advice if you want to impress the judges is to get practicing your knotting technique.

Registration commences at 12 noon on the bandstand area at The RDS on August 5th and entrants MUST be over 18 years of age. An Arnotts fashion show will take place on the stage prior to the winners being announced.

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