What to Wear at the Races | The Curragh Racecourse
What To Wear

What To Wear

We hope to be able to run the Style Event again shortly once Covid-19 restrictions allow. 

There’s nothing like a race day to let your style shine and for you to enjoy the chance to dress up. Racing is a blend of indoor (with proof of digital cert) and outdoor facilities under the current Covid-19 guideines, we  would suggest you check the weather forecast before leaving your home and dress for the weather. While we hope for sunshine during race meetings, you may need rain gear/warm clothes. Men – you do not have to wear ties, and jackets are not compulsory but smart casual is good and is the norm on most days. Ladies – Dress accordingly for the occasion and the weather.


We hope to get Style Events back as soon as possible. The winning Longines Young Designer will be announced at The Curragh on Day 2 of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on 12th September. 

Style tips from our judges 
What do you wear at the races?
Having been a best dressed judge a few times, I’ve seen so many outfits that have been memorable and that’s for one reason; the person looked so comfortable and confident in their outfit. They owned it! So when choosing an outfit, these are the things to bear in mind. I always say it’s not about “trend or spend”, it’s about looking in the mirror knowing you have created your own individual style, and that’s what you wear to the races. 
How important is jewellery to a winning Race Day outfit? And how can it elevate a look?
I love how jewellery can completely change a look. You may have had a dress or suit for years and need some inspiration on how to wear it again. Just by adding in a statement earring, or layered necklace look you can update something you already have. I always look for these small details; how someone complemented the neckline of a dress with jewellery or a catching piece that becomes the linchpin of a look. 
Is personality important in someone’s outfit?
Absolutely, and this is something I champion in my own style. Style is the easiest expression of who you are in visual terms. Colour, shape, cut and texture can represent a person. I love seeing a vibrant outfit and how a person uses that to channel who they are. 
What tips do you have for combining elegant footwear with Race Day wearability?
Always, always prioritise comfort. You stand all day and have to traverse grass the odd time too! I love a block heel or flat for this reason. The last year has taught us indirectly how we love to feel relaxed in our clothes, so flat sandals and ballerina pumps are making a comeback for summer. But if you like to add some height then look out for a thicker heel. This will guarantee some stability and comfort all day. 
How about accessories?
We cannot talk about Race Day style without mentioning hats! The last number years has seen a surge in popularity of Irish millinery which is amazing. The talent we have here is incredible and racegoers are wonderful supporters of these designs in their outfits. I love to see a pared back outfit with the most ornate hat; it makes you stand out and it keeps your style balanced. 
So, it’s time to plan your outfit and get snapping to upload your entry before Saturday at 2pm! 
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