This is Galway’s Guide to Winning Ladies Day 2023
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This is Galway’s Guide to Winning Ladies Day 2023

Here at This is Galway, we know a thing or two about fashion which is why we want to help you ensure that you win Ladies Day and that sweet cash prize. Discover some top-tier fashion tips below and good luck!

Meet your judges; This year we are delighted to see the dashing and unforgettable Kieran O'Malley (seriously, how could we forget him?!) return to the judging panel for the Galway Races 2023, alongside the stunning fashion icons Rachel Gorry and Mandy Maher. This trio will calling the shots on the best looks of the day so make sure to put your best hat on and dress to impress. For the second year running, the Connacht Hospitality Group will sponsor both the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition at Ladies Day on Thursday, August 3, with a €10,000 cash prize and a prize of €3,000 for the winner of the ‘Best Hat’.

above: Ladies Day Judges, courtesy of Galway Races

Starting with Hair and Makeup

To get that head turning hairdo, book in for an appointment with the amazing team at Head Shed. These ladies are experts when it comes to getting that perfect red carpet balyage and special occasion up styling, so be sure to drop them a line to see how they can help your hair become award-winning. If you need some more options be sure to check out our guide to getting your hair done in Galway right here. When it comes to taking care of the makeup side of things, in amongst the many fashionable bags, shoes and accessories, Brown Thomas Galway has got a massive array of skincare and makeup brands to choose from. The team here know all sorts of makeup tips and tricks so be sure to get their advice on how best to create a flawless look. Alternatively, Michelle's Skin and Beauty Clinic are specialists in Environ and DMK skincare, and take a tailored approach to helping you feel more comfortable in your skin. In addition to these skin treatments they also provide services such as waxing, massages, lash & brow, threading, tanning, and makeup application. To help you feel refreshed and energised for all the ladies day action, Maíne Alcalde's body lymphatic drainage and facial massages are cure-alls. We can guarantee you both look and feel amazing after your appointment with her. Discover more beauty salons to pamper yourself with a bit of beautifying here.

above: courtesy of Maíne Alcalde 

Dress to the Nines

To find the perfect look for you, head straight to Harper to find the dress of your fashionista dreams. The team at Harper really do know how to create a show-stopping look so be sure to get their advice. They stocks exclusive brands from around the globe paying particular homage to the latest fashion trends and their own customer preferences. On the rails you'll find an array of cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and stylish jumpsuits. Bringing both preloved pieces and newer clothing together in one beautiful space, No. 8 brings preloved luxury fashion to the streets of Galway. They stock a large range of designer handbags, shoes and perfume, as well as eye-catching newer pieces, accessories and wellness products. Kilkenny Design is home to Ireland’s largest collection of Irish designers, stocking everything from fashion, accessories to handmade jewellery. The team here will also act as your personal shoppers so you can be sure you'll be leaving with an outfit that is both flattering and eye-catching.

above: courtesy of Harper

Add some Accessories and a Hat

Bring your outfit to the next level with Irish Socksciety's horsey socks. While the socks may be horsing around, we certainly aren't! Get your pair from Aplomb in Galway's Westend to put your best foot forward to winning ladies day. With your outfit sorted, it’s time to add a bit of gold or silver to complete your look with the help of Ór Jewellery. In time for the Galway Races they are offering an amazing 10% off their Ór collection both online and instore. Make sure you call in and pick up some jewellery and headwear to finish off your stylish outfit, shop here. Topping off you award-winning look, you are going to need an award-winning hat! To acquire this, we recommend calling into Mega Catchy to check out their range of unique accessories and fascinators. Here you are certain to find the perfect pieces to compliment your outfit. Alternatively, if you fancy making your own winning hat, head over to the milliners at Decorate Your Own in Woodquay to collect all the bits and bobs you need to create your own bespoke headwear. Go big or go home as they say...

above: Mega Catchy, photo by Chloe Richardson

Something for the Men

While it is ladies day, we can't just forget the men especially if they plan on being your +1 for your day at Ballybrit racecourse! Providing the perfect fresh look for men of all ages, 3 B's Barber and Hair Salon offer a wide range of service from buzz cuts and beard trims to blow dries and student deals, they’ve even got a selection of products that will keep your hair shining and styled to perfection once you’re out of the salon chair. When it's time to get suited and booted, Louis Copeland and Sons should be your first point of call. Synonymous with fine tailored clothing and high end fashion for men in Ireland, if its a suit you are after, they offer top quality made to measure suits ensuring you are looking your finest every time you dress to impress. Sponsors of Galway Races, Anthony Ryans have an impressive range of menswear, accessories and shoes. The team here have been helping men find their Race Week look for decades so rest assured, after visiting them you'll be one of the finest looking fellas around the racecourse.

above: photo of Louis Copeland and Sons

Feature photo from Ladies Day 2022, photo by Murtography

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