Hats Off for The Dublin Horse Show!

The Dublin Horse Show is one of my favourite events in my social calendar. I’m not very knowledgeable about horses or the equestrian world but it certainly is a fascinating world. Horses are truly beautiful and graceful creatures. I can see why Degas painted horses and ballerinas, both equally elegant. This society truly emulates elegance, riders wearing close fitting clean line jodphurs, fitted riding jackets, crisp white shirts, knee high leather boots and riding crops. It’s all very sophisticated.

For me the day starts out with lunch, which moves onto champagne and continues with more champagne surrounded by great company with a sufficient measure of Show Jumping to keep the day relevant. The 2017 Dublin Horse Show takes place from Wednesday, August 9th - Sunday, August 13th.  If show jumping is just not your thing there are over 300 trade stands to browse through. From art and antiques, to fashion, and equestrian offerings, you will be spoiled for choice. Each year Ireland’s leading craftspeople exhibit their wares.

Today is Ladies’ Day and is being sponsored by Dundrum Shopping Centre and the judges Judging 'Best Dressed Lady' on the day will be celebrity stylist of the moment, Courtney Smith http://www.courtneysmith.ie/, fashion editor Bairbre Power and Dundrum Town Centre personal stylist Lorna Weightman http://www.styleisle.ie/. Xpose presenter, Cassie Stokes, will act as guest MC on the day.

Dress Code for todays Ladies Day!

The general dress code rules that are acceptable at a Race Meeting would apply to Ladies Day at The Dublin Horse Show. It's recommended to wear something stylish and tasteful that you feel comfortable in and a hat or head-piece is a must. For Ladies Day you should dress to impress, and be as flamboyant and eye-catching as you wish. Hats, dresses, heels, bags and sunglasses can really elevate an outfit form nice to polished.

Suits you, Sir!

For the boys, a suit is always very acceptable. A block colour shirt and maybe a pop of colour or pattern in his tie. If attending with a lady friend it can be nice to keep to the same colour tones. Think Victoria & David Beckham!

Dress Code for Non-Ladies Day!

For me I have attended the Dublin Horse Show on Non-Ladies-Day but dressed for Ladies Day, thanks to my husband’s mis-communication. I felt like a duck out of water. Now I check the details and dress appropriately for the occasion. I opt for an outfit that is comfy but that is of a smart casual nature. It is always recommended to check the weather in advance. Not much point rocking up in an outfit that is doing something completely different to the weather.

Comfort should also be factored into the day and evening. You move about a bit so comfy shoes that won’t sink into grassy areas is probably best. Bring a roomy bag to stow an umbrella/sunnies/flats/make-up!

Accessorize, accessorize and accessorize a bit more. It’s all to do with continuity. Stick to a style and carry it through from head to toe. Some people coordinate every piece of their outfit with the same colour. To be on point requires balance and subtle nods of colour or hues will tie your look together.

Head to Toe!

Headpiece – This can take an outfit from ordinary to extra-ordinary, the pièce de résistance. Usually this piece brings all the colours together through different pieces of haberdashery attached to the centerpiece. Over the years I have seen some really creative and novelty pieces.

Dress – A well cut dress that is cut to below the knee in a quality fabric. Cap or full sleeves in a solid or sheer fabric.  Strapless are generally not welcomed.  Flowy dresses with uneven hems seem to be circulating these events.

Heels – Wearable heels/wedges. Neutral heels are great for elongating your legs and metallics for matching up with any colour.  Ladies walking like bambi in sky high heels and orange skin just won’t cut it. Elegant and demure is high on the checklist.

Accessories – Clutch or shoulder strap is an ideal bag. Statement necklace and earrings will lift an outfit. Sunnies add a bit of drama and mystery to your outfit. Jewellery should be matched to any metal finishes in your dress or shoes and bag. If mixing metals ensure that there is balance and they are coordinating. If it doesn’t feel right or your eye is drawn to it for all the wrong reasons take it off.

I have pulled a couple of combination looks together that would compliment and finish an outfit.

Look #1

| Necklace | Clutch | Bracelet


Look #2


| Necklace | Earrings | Watch | Clutch |

Look #3

| Necklace | Clutch | Earrings |

Look #4

 | Earrings | Clutch | Bracelet |

Look #5

| Necklace | Clutch | Earrings |

Or why not mix and match your own look.  Take a statement necklace or earrings, watch and clutch bag to create and finish your outfit. 

The Ears

The Neck

The Wrist


Under the arm/shoulder

Fingers crossed for some dry weather over the weekend.  Whatever you decide wear or how you accessorise remember its all a bit of fun!


By Edelle Mellett

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