The Irish Times Magazine - - FASHION -

Study­ing the form takes on a whole new mean­ing when it comes to dress­ing for the races. Next weekend the stakes are high with the Longines Ir­ish Cham­pi­ons Weekend tak­ing place on Septem­ber 9th in Leop­ard­stown and 10th at the Cur­ragh with the Longines Prize for El­e­gance com­pe­ti­tion and ¤ 25,000 worth of lux­ury prizes. “Cham­pion” stylist In­grid Hoey of­fers tips on how to master rac­ing style for in­ter­ested con­tes­tants and the first is not to fol­low other win­ners. “It’s about per­sonal and prac­ti­cal el­e­gance and what suits you. So it’s no to out­ra­geous millinery, stilet­tos and open toed san­dals, frilly, bro­ken or matchy um­brel­las, fake tan over­load and ex­trav­a­gant up­does. And yes to keep­ing pat­tern and print sim­ple, to good groom­ing and man­i­cures and re­mem­ber­ing that less is more”, she coun­sels. “And if a hat fright­ens you, opt for a pair of state­ment ear­rings in­stead.” Pho­to­graph by Alex Hutchin­son. DMcQ

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