The Dublin Horse Show is back for the first time in two years, taking place from 17th – 21st August with Ladies Day making its return on Thursday 18th in the iconic grounds of the RDS, a competition which encompasses positivity and inclusivity and, for the first time in the history of the Dublin Horse Show, Ladies Day is open to all of those people who wish to enter, regardless of gender.

The show is packed with family fun, great food and drink as well as fashion and style as world-renowned horses and show jumpers from across the globe descend into the RDS this August.

On Thursday 18th August , Very will crown the Very Best Dressed with an incredible top prize of a  €10,000 gift card , as well as two highly commended prizes worth €1,000. For the first time the top prize is gender neutral. Longines will also be awarding a watch for ‘Elegance is an Attitude’ for two entrants. Registration for the event begins at 11.30am on the Band lawn at the showground.

Lead judge, Bairbre Power, fashion editor at the Irish  Independent will be joined on the day by top UK designer Oliva Rubin.

Here is Bairbre’s three top tips for the day:

TIP 1.
“It’s two years since we last had Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS and the sense of occasion, and celebration will be immense. My top tip is chose an outfit that really reflects your personality rather than what you think the judges might be looking for. It’s always good to turn heads with bold colours and striking, smart  tailoring. Embracing vintage always provides a point of difference but maybe do it with a modern twist”.

TIP 2. 

“It’s always tempting to really push the boat out and try and create an outstanding look to win the €10k prize. Getting the balance right between outfit and accessories is half the fun but don’t be tempted to ‘gild the lily’ because you have three years of dressing up to make up for! Yes, Ladies Day is a spectacle. It is an iconic moment in annual fashion calendar but don’t throw the kitchen sink at it and do remember, it’s a daytime event, so no ballgowns or black tie please!”

TIP 3.
“It could be a long day and registration for the Very Best Dressed starts at 11.30 so think comfort on the shoe front. This is not the day to start breaking in the new shoes or trying to climb back into those vertiginous heels after two years of constant trainers. There is nothing worse than seeing someone beautifully dressed but hobbling onto the stage because their heels are blistered and sore and believe me, it really does show on your face. It’s promises to be a super day and we are looking forward to hearing all your fashion tales on stage. Good luck to everyone”.

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