We spoke to fashion and beauty blogger Paula's Beauty to discover her pro tips for being fashion ready for the races.
KV: What is the best piece of style advice you've ever had?
P: It doesn't have to match, and remember don't always follow fashion, follow yourself! A rule of thumb for the races is that you can never be overdresssed. How often do we really get the opportunity to go all out in terms of our style - Own the day!
KV: What essentials make it into your racing day clutch?
For a Ladies Day Racing oufit, you really need to incorporate your handbag into your overall look. I'd always be more comfortable with a clutch than without to be honest at such events. In it, you would find powder, lipstick, a small tube of perfume, a brush or comb, with enough room for the obvious phone, cash and keys.
KV: Do you prep your outfits in advance for the races or do you just do it on the day?
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail as they say! I'm a firm believer in advance organisation, starting as early as reasonable by checking out the boutiques I've had success with in the past. Trust the girls with the knowledge to help you suit your shape. Once the all important dress is selected, you can then think about the matching shoes, jewellery and hair accessories.
KV: What are your top tips for taking a races look from day to night?
It's a long day so making sure to top up your make-up is key. A dash of perfume and more often than not, a helping of hairspray to maintain volume. As the evening progresses, the vibe is always more relaxed so chill and maybe take your hair down for comfort and remove any excess accessories at this stage.
KV: When you attend the races, what fashion/style rule do you swear by to feel confident?
We all spend so much time shopping for things we "can" wear. However, "can" in this particular connotation doesn't necessarily mean it flatters your body. This is why I'd always look for opinions from family members or friends, which in turn helps make me feel confident in the choice I've made if I get an independent thumbs up. When you feel confident in your outfit, it brings an automatic extra Oomph! The right outfit is powerful enough to make you feel strong and fearless - you've got to own it!
We couldn't agree more and thankfully Kildare Village offers a wide range of brands to help you Own the Occasion! If you're searching for the perfect look for the racing season, why not take advantage of our complimentary personal shopping service for a completely unbiased helping hand in picking out your winning look? You can discover more and book your appointment here.
And be inspired by our stunning Millinery Exhibition brought to you by Só Collective, showcasing Ireland's most talented milliners and available to view in Tourist Information and Só Collective boutique until 31 April. Find out more here.