Top Tips For Fashionable Racegoers from Lorraine Keane

Naas Racecourse is gearing up for its Grade 1 Raceday, the Lawlor’s of Naas Grade 1 Novice Hurdle on 2 January, 2022. The race, supported by a local business, Lawlor’s of Naas Town Centre Hotel has produced some of the very best novice hurdles in recent years.

Lorraine Keane, fashion judge is encouraging entrants to create an outfit using a mix of vintage, sustainable, second hand and clothes from local boutiques to help support Irish businesses.

Top Tips from Lorraine Keane, Head Fashion Judge at The Naas Racecourse Winter Ladies Day, 2 January, 2022.

She went to say, “I’m looking for a good mix of things – maybe something you’ve had for a long time and restyled or something pre-loved or second hand. Mix it with something new that you know you’ll wear again and again.

She suggests that when you are looking for your perfect outfit to ask for help and don’t be shy to ask somebody in a boutique, “they are personal stylists and they will help you”, she said.

“Find the shapes that suit you and run with it. Once you find the outlines and silhouettes that flatter you best you will look and feel amazing”. Lorraine adds that A-line shaped skirts or dresses are a brilliant option because they suit every body type. “So, when you find out what your body shape is and what style suits you, stick with that because there are lots of options out there.”

“If it’s cold, don’t torture yourself with bare legs, arms and sandals because that’s not appropriate for the weather. You have to look at the forecast and wear something appropriate for the weather, a gorgeous winter coat, and obviously accessorising with a hat and gloves is handy.”

The broadcaster, and fashionista also revealed her secret to using her clothes to look taller, and it couldn’t be simpler.

Lorraine Keane, Fashion Judge, Naas Races

 “I will wear one colour top to bottom, or one print top to bottom, because that will make me look taller.

“I do break it up with colours sometimes, especially when I’m wearing trousers or jeans, but I know for sure that if I’m doing a photoshoot and I wear one colour top to bottom I will look taller.”

Lorraine’s final piece of advice is one we should all make sure to follow – think sustainably and make sure you will get plenty of use out of any new pieces of clothing you buy and shop local!

“Take a photograph of yourself in the outfit and have a little think about it. Think about your purchases, make sure it is something that you will wear again.”

Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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