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6 Galway Races Outfits That You'll Actually Wear Again

Ladies Day, here you come!

Essentially a Julia Roberts circa Pretty Woman mood board. 

Occasionwear is challenging at the best of times - especially when that occasion is a day at the races.

Thanks to strict dress codes and age-old traditions, it can feel like you're playing dress-up and therefore end up buying something you would never, ever wear again. Because real talk: when are you ever going to wear a fascinator that looks like a creature you'd see on a David Attenborough documentary? Or, more importantly, should you really be spending hundreds of euro to own one?

But not all race dress codes are antiquated. Races such as the Galway Races are the chance to dress up and wear something you wouldn' usually, but that you will one hundred per cent wear time and time again.

Keep scrolling for your guide on what to wear to the Galway races.

The Dresses

It can be tempting to stay very traditional at the races, but the reality of wearing that off-the-shoulder dip hem gown again isn't very likely now is it? Instead, take cues from Julia Roberts in the film Pretty Woman. Polka dot dresses is a look that will forever be timeless. But if dots aren't your thing, floral day dresses can too, look the most elegant at the races.

Agyness Polka Dot Dress, €335, Rixo

Floral Tiered Midaxi, €68, Topshop


The golden rule of dressing for the races is to try avoiding high heels altogether because the fact is, you will be on your feet all day. You'll likely also have to walk far from the car park to the stands. Do as the royals do and wear a pair of wedge espadrilles.  Alternatively, if even a heeled wedge is too high, opt for a low mule. 

Carina 60 Canvas Wedge Espadrilles, €90, Castañer

Fabric Mules With Knot, €29.95, Zara


Certain races or enclosures have specific requirements when it comes to your hats, such as in the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot, where you must wear a headpiece that covers at least four inches in diameter. However, if you aren't a hat person, the Galway Races don't have any specific headpiece requirement.  Play with bows, headbands or clips. These will look far cooler and younger than a formal fascinator.

Pearl Hair Band, €16.60, ASOS

Velvet Bow, €169, Jennifer Behr

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