Top tips for race day style

July 25th, 2016 5:00 PM

By Southern Star Team

Classic shapes of the 1940s and ‘50s are still very much in fashion

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Race season has begun for another year and with that comes the usual excitement of planning a knockout ensemble that might just nab you that coveted ‘Best Dressed Lady’ title. 

For the dedicated fashionistas among us who are well aware that a unique, one-off, vintage-inspired piece will bring them ever-closer to one of the most lauded style accolades, I have a tailor-made tip. 

Based in a beautiful Kinsale, Irish fashion label Charlotte & Jane offer the ultimate made to measure, dress buying experience. The designer duo recently announced their latest collection of designs for summer 2016 and it certainly offers inspiration for a super-glamorous race day look. 

Continuing to celebrate the 1940s and ‘50s influences for which the brand is renowned, this season’s styles feature an array of flattering shapes, from classic hourglass and elegant bell-style to flirty full skirts. 

With contrasting textures, fabrics and colour, highlighted by quirky detailing, the collection is the epitome of vintage class with a contemporary twist.

The good news for style savvy ladies is that all garments are made-to-measure by local Cork and Kerry seamstresses, affording you the opportunity to stand out from the glamorous crowds at the races. 

They also offer a wide choice of colours and fabrics, many of which are sourced from Irish mills. 

The final pricing of your design is dependent on fabric and detailing choices, but for ladies who pride themselves on unique style choices, it is sure to be money well spent.

All Charlotte & Jane designs are available to view and purchase online at 

With the perfect outfit sorted, it’s time to up the ante with a flawless beauty look. When applying your race day make-up, it is essential to create a long-lasting base with the help of a primer and a foundation that offers good coverage. 

It is also important to ensure that your look is glam enough for a special occasion but also appropriate to what is predominantly a day-time event.

A great way to get this balance is by creating a dewy, glowing complexion and matching your eyes, lips and cheeks accordingly. 

One product that will help you create a radiant look with minimal effort is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid Complexion Perfector, which instantly blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone. At €32 it is definitely a splurge purchase, but given that it is used by the selfie-obsessed beauty guru Kylie Jenner, I reckon you’re getting bang for your buck!

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