A LAST-minute purchase of a blue hat and matching bag gave County Limerick’s Sarah Hayes Kelly the splash of colour she needed to walk away the prize of best dressed lady at the Curragh.
The primary school teacher from Friarstown, Grange stole the show in the Classic Ladies Race Wear Competition on Sunday in a cream, knee-length dress with capped lace sleeves which she purchased from Warehouse in Limerick.
It was the third time that her cream number had got an outing - Sarah purchased the dress last year for her son Adam’s christening and also wore it to a friend’s wedding.
“I saw the dress last year and I said ‘I must see if I can get my hands on one’,” she said.
While her mum, Mary, had mentioned about attending the races earlier in the week, Sarah only made up her mind to go at 10am on Saturday. Then, it was into the city to purchase something blue – having a hint of blue in the outfit was part of the criteria for entering the competition on the day. “I bought the blue and cream headpiece from Number 15 on Anne Street and I purchased the bag from Glitzi Bitz in Arthur’s Quay. It was basically a 15 minute run around, up, down and gone,” said Sarah who teaches at Our Lady of Lourdes school in the city.
She completed the outfit with cream peep-toe, sling-back shoes from Next, and a matching cream wrap.
The judging panel which included milliner to the stars Louis Mariette chose five finalists from the glamorous attendance and luckily Sarah was amongst them. The mother-of-one was “thrilled” when she was chosen as the outright winner.
Describing her outfit, the commentator said that the dress looked like it was made for her and noted that she wore it with ease.
Watching on was her “delighted” mum, Mary, who added her own touches to the winning creation. “She has the eye for fashion. She gives me tips. I had the cream flower put in another place on the hat and she moved it saying it would be better here,” said Sarah.
For her efforts the glamorous mother-of-one walked away with €3,000 worth of furnishing and home décor from Michael Murphy Home Furnishing in Newbridge, a pamper day at Coogan Bergin and a make-over courtesy of The White Door.
This is not the first time that Sarah’s sense of style has earned her an award. Only last year she was named ‘most colourful’ on Ladies’ Day at the Dublin Horse Show. Weeks later she was named the best dressed at the Limerick Show and in May 2007, Sarah was crowned the Best Dressed Lady at the Tralee Races.
To celebrate her latest title, Sarah treated her mum and friends before returning home to Limerick to share her delight with her husband Leo Kelly and son Adam.