Kay Mulcaire pictured in The K Boutique in Adare this Wednesday after returning from London Picture Michael Cowhey
WHILE the horses may be restricted to the simple ponytail or plait, it’s all about cascading curls and bouncy blow-drys for the fillies off the course at this week’s Galway Races.
The seven-day racing festival has triggered a style stampede for fancy hairdos, bespoke headpieces, brightly coloured dresses and comfy jumpsuits.
And it wasn’t today or yesterday that the ladies started prepping.
According to Kay Mulcaire, owner of Isobel boutique and The K Boutique in Adare, ladies turned their attention to the festival as early as last March.
“There has been a lot of colour bought for the races - bright yellows, and pink and yellow mixed - it’s a very vibrant palette. The Limerick ladies are going all out with colour,” Kay explained.
While dresses are always en vogue, jumpsuits are proving to be a real fashion hit for ladies hoping to put their best foot forward at the meeting which features both jumps and flat racing.
“We have sold a lot of dresses but people are very much looking for jumpsuits.
“They are looking for comfort as well as style and elegance. I’m here in London now planning for next year and there’s an amount of wide leg trousers on show.
“I think the fit and flare dresses are going out as well - they are either going for the jumpsuit look or a fitted, sexy look - more structured.”
While floral is huge this season ladies are going with the clever option by splurging on plain fabrics which they can get much more wear out of by changing their accessories.
For the ultimate glamorous look, ladies are opting for cascading curls or bouncy blow-drys to look their best.
“Limerick ladies are well known for their style so we will see a lot of beautiful fascinators or head pieces worn on elegant, softer up-styles kept low on the neck or worn to the side which is very popular among our clients,” explained Annissa Simmons of the Hugh Campbell Hair Group which has a number of salons across Limerick.
“You always have the option to softly half pin back for better hold through the day. To feel those summer vibes, consider working a plait or braid into your style. I love the understated simplicity of a sleek low ponytail.”