5 Modern Looks For The Races

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If fascinators and florals aren’t for you, build a more modern look for the races around these five fabulous pieces.

This gorgeous black asymmetric mini dress will take you anywhere during any season. For the races, pair it with metallic sandals, a clutch bag and a fuchsia pink lip. Pull your hair back into a sleek ponytail for a thoroughly contemporary look.

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Asymmetric draped cotton mini dress, Rick Owens, €1,065 at


A jumpsuit is a sophisticated alternative to a dress, and again, this is a piece that will work for any number of occasions, from the races to a work dinner (simply throw a blazer over it for a more demure look). The mint green shade is elegant and can be paired with subdued neutrals or given depth with something stronger like navy.

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Sleeveless satin-crepe jumpsuit, Galvin, €1,115 at

Give your outfit a real point of difference by opting for a shirt dress. Balance the dress’s boyishness with a statement pair of heels and loose-hanging hair for a sexy but chic look.

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Cotton striped dress, Carven, €390 at Brown Thomas

Stripes are an easy, and sometimes more modern, way of incorporating pattern into your outfit. This one-shoulder ruched dress is so elegant, but has an edge to it too. In winter layer it over a thin-knit polo neck.

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Striped one-shoulder dress, No 21, €973.61 at

You never know what the weather is going to do on a day at the races in Ireland, so this beautiful dress has the advantage of giving you coverage (no pashmina required!), while still looking supremely elegant with its intricate lace and embroidered detailing.

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Bell-sleeved Art Deco dress, Self-Portait, €535 at BT2

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