5 Modern Looks For The Races

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.01.40 Asymmetric draped cotton mini dress, Rick Owens, €1,065 at net-a-porter.com



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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.07.01 Sleeveless satin-crepe jumpsuit, Galvin, €1,115 at matchesfashion.com

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.19.35 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.


Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.22.03 Striped one-shoulder dress, No 21, €973.61 at farfetch.com

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.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 16.27.47 Bell-sleeved Art Deco dress, Self-Portait, €535 at BT2

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