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Victoria Square Ladies' Raceday - Best Dressed Lady Competition19th August 2010 Back to Latest News List
Follow these tips to ensure you’re in with the best chance to win Best Dressed Lady on Victoria Square Race Evening on 10th September. If you are the lucky winner you will receive:
- £1,000 shopping voucher courtesy of the House of Fraser.
- £1,000 of jewellery courtesy of Lunns the Jewellers.
- An experience at the newly refurbished Merchant Hotel.
How to Dress to Impress ……
When looking at a horse in the paddock, the first thing you should look at is the horse’s head. You want to see a glistening eye, everything in proportion and the horse’s ears pricked. With any well dressed lady at the races, the best dressed judges will be starting in exactly the same way. Therefore a spectacular head piece is vital to catch the judge’s eye. Whichever design you choose, whether it be a hat, fascinator or simple headband, ensure that it is well fastened to your head as you will need both hands for your race card and glass of bubbly!
You should then move onto the neck and shoulder of the horse, focusing on the windpipe and a good 45 degree angle on the shoulder, setting off a shining coat and well muscled body. The best dressed judges’ focus should be exactly the same. They will be looking for an outfit that flatters a ladies’ shape, something that enhances her figure without revealing too much flesh. Victoria Square were very fortunate last year and got amazing weather but always have a check of the forecast before you choose your final outfit and remember a striking parasol can really add to the impact of your outfit.
The old adage, no hoof no horse has to be remembered. Take a final look at the horses’ hooves in the paddock, you are looking for a well shod horse whose hoof is neither too long nor too short and the horse looks comfortable in its walk. This should be reflected in your choice of footwear. You want a stunning pair of shoes that will set off your outfit but are also comfortable enough for you to be able to walk from the paddock to the bookies and the Victoria Square Pamper Area. A best turned out horse’s hooves will be well oiled to match their bridle and saddle. You should try and reflect this concept in your outfit by coordinating your bag, shoes and headpiece.
At the end of racing, a horse is rugged up, made comfortable and taken back to their own stable yard. It is advisable that you follow the same procedure! Bring a warm jacket with you as racing on Victoria Square Day will not finish until 7:30pm and there will be a chill in the air. Try to carry some comfortable flat shoes in your bag to ease the pain in your feet and finally take advantage of the permanent taxi rank at Down Royal outside the turnstiles to whisk you off to your next glamorous location!