It's a highlight of summer fashion - Ladies Day at the races - and we have an expert guide to getting your style on point this year.

McElhinneys of Ballybofey, renowned for blending on trend and classic occasion wear, have the winning ticket for style this season.

Thursday the 3rd of August is Ladies Day at the Galway Races and is described as the most “visually sumptuous” festival event. The style stakes are high indeed as top prizes are awarded to the best dressed women and those with the best hats.

Ladieswear consultant Sarah Scott at McElhinneys has given us a guide for our next flutter. She says the main look this year is contemporary elegance and we are making statements with big and bold headwear rather than jewellery.

“Customers are keeping it extremely simple with elegant cuts, midi length and a powerful hat. Accessories are simple and complimenting with no statement jewellery,” Sarah said.

“There is no holding back, it’s all about the hats this year. They are making the outfit complete.”

The featured fascinators here are from the Millinery By Mairéad collection, available instore only at McElhinneys.

Kevan Jon Ladradorite Pola Plunge Dress

Dressing for the races is about having a polished day-appropriate look that catches the eye of the judging squad. Sarah advises looking to main brands including Kevan Jon, Fee G, Umit Kutluk, Caroline Kilkenny and Matilde Cano for that elegant statement dress.

If you are sporting McElhinneys fashion this Race Day, here’s a chance to WIN a €200 gift card:

McElhinneys on Main Street Ballybofey have some of Donegal’s most experienced consultants to help you get your individual race day look together from head to toe. Visit to browse their full collection of occasion wear styles or call instore from Mondays-Saturdays to meet the team.