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Ladies dress to impress at the Dublin Horse Show

By Caitlin McBride

Summer could not have picked a better day to finally make a teasing, merciful return to the Irish capital.

Nothing worse than spending a fortune on a hat for Ladies Day at the Dublin Horse Show only for it to end up a curling ruin at the end of the day, never to be worn again.

It gave an extra pep in the step of the lavishly dressed to think they might at least get a wedding out of their millinery masterpiece. One woman revealed that she had topped off her outfit of Victorian eBay finds with a riding crop from a shop specialising in naughty items.

Choosing what to wear is always a vexing puzzle. But Laura Jayne Halton, from Kildare, wowed the judges with her unique ensemble.

With hundreds of fashionable entries, some weird and wonderful, Laura Jayne stuck out from the crowd in her monochrome outfit, her dress and hat designed by herself. The Maynooth woman picked up her shoes from Kurt Geiger and chose frugally for her matching bag, which was purchased in TKMaxx.

Speaking of the winner, model turned fashion blogger Pippa O'Connor said: "There was a fantastic atmosphere at this year's Dundrum Town Centre Ladies Day with everyone enjoying the style on the day. We had a difficult task to choose just one overall winner."

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