Punchestown Ladies Day Final: The Style Lowdown

30 Apr
The style stakes were at an all time high at the overall final of Coast’s Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown last Friday as women of all ages, shapes and styles donned their Gladrags in an attempt to win the fabulous prize. Pink was definitely the colour of the day, from bold magenta to softer coral hues, whilst classic monochrome was also heavily featured amongst the ladies in attendance.


A team of Coast style spotters narrowed the finalists down to ten, the three winners from the previous days and seven newbies who all talked through their looks onstage in front of a flurry of spectators. I caught a word with the spotters about what they were looking for in their winner and was informed that they were looking for understated elegance over fussy glamour.

The previous days’ winners wore entirely different outfits with Thursday’s Best Dressed Lady admitting she had dashed to Coast to spend her 1000 euro voucher that evening. Although many of the outfits featured a Coast piece, whether that be a handbag or a necklace, none of the finalists wore the brand head-to-toe, silencing the critics who previously claimed the winner would need to wear current season Coast to claim the much-coveted prize.

The overall winner was Niamh Rothwell from County Wicklow whose monochrome outfit was a mix of designer and discount, featuring a Philip Treacy hat and gloves from Penneys.  She teamed her black lace Coast dress with a white Hobbs jacket, Bally Shoes and a Whistles bag.

Niamh is wife to trainer Philip Rothwell and admitted her surprise at winning, as although she comes to Punchestown every year, she has never won anything in the Best Dressed Lady competition before. One of the judges on the day, TV Stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick explained why Niamh’s look was a cut above the rest, saying  ‘’We wanted a winner who was dressed appropriately for the turning weather but also someone who really dressed up for Ladies Day. Niamh exuded that for us, and we were thrilled to give her the Coast prize.”

Niamh will now jet off with a partner of her choice to three international cities – New York, London and Madrid where she will have 1000 euro to spend on a ‘’Coast by Appointment’’ session in each of the three locations.


One Response to “Punchestown Ladies Day Final: The Style Lowdown”


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