The Galway races, arguably best known for Ladies Day, is a celebration filled with fashion, horse racing and much more. 
The stunning Miss Ireland Aoife O'Sullivan and Milliner Elizabeth Christina Design are headlining the best hat competition in the G Hotel Galway this weekend. 
 


This glamorous duo will be in the spotlight this year for the special day, with O'Sullivan judging the 2019 winner of the competition and Elizabeth Christina creating a custom fit hat for the chosen winner. 

Cork Milliner and last year's winner Tina Coyne of Elizabeth Creative Design has created a unique and exclusive bespoke hat which emphasizes the central focus of the 2019 event. 

When we asked O'Sullivan who her Ladies Day fashion inspiration was she said Lindsey J. Ridings, explaining that "She is an Australian designer and regular Ladies' day winner. Her looks are versatile yet always elegant and polished".

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Speaking on how the stakes have changed since last year, O'Sullivan said, "I think the style of hats are constantly evolving. Every year people wear bigger and bolder styles. However, it's so important that your hat compliments your outfit rather than competes against it".

It appears that last year's Miss Ireland certainly loves her style, and while she'll be judging others for their outfits this year, we can't help but admire hers.

When asked how she keeps up with the trends, O'Sullivan said that bloggers and designers inspire her most. She added: "Almost every page I follow is beauty and fashion related. I love to be inspired by other outfits and then put my own unique stamp on them".

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While we'll be asking everyone from our mums to our best friends what outfit looks best for this year's big day, what better person to ask than the judge herself?

The fashion lover's advice to those looking to win the grand prize of €1,000 for the best hat this year is, "to wear something that is comfortable so you can enjoy your day and walk confidently". 

"It is important to express your own individual flair and style so that your look is unique and enough to turn the judges' heads. What separates the winner from the finalists are the fine details and how polished the overall look is". 

O'Sullivan even gave us some hints that might help us make the judges heads turn this year: "My favorite trend this year are the large sleeves and puff shoulders. I've seen a lot of them so far this season, and they may even be incorporated into my own outfit at Galway. There is something so elegant about them". 

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The former primary school teacher is now fully immersing herself into the world of modeling and fashion, and we couldn't help but ask her what her life has been like since she left her career in education. "It has been phenomenal," she told RTÉ LifeStyle.

"It won't be until my year as Miss Ireland is up that I will truly realize how special it was. I’ve pursued a career as a model and social influencer as well as traveled across the world for various competitions and festivals. I’m so grateful for every opportunity that has come my way".

That said, she hasn't put away the erasers and copy books just yet. "I will be handing over the crown on the 14th of September and will be returning to teaching. However, I plan to keep up modeling and social influencing in the evenings and weekends. I've always had a passion for teaching and can’t see why I wouldn’t be able to manage both".   

Hats off to you, Aoife!