Limerick fashionista Mary Woulfe proves sustainability is 2024’s newest fashion trend
The latest Best Dressed Competition on Sunday January 7 saw Mary Woulfe from Cratloe West in Athea in Co Limerick and her pre-loved outfit declared the winner of the prestigious competition.
Despite the thick fog that descended on Naas Racecourse, Mary’s wine and Gold trouser suit brought colour to what was turning into a very grey day.
Mary bought her preowned Zara boucle wine and gold looped yarn trouser suit from one of the other finalists, Breda Butler, via the Facebook page, Racewear and Wedding Guest Wear for sale.
This Facebook page offers a platform to buy and sell pre-loved garments for occasion wear.
To partner with the trouser suit, Mary wore a hat by Siobhan Boyce Millinery from Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
Her faux fur stole was reimagined from an old coat and was finished with a gold toned brooch.
Mary finished off the look with a pre-loved gold clutch from her friend and purple leather gloves and Lodi gold shoes.
As a prize, Mary won a €2,000 gift card for Frasers Department Store, located in Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge and a two-night stay in the luxurious suite at Lawlor’s of Naas Town Centre Hotel.
She will also wine and dine at Vi’s Restaurant where she will get a dinner and ‘Tipsy Afternoon Tea’.
Runner’s Up Áine Malone from Edenderry in Co Offaly and Breda Butler from Thurles Co Tipperary each received a €100 Frasers gift card and afternoon tea at Lawlor’s Hotel.
The winners of the day were chosen by stylist, influencer and model agency boss, Mandy Maher, alongside model and fashion influencer, Sarah McDermott.
Mandy said: “What a brilliant day, it was so much fun. We are thrilled for Mary she was so elegant, and her bubbly personality matched her sparkling outfit.”
Fellow judge, Sarah McDermott explained that it wasn’t easy for them to choose a winner.
“It wasn’t easy to pick a winner, the style was really incredible and although it was disappointing the racing couldn’t go ahead, we were delighted to still be able to go ahead with the fashion. So many people made such a big effort, and it was great to see the crowds.”
Although the Best Dressed Competition went ahead despite the thick fog, the high-class Grade One Lawlor’s of Naas Novice Hurdle was postponed due to poor visibility.
Just one race went to post and after much consultation with the trainers, jockeys, stewards, and the management team a decision was made to halt proceeding due to poor visibility. The card, which was due to feature the high-class, premium race is now set to run on Friday January 12.