The race is on to find Down Royal’s Best Dressed Lady and, thanks to a partnership with Magners Forbidden Favours, the stakes are higher than ever before as fashionistas get in line to chase the top prize of a dream Caribbean cruise.

It’s one of the Summer season’s most high profile fashion awards and this year the winner will be selected by an equally high profile panel featuring Cool FM’s Breakfast presenters Pete Snodden and Rebecca McKinley recognised as two of Northern Ireland’s most stylish media icons; Ulster Tatler’s Girl About Town, Nuala Meenehan, Diane McStay from The Style Studio and Julia Galbraith, Magners Brand Manager.

Mr Down Royal himself, Mike Todd said, “It’s super to have Magners Forbidden Flavours back on board to support our Best Dressed Lady Competition on Magners Derby Day.  Three nights in Miami followed by a seven day Caribbean Cruise is a fantastic prize and no doubt the impressive judging panel will have their work cut out for them!”

I’m a massive fan of the Down Royal and I love any chance to dress up! Writing this  made me reflect on my own outfits over the years on Ladies Day, so thought I would share some of my own looks – the good, the bad and the downright wacky (what was I thinking!)

The Down Royal Ulster Derby Day in association with Magners is on Saturday 24 June click here for more information. Good luck!


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